Andrea Carter

Posted by Sue Leonard on Thursday 1st October 2015

Andrea always wanted to be a barrister. But, unable, initially, to afford the Bar, she set up as a solicitor in Donegal, hoping to do lots of advocacy.

“I started writing in a casual way,” she says.  “It was a good stress reliever.”

In 2005, when she sold her practise, moved to Dublin and became a barrister, Andrea started writing seriously.

“I took some writing courses, and learned about language. I finished the book. It was longlisted for the Irish Writer’s Centre Novel Fair. That gave me confidence. I started a second book. I wrote quickly and it flowed.”

The second book was shortlisted for the Novel Fair in 2012. Taking leave of absence from the Bar, Andrea took an MFA in Creative Writing, and shortly afterwards acquired her agent.

“We edited the second book together, and within six months I had my book deal.”

Who is Andrea Carter

Date of birth: 6th July, 1969, in Northumberland to Irish Parents.

“My parents moved to Zambia for three years, and then to County Laois in Ireland.”

Education: Local Convent in County Laois. Trinity College Dublin; Law. University College Dublin; MFA in Creative Writing.

Home:  Chapelizod, Dublin.

Family: Partner, Geoff.

The Day Job:  On leave of absence from the Bar.

Interests:  “I run. It keeps me sane.”

Favourite Writers:  Jane Austen; P.D. James; Joyce Carol Oates; John McGahern.

Second Novel: Treacherous Strands, to be published next August. (Book Two in the Inishowen Mystery series.)

Top Writing Tip:  Never send out unfinished work. Get the manuscript as good as it can possibly be.

Web:    Twitter: @andysaibhcarter

The Debut: Death at Whitewater Church. Constable:€18.99. Kindle:€19.07 

Solicitor, Benedicta, (Ben,) O’Keefe discovers a skeleton in a crypt. The locals assume the bones belong to Conor Devitt, who went missing on his wedding day six years earlier. But the post-mortem proves otherwise.

Sgt Tom Molloy takes charge, but Ben does some investigations of her own. An outsider, with a secret, she tries to unpeel the events of the past.

“Ben started off as me. When I changed from the third to the first person, she developed her own personality and back story.”

The Verdict: I adored this traditional crime novel; it’s modern day Agatha Christie, with Ben as Miss Marple.

Published in The Irish Examiner on 26th September, 2015.

© Sue Leonard. 2015. 

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