Bernice Barrington

Posted by Sue Leonard on Wednesday 13th April 2016

Bernice’s father was a great storyteller, and she has always loved the medium. A journalist, she worked as an intern for Image Magazine, doing a writing course in the evenings. That led to an MA in Galway.
“I started a novel for my thesis, but never finished it.”

She then worked for the Longford Leader, covering everything from flower shows to politics.
“I especially loved court reporting. The stories were amazing.”

Moving to Dublin, Bernice worked in Whitespace Publishing, ending up editing Mothers and Babies Magazine for the Irish Independent. When the recession hit, her days were cut, and she wrote another novel. Agent Sheila Crowley liked her writing, but suggested something grittier. In 2013, made redundant, Bernice spent a week at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and got started on her debut.

“I wrote it all summer, finished it around Christmas 2014, and sent it to Sheila. She rang to tell me Penguin had bought it when I was in Seville, celebrating my birthday. That was so exciting, after two difficult years.”

Who is Bernice Barrington

Date of birth: 11th May, 1979, in County Longford.

Education: Cnoc Mhuire Secondary School, Granard Co Longford. Trinity College Dublin; English and German. University College Galway; MA in Creative Writing.

Home: Dalkey, County Dublin.

Family: Husband Brian, whom I met on that first writing course; baby due end of July.

The Day Job: Project Manager for a media company.

Interests: Movies; keeping fit. Going to the gym and walking.

Favourite Writers: Marian Keyes; Ella Griffin; Ciara Geraghty; Charlotte Roche; Tana French; Ian Rankin.

Second Novel: “I desperately want to write a second novel. I have characters in my head.”

Top Tip: Work on the psychology of writing, and banish the fear. Also, get to the end.

Web: Twitter: @beebarrington

The Debut: Sisters and Lies: Penguin Ireland: €17.99. Kindle: €11.38.

When Rachel Power hears that her younger sister, Evie, is in a coma following a car crash, she is devastated. Rushing over to London, hearing that Evie was driving, and no other car was involved she is perturbed. Her sister couldn’t drive.

Investigating her sister’s life, the mysteries mount. Was the accident suspicious? Is Rachel’s life also in danger?

The Verdict: A gritty page turner with emotional resonance.

Published in The Irish Examiner on 9th April

© Sue Leonard. 2016.

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