I’m an author and journalist.
My latest book, a Young Adult mystery called Shiver the Whole Night Through, was published by Hot Key in November 2014. 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 15 years 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. 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 more Young Adult stories.
Have a look around the site for news and excerpts from my books and links to newspaper articles. Please email darraghmcmanus(AT)yahoo(DOT)com re. journalism work, or if you’re a publisher interested in any of my books.