RTE stars turn out for Arts Correspondent Sinead Crowley's new book
RTE arts correspondent Sinead Crowley has stepped out from the safety of the Montrose newsroom into the murky world of crime writing after penning her first novel.
A host of colleagues, including RTE’s deputy director-general Kevin Bakhurst, turned out at Easons on O’Connell street last night to celebrate the launch of crime thriller Can Anybody Help Me?
The book, which Sinead described as being in the family noir’ genre, was inspired while she was on maternity leave with her first son and was four years in the making.
While at home on her own, Sinead found herself turning to online mother-support groups, which got her thinking about how much information we divulge about ourselves on the internet these days. The story centres around the murder of a young woman called Miriam, who was a user on NetMammy, a fictional parenting forum.
Sinead tells the story from the point of view of two protagonists, new mum Yvonne who has just moved to London from Dublin, and pregnant Detective Sergeant Claire Boyle.
Mum of two Sinead secured a book deal from top British publisher Quercus and was supported at the launch by her husband, Herald reporter Andrew Phelan and guests, including RTE journalists David Davin-Power and Kathleen McMahon.
“I think the book explores how much information people make available online these days,” Sinead told The Herald.
“During the course of writing the book the questions occurred to me how anonymous are we really? People put up seemingly innocent stuff on line, but you don’t know who is reading it.”
Sinead didn’t set out to write a crime-thriller, but said the idea was inspired by her own experience with online parenting groups while on maternity leave.
“People can be really helpful online and I got a lot of advice and tips from those sites, but I am just asking the question with my book.
“I got the idea when my son, who is now four, was a baby and I started writing over a year ago so it has been a long process, but well worth it,” she added.