I’m an author, journalist, playwright and screenwriter.
My first crime novel, a vigilante thriller called Even Flow, was published in 2012. A second, the noir-style The Polka Dot Girl, came out in 2013. My first book, the non-fiction GAA Confidential, was published in 2007. I also released a comic novel, Cold! Steel! Justice!!!, as an e-book under the name Alexander O’Hara.
For more than a decade I have written reviews, features and opinion columns for several papers, including The Irish Independent, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. Several of my short stories have appeared in literary journals, in Ireland, UK and US. I’ve also written a play, which has had cast readings in Manhattan and Belfast and will be recorded for radio broadcast next year. One of my film scripts placed in the top 5% of 6,000 entrants to the Nicholl Fellowship competition, run by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
I live in the west of Ireland and am currently working on a Young Adult urban fantasy which brings Irish mythology into a modern-day setting.
Have a look around the site for news and excerpts from my books and links to newspaper articles. Email darraghmcmanus(AT)yahoo(DOT)com re. journalism work, comments etc. Publishers interested in any of my books, please contact my agent Mildred Yuan, A P Watt at United Agents: myuan(AT)unitedagents(DOT)co.uk