Hazel Gaynor runs writing.ie‘s Carry on Writing blog and is an author and freelance writer. She started writing when she left her corporate career in March 2009; initially focusing on her award-winning parenting and lifestyle blog, Hot Cross Mum. She has since gone on to write regularly for the national press, has appeared on TV and radio and writes a book review blog for Hello Magazine as well as guest blogging and writing regular features for writing.ie.
In March 2012, Hazel self published her debut novel ‘The Girl Who Came Home – A Titanic Novel’ , which quickly went on to become a no.1 bestseller on Kindle and was recently made available in paperback format through Amazon Createspace. The Girl Who Came Home will be republished by William Morrow (HarperCollins) in April 2014, with Hazel’s second novel ‘Daughters of the Flowers’ to follow in early 2015.
Originally from North Yorkshire, Hazel now lives in Kildare with her husband and two children. She was the recipient of the Cecil Day Lewis Literary Bursary for Emerging Writers in October 2012 and appeared at Waterford Writer’s Weekend in 2012 and 2013.
Hazel is represented by Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management, New York.