Martine Madden was born in Limerick, worked in Dublin and later moved to the United Arab Emirates with her husband John. The stories recounted to her by the Armenian diaspora there prompted her interest in Armenian history and formed the basis of the novel Anyush. Martine returned to Ireland in 1990 and now lives in the Midlands with her husband and five children.
One of Ireland's premier chefs, Neven Maguire was born and reared in Blacklion, County Caven, where he runs MacNean House and Restaurant. He has written many cookery books and appeared regularly on television and radio both at home and internationally.
Laura Ruth Maher is a Montessori Teacher from Dublin. She has completed a Degree and Masters in Early Education, her research focusing mainly on storytelling and the importance of rhyme for early literacy development. Laura has always had a great love for Irish myths and legends and is delighted that they can now be shared with a younger audience, her son included! She currently lives in Warwickshire, England, If her head is not stuck in her books she can usually be found running or enjoying a cup of tea and a sneaky biscuit or ten with her family.
Donny Mahoney is a writer and journalist. He was born in America and has lived in Ireland since 2004. He is one of the co-founders of the website Balls.ie, where he works today.
Mary Manning first spoke about her experiences on the Sean Moncreiff radio show, speaking anonymously as "Catherine". Overcoming incredible hardship she has emerged with the strength to carry on and share her story, as well as striving to see justice done.
Her first book, Fairchild was published in Hong Kong. Cherokee, Creina's first book with The O'Brien Press, was published in 1994, followed by My Nasty Neighbours in 1995.
Her last books are It Wasn't Me, the story of how Jack deals with the school bully, and Snip Snip for younger readers. Creina's writing has been praised as 'original and compulsive' by Books Ireland and her books have been very favourably reviewed.