Ellie O’Neill is the best selling author of Reluctantly Charmed. Her second novel The Enchanted Island was released in Australia and New Zealand late last year and is doing very well, thank you. Her third novel, words she never thought she'd write, The Right Girl, will be released by the lovely people of Simon and Schuster in February next year.
Writing wasn't Ellie's first career, she sold spider catchers in Sydney, flipped burgers in Dublin and worked in advertising in Dublin, London and Melbourne. All the while, she had that niggling feeling, that she had stories to tell. So, at thirty-something, she made the brave leap and moved back in with her parents to get the job done. Swopping the dizzy disco lights of London for their suburban Dublin house, she scribbled away hoping and praying that there was an ending to the story that had been hatching in her head for a number of years. Her first novel Reluctantly Charmed was born.
Then most unexpectedly Ellie fell madly in love. The only catch, he lived in Australia. True to form she couldn’t ignore the magic and followed her heart to Oz for what was supposed to be a long holiday. It turned into a six year hiatus during which time Ellie published two books with Simon and Schuster and had two Australian baby boys with Joe. All projects were labors of love, frustrated tears, sleepless nights and chocolate. As if there wasn’t enough going on, Ellie and Joe decided to move their little family across the world back to Ireland to cash in on free babysitters. A few months ago they settled in a very pretty rural retreat in the south east of Ireland and are delighted to spend time again with family and friends and a little bit surprised at how their three year old can curse perfectly in an Irish accent.
"Reluctantly Charmed is a sweet, whimsical, quintessentially Irish novel guaranteed to add a little magic to your day!"
"O’Neill’s writing is sharp, funny, and authentic, and she brings us a believable – and truly likable – protagonist in the most unlikely of circumstances. Reluctantly Charmed is a first effort that will bring O’Neill plenty of fans, while reminding her readers to keep an eye out for magic in surprising places."
In this chatty and original debut, a young Irish woman's life is turned upside down when she publishes the cryptic messages left behind by an ancestor.....The true appeal of the novel is in the author's sure-handed depiction of Ireland's landscape, people and lore.