Emma Quigley

Posted by Sue Leonard on Friday 16th March 2018

Emma loved writing in school, but she was more interested in film. After college, however, she turned to the world of IT, and has been working in that industry since.

“I worked in Limerick, then moved to Galway, and finally, back to Dublin. I’m now a freelance contractor, doing technical writing in  IT.”

Meanwhile, Emma has been tinkering with writing.

“When my son was 10 I self-published a a book, but I didn’t like the process. Then, in 2000, when he was going off to secondary school, he was saying, ‘None of my friends read.’ That really annoyed me, and I thought I should write something that they might read. I decided to try my hand at comedy. It took four years, writing between contracts.”

Emma has since tried her hand at screenwriting.

“I love it. My writing is dialogue based, so I find the process natural.”

Who is Emma Quigley

Date of birth: 1977 in Dublin.

Education:  St MacDara’s Community College in Templeogue.  Dublin City University: Communications. Master’s in film. University of Limerick, Post Grad in Technical communications.

Home: Dublin.

Family: Partner John, son Danny.

The Day Job: Freelance IT Contractor.

In Another Life: “Growing up I wanted to be a teacher. If I could go back now, that’s what I would do.”

Favourite Writers: Michael Connolly; Gail Honeyman; Douglas Adams. “As a child I loved all the Enid Blyton’s books which were based in schools. That was an influence.”

Second Novel: “I have three ideas; I’m dabbling with them.”

Top Tip: “If you get stuck, move on a chapter, and come back to it the next day.”

Web: www.emma-quigley.com  Twitter: @eqauthor


The Debut: Bank. Little Ireland: €10. 

A group of schoolfriends want to make money. They set up a bank, lend money to schoolmates and charge high interest rates. Then, seeing sure fire opportunities, they start investing. They’re on a roll. What can possibly go wrong?

With parallels to the banking crisis, this is a clever take on what went wrong with Ireland’s seasoned bankers, as well as an entertaining look at starting a business. 

“I wanted, also, to portray male friendship, and specifically friendship between a group of lads.”

The Verdict: Funny and fresh – and a great take-off of the banking crisis.


Published in The Irish Examiner on March 10th 2028

© Sue Leonard. 2018

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