A DUBLIN mum tipped to be the next big thing in Irish publishing started her writing career at the kitchen table surrounded by children's toys and dirty dishes.
NOW success, and a six-figure deal for her next two books, has brought Ciara Geraghty to 'lofty' heights.
Working from her converted attic, the Dublin mum-of-three still has to pinch herself now that words like 'book deal', 'publisher' and 'agent' are part of her daily life.
Thanks to a lot of hard work, Ciara (40) has become an inspiration to others hiding secret talents.
Her writing career started with a creative writing class in Plunkett's College in Whitehall.
Her books, Finding Mr Flood, Becoming Scarlett, and Saving Grace, have all earned her critical acclaim while her latest work, Lifesaving For Beginners, was launched this week.
She shares a Donabate semi-d with husband Frank, and three children Sadhbh (14), Neil (11) and Grace (4) and it is here that she brings her characters to life.
"I love this space, the light is just right and I'm very comfortable here," she reveals.
Ciara spent 12 years working in the insurance industry before focusing on writing.
As a mother juggling family life with writing dream, Ciara had one piece of advice for others who feel they have a different calling in life.
"Go for it. If you are going to dream, dream big. It is possible."