Geraldine Mills

Posted by Sue Leonard on Saturday 16th July 2016

Geraldine has always enjoyed painting pictures with words. One of ten children, she had a rural upbringing.

“I spent most of my childhood playing in the woods. It’s made me aware of nature, and how to treat the earth.”

There was sadness, too. Her father died when she was nine years old.

Geraldine wrote poetry in her teens, but after school, she worked in Civil Engineering in Dublin, taking a degree at night.

“I married at 25, and when my first child was born, I stayed at home, and I went to creative writing classes. And when the children were growing up, and I was wondering what to do with my life, I decided I wanted to write. I have now published four collections of poetry and three of short stories.”

The spark for her debut came during a walk on a mountain that had been destroyed by a bush fire.

“The landscape was devastated. I thought of all the bird’s nests, bees, and flowers that had been destroyed. I had abandoned a children’s novel about two boys, and thought if I changed it, and set it in a destroyed future, I could bring in an idea about pollinating fruit.”

Who is Geraldine Mills

Date of birth: 1954 in Galway.

Education: The Mercy Convent in Galway. Regional Tech College, Biology, Biochemistry Micro Biology.

Home:  15 miles from Galway.

Family: Husband Peter Moore, and children Genevieve, 33, and Daniel 28. One grandchild, Lia Rose.

The Day Job: Geraldine is a Writing Mentor with NUIG, and a tutor with Creative Writing Ink.

Interests: Organic gardening, the environment, hiking, film, music, and having a good belly laugh.

Favourite Writers: Colum McCann, Anne Enright, Annie Proulx, E.M. Reapy, Mike McCormack.

Second Novel: “Another children’s book, it’s about a young boy, and it’s set between Spain and Ireland.”

Top Tip: Grab whatever time you have. 10 minutes is better than none.

Web:  Twitter: @writergermills

The Debut: Gold. Little Island: €11.70. 

Brothers Starn and Esper live in a world stripped bare after a volcanic eruption. When they find an ancient book containing a treasure map, they decide to build a glider, escape their land, and search for the treasure. The adventure begins. 

The Verdict: An exciting tale, written with verve and style.

Published in The Irish Examiner on 16th July, 2016

© Sue Leonard. 2016.

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