Sinéad was born and raised in Dublin where she grew up surrounded by books. Her mother is an author of children's books. Growing up, Sinéad says she was inspired by watching her mother writing at the kitchen table and then being published. From that moment on, her childhood dream was to write a novel.
After university, she went to live in Paris and then London. It was at the age of thirty, while working as a journalist in London that she began to write creatively in her spare time. After a couple of years toying with ideas, she joined a creative writing group and began to write The Baby Trail. Shortly after the novel was published, Sinéad had a baby boy - a very happy ending to her own Baby Trail.
Since writing the book, Sinéad has moved back to Dublin where she lives with her husband and baby son. The second and last titles in the The Baby Trail series - A Perfect Match and From Here to Maternity, are also published by Penguin. Sinéad's latest novel is In My Sister's Shoes.
You can visit Sinéad Moriarty's own website at www.sineadmoriarty.com.
Sinead Moriarty, the author of The Baby Trail, a sparkling and laugh-out-loud funny debut, lets us peak into her life with our twenty quick-fire questions.
Who or what always puts a smile on your face?
My old photo albums – the clothes and hairstyles are hilarious, (the scary thing is I actually thought I looked ‘cool’!)
What are you reading at the moment?
I’m currently reading: Donna Tartt’s The Little Friend, DBC Pierre’s Vernon God Little and Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - all completely different and equally brilliant.
Which author do you most admire?
I love reading books by authors that make me stand back in awe because the writing is so poetic. Four Letters of Love by Niall Williams is one of my favourite books, as is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy and An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan. All three authors write like poets.
What's your earliest memory?
Being lumbered with my sister’s First Holy Communion dress. It was short, which was fine when she made her Communion, but by the time I made mine – the maxi was in. I was the only girl in the class wearing a short dress and I wasn’t happy about it.
What is your greatest fear?
How would you like to be remembered?
Have you even done something you've really regretted?
I grew up
How do you spoil yourself?
Chocolate, a blazing fire and an old Bette Davis movie.
What's your favourite word/book?
Can I have a phrase? ‘It’s never too late’
Who do you turn to in a crisis?
What makes you angry?
Call centers turn me into a monster. Also I think that anyone who has Greensleeves as their call-waiting music should be put away for life.
Have you ever had any other jobs apart from writing?
I worked in marketing for four years and then as a journalist for six years in London which was great fun as I got to travel the world on expenses!
Are you in love?
What's your worst vice?
Watching Oprah when I should be writing
What are you proudest of?
Everything and nothing
Where do you write?
In the spare room at home
Where's your favourite city?
Paris. I lived there for a year and adored it.
When was the last time you cried?
I practically had to be medicated when Sex and the City ended.
One wish; what would it be?
That fake tan was permanent
Did you enjoy school?
I didn’t dislike it, but I went to a very strict convent school, so I couldn’t wait to get out of the place and experience life and all it had to offer...