MARTHA M. GEANEY is the author of the Star O’Brien cozy mystery series set in County Mayo, Ireland.
My passion for Ireland and Death on Clare Island: A Star O’Brien Mystery (Book 1) grew out of my love for Ireland. My father is from Cork; my mother is from Mayo. I kissed the Blarney Stone when I was four years old and again when I was sixteen. Then, when I was sixteen, my parents sent me to St. Joseph’s Convent of Mercy boarding school in Castlebar, Mayo for two years. I fell in love with the people, especially all the cousins, my aunts and uncles, the lush and moody landscape, and the culture.
In the early 1980’s, my parents bought a cottage from one of my mother’s uncles in the Castlebar area. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to visit my Irish cousins and friends for more than thirty-five years.
When I decided to develop myself as an Indie author, I knew I had to set this series in Ireland. It is my love for the people, the country, and all its beauty that inspired me to create a mystery series, set in Ireland, about an amateur detective, Star O’Brien, who is an American. Even my publishing imprint, Turlough, Nolan Publishing, is tied to my family history and ancestors. Turlough is a village in Mayo where my mother was born and where our ancestors’ the Nolan’s came from.
Star O’Brien is an independent, feisty, strong female lead. She’s had a few losses in her life. That’s made her more independent than most; and it’s also made her a strong advocate for the lost, the missing, and the dead. I’m sure Star is patterned after some of the strong women that have influenced my life.
Before turning to indie writing, I was a teacher, management consultant, university professor, and the dean of a business college. It was my leadership experience as a management consultant and research for my doctorate that prompted me to write the highly-praised women’s leadership book Bring Your Spirit to Work: One Woman at a Time. As a result, I had the pleasure of presenting several women’s entrepreneurship workshops in the Castlebar, Mayo area several years ago.
I was born in New York City but lived in New Jersey beginning at the age of eight. In 2017, my partner, Bill, and I moved to Florida where I enjoy cooking, reading, swimming, and our Schipperke puppy, named Turlough.
I’m currently working on my second and third Star O’Brien novels.