Christina McDonald

Posted by Sue Leonard on Wednesday 26th June 2019

Christina has been telling stories as long as she can remember, and has always wanted to be a writer.

“I went into journalism as a way to make money from writing.”

Graduating in America just after 9.11, Christina travelled, ending up in Ireland, where she took an MA.

“During that, I did an internship in the Sunday Times in Dublin.”

After graduating, she did another internship in Seattle, then she married, and moved back to Galway, freelancing for The Connaught Tribune and Galway Independent amongst others.

Then, moving to London, she set up a digital copy writing service, working as a consultant and writer for various well-known brands.

“I loved that, but Ultimately, I liked making up stories, and I needed to sit and down and write a novel.”

She wrote another novel, before the debut.

“My agent sold it after a war between two publishers.” 

Who is Christina McDonald?

Date of birth: 13th May, 1979. Seattle

Education:  Mount Rainier High School.  University of Washington, Journalism and political science. NUI Galway, MA in Journalism.

Home: London.

Family: Husband, Richard Legg. Adam, 10, Aidan, 5, and a golden retriever.

The Day Job: Fulltime writer. “And I run an online book club, and interview other authors.”

In Another Life: “I’d go back to copywriting, because I loved being part of a team, and making life easier for readers.”

Favourite Writers: Agatha Christie Daphne de Maurier; Tana French; Gilly MacMillan; Mary Kubica; Heather Gudenkauf; Riley Sager; David Bell.

Second Novel: “It’s due out in February 2020. It’s about a woman who wakes up in hospital and can’t remember if she murdered her mum.”

Top Tip: “Just be self-disciplined. I write when the boys are at school.”

Website:  Twitter: @christinamac79


The Debut: The Night Olivia Fell. HQ €9.99.  Kindle: €1.15

When Abbi Knight learns that her teenage daughter, Olivia has fallen from a bridge, and is now on life support, she doesn’t believe it was an accident. Why do the police not believe her? And what secrets was Olivia hiding from her mother?

As Abbi starts an investigation of her own, she discovers that her daughter has been searching for her father – uncovering Abbi’s own secrets from the past.

The Verdict: A clever page turner which, switching from before Olivia’s accident, to after it, keeps the reader in thrall. 


Published in The Irish Examiner on 11th May

© Sue J Leonard. 


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