Debut short stories for Aileen
ROSSES Point native Aileen Armstrong was feeding her new-born baby, Cleo.
An email arrived at her home in Galway.
It wasn't a message of congratulations, rather a query.
'Do you want to publish a book?', locally based Doire Press asked.
Aileen said: "It wasn't exactly perfect timing, but I couldn't believe it.
"I had been highly commended in the Doire Press Fiction Chapbook Competition for a short story.
"They asked me had I any more work."
That was at the end of January, 2012.
Aileen had been putting together some other short stories "on and off."
After almost two years work, eight of them are to feature in Aileen's debut collection, 'End of Days.'
It will be launched by Declan Meade, Editor of 'The Stinging Fly' literary journal in the Galway Arts Centre on September 14th.
The stories centre on Aileen's experience of the hospitality sector in France and Ireland. They are subtly linked to each other.
Aileen said: "It is something I've always wanted to do.
"Having a baby probably held things up a bit but I'm delighted to get there in the end."
Aileen is a former pupil of the Ursuline College.
She graduated from NUIG's MA in writing programme with Sligo Champion editor, Jenny McCudden.