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.
Writing wasn't Ellie's first career, she sold spider catchers in Sydney, flipped burgers in Dublin and worked in advertising in both Dublin and London. 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. She is currently working on a third book with Simon and Schuster, due for publication next year. 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.