First time author, Delia O’Callaghan, who has published Honeysuckle to Handcuffs, always wanted to write a book and has been an avid note-taker since her teens, cataloguing her romantic life.


As long as she can remember Cork native Delia O’Callaghan wrote in her journal daily, transcribing her thoughts and whatever happened to be going on in her life, and like many people, always had a romantic notion of someday writing a novel. Then in 2008 that day came. While living in Boston, U.S.A she joined a creative writers’ workshop at the Boston Centre for Adult Education. Taking on board the experts’ advice to write about what she knew, Delia started a novel about an Irish girl living and working illegally in Boston.

The following year, Delia took a trip back to Ireland, in a disastrous twist of faith which turned her life upside down – she found herself locked up in the San Diego Correctional Facility. Ironically, although Delia’s worst nightmare came to fruition, she now had the new material she desperately needed (a story she couldn’t make up) and Honeysuckle to Handcuffs was born.

In 2012 Delia O’Callaghan was one of the finalists in the inaugural Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair competition. She lives in London where she is working on her second novel – her working conditions and surroundings have now much improved.

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