Niamh Cooper-O'Sullivan

About the Author Born in Germany to an Irish mother and an American father, I developed a fascination with languages from an early age. From transcribing telephone conversations to writing diaries, creating stories and poems and contributing to the school newspaper I could always be found meddling with words, in my two native tongues, German and English.

My first publication. I moved to Co. Cork in Ireland with my husband and two little girls a few years ago, and joining a local Writer's Group in April 2009 gave me the focus I needed to get more serious about my writing. In June 2009 my first short story, "The Real Thing" was published, a fictional account about Hillsborough through the eyes of a young boy. It was shortlisted in the Meridian Short Story competition in 2009.

Listowel Writers' Week. In March 2010 my Flash Fiction story "Thirteen" was shortlisted in the Fiction Slam Competition (Listowel Writers' Week). I was invited to perform my story alongside 9 other fellow writers in June 2010, it was an amazing experience!

Paragraph Planet. I always love a challenge and was delighted to discover a little gem called "Paragraph Planet" a few months back. Thank you Richard for taking the time to read my musings and to publish them, I am delighted to have found another outlet where I can play with words.

My 75-word paragraphs on Paragraph Planet. "Never Ready", published on 5th February, is a very brief summary of my first novel that I'm currently working on. "Chemistry", featured on 5th March, is based on something that really happened to me when I was at school - not my fevourite moment in the troubled life of an adolescent. "Heaven", published on 22nd May, is a fictional account of a mother who has found out that she suffers from a terminal illness. I hope you enjoy these 75-word snippets.

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