It’s time to get back to Trace Literary’s Author Focus, and today our focus is on Joan Brady.
Joan Brady is is an award-winning Irish journalist and broadcast producer. She started her career as a features writer and newspaper columnist for Independent Newspapers and later worked as a researcher, producer and scriptwriter for RTE, Ireland’s national television and radio station.
Joan’s first novel, The Cinderella Reflex, was published in 2016 by Poolbeg Press in Dublin. Her second novel, Reinventing Susannah, was published in May of 2017 also by Poolbeg. Both novels have been published in trade paperback and paperback format.
The Cinderella Reflex
No matter how strong and independent Tess Morgan tries to appear on the outside, she’s always let down by her inner five-year-old – who persists in holding out for the fairy tale – that someday her Prince will come.
Real life is tough. For Tess, her job as producer on struggling local radio station Atlantic 1 FM is very tough. Between dealing with the demands of megalomaniac presenter Ollie Andrews, neurotic boss Helene Harper and the crazy workload associated with her role on the ‘This Morning’ programme, sometimes she finds herself wishing for someone who would just make all her problems go away.
Meanwhile, Helene is having difficulties of her own. Coming up to forty, her career has taken a wrong turning into a not very pleasant cul-de-sac and she’s hoping that her (married) lover Richard will soon make an honest woman of her.
But things go from bad to worse for both women when the station is suddenly bought over by mogul Jack McCabe, who immediately launches a competition for a new star at Atlantic 1 FM. Soon nerves are frayed and friendships strained as everyone battles to keep their jobs.
Tess gets back in touch with the ex she thinks of as the One Who Got Away. Helene tries to pull strings with her influential lover. But will Tess cope when she finally realises there’s no Prince Charming after all? And how will Helene react to her next, unexpected production?
You can buy The Cinderella Reflex here.
Praise for The Cinderella Reflex:
‘Bears all the elements needed for a rollicking beach read’ – Irish Examiner
‘The writing is sharp and succinct, making every word, line and chapter worthwhile’ – Evening Echo
‘I really enjoyed it….an entertaining read about finding love in unlikely places’ – best selling author, Rachael English
A big bereavement. An empty nest. And a runaway husband.
Susannah Stevens hopes that whoever said bad things comes in threes got it right because she can’t cope with much more going wrong in her life.
She finds herself a job as a freelance Mind Body and Spirit correspondent, meets a self-styled guru who thinks Susannah needs liberating from more than just an empty nest and learns that sometimes all you can do is to go with the flow of life.
Susannah’s boss, Katie Corrigan, is young enough to be her daughter.
She has always played by the rules in order to further her career but when she too discovers there are some things she just can’t control, she has to reassess all she thought she knew.
In a fast-moving year of crisis and reinvention, both women have to figure out what to do when their A plans fall apart – and they never dreamed they’d need a Plan B.
You can buy Reinventing Susannah here.
Praise for Reinventing Susannah:
‘This heartwarming read is steeped in delicious escapism’ – best selling author Carmel Harrington
Joan is currently working on her third book. Details forthcoming.
To learn more about Joan and her writing, please visit her website at joanbradywrites.com
You can follow her on Twitter at @jgbrady