Fionnuala Kearney, pronounced FINOOLA CARNEY, was born Fionnuala Moore into a large Irish family. One of seven children, she discovered, age six, that she had in fact been christened Ann. That’s Ann with no ‘e’. Her parents had decided, for some reason to address her by her second name, saddling her with a life of dealing with unnecessary vowels.
At twenty she moved to London and marrying Mr Kearney proved to be the best thing she ever did (apart from the fact that the vowel thing escalated even further). Two daughters, both with deliberately simple mono syllabic names followed.
Earning a living meant working in property. She was for many years a home search agent (like Phil and Kirstie without the cameras). Dealing with high net worth individuals and celebrities, she decided one fateful day, five years ago, that it was time for a change.
Encouraged by her loved ones, she did just that. Five years later – years of penury in her garret spent learning her craft, with not a celeb in sight (except for an odd dose of the Kardashians on telly), she is often found talking to herself with yellow ‘post its’ stuck to her forehead.
She likes to write about relationships: a married couple, a mother and child, siblings, best friends… She likes to peel away the layers and see what’s going on beneath and then tell you all about it.