About Me

Welcome to Clockwatching…

It’s such a joy to have you here.

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Sinéad O’Hart Author Photo Credit: F. O’Hart

My name is Sinéad (or, if you prefer, S.J. – I will happily answer to either!) O’Hart, and I’m a writer, enthusiastic reader, and general all-round nerd. My particular interest is children’s books. I also love books for young adults (YA), but – being honest – I will read anything, anytime, anywhere. I’m a stickler for grammar, punctuation, spelling and washing behind one’s ears, and I’m a ‘real’ book enthusiast; there’s just something special about print, paper and glue. My greatest pleasure in life (besides writing) is spending time in bookshops (so long as there’s a cup of tea waiting once I’m finished browsing).

I am represented (in a literary sense, at least) by the wonderful Polly Nolan of the Greenhouse Literary Agency. My debut novel for children, The Eye of the North, will be published in 2017 by Knopf Children’s Books in North America, and in early 2018 by Stripes Publishing in the UK, Ireland and most other places. (You can find out a little more about the book here).

I like parentheses. (I’m not sure why).

I love old things – including anything even faintly medieval, churches, graveyards, antiques, early books, artwork, museums, architecture, archaeology and living history re-enactment – and I am quite proud of the fact that I can read Middle English with perfect fluency. My Old English is a little rusty, but I’ll still give it a go. I have a PhD in Old and Middle English Language and Literature, which opened my mind to more stories than you can shake several sticks at.

I have a husband who has, so far, shown remarkable fortitude in putting up with me, and together we have managed to create one child who is the epitome of perfection – most of the time. We live in a book-filled house in the middle of Ireland where it rains more than you’d think possible, but we’re too busy reading to notice.

I hope you’ll rummage through my blog posts and discover just what you didn’t know you were looking for, but if you need help with anything, or you just want to ask a question (the nosier the better), please do feel free to get in touch. You may also like to check out my FAQ page for some writing insights, including what my favourite part of The Eye of the North is…

Some information which may come in useful in the meantime:

Age: As old as my tongue and slightly older than my teeth.

Height: More or less the same as a lopsided hobbit.

Likes: Tea, words, thinking, hair, sleeping, tightropes, writing, drawing, history, being caught out in the rain, calligraphy, lightning, buckets, music (especially with guitars in), sugar, snoring, spelling things correctly, teddies, you.

Dislikes: Aching knees, holes in buckets, having my photograph taken, tight shoes, icy pavements, inexplicable noises and needing to pee in the middle of the night.

Least favourite day: 23 October, 1731.

Favourite authors: Alan Garner, Angela Carter, Susan Cooper, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Diana Wynne Jones, Geoffrey Chaucer, Catherine Fisher, Margaret Atwood, John Connolly, Jeanette Winterson, Catherine Webb, Philip Pullman, Sarah Waters, Garth Nix, Robert Westall, Michael Morpurgo, Sally Nicholls, Michael Ende, William Goldman, Kristin Cashore, Jenny Nimmo, Ursula K. LeGuin, Kate Thompson, Geraldine McCaughrean, Robert Holdstock, Celine Kiernan, Frances Hardinge… The list goes ever on!

Favourite hobby: Splitting the infinitive.

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The full jacket for my upcoming book, ‘The Eye of the North’ (Knopf BFYR, 2017)

24 thoughts on “About Me

    1. SJ O'Hart Post author

      Why, thank you! And welcome to my blog. I am indeed on Goodreads, though I don’t tend to write reviews, as such. I just give ‘star’ ratings. But feel free to follow me, if you like. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Worthy Books & Things

    I am quite happy to discover your blog. I look forward to reading more of your snippets. They are very engaging. The bit about Molly and the Wardrobe piqued my curiosity for the rest of the story… is there more? Where does she live… perhaps by the sea? I love her dad’s shirt too. How old is she? Do tell us more. 🙂

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    1. SJ O'Hart Post author

      Hello! Thank you, and welcome. Molly’s story has not quite been finished yet – there is more of her story than just this snippet, but I haven’t finished her story yet. She’s living in my imagination, ready to be written about as soon as I finish the novel I’m currently working on. But to answer your questions: yes, she lives beside the sea, and her father was a fisherman who was lost in an accident. She’s eleven years old. As soon as I have more of her tale to tell, I’ll let you know. 🙂

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      1. Worthy Books & Things

        Ooh sounds delicious! I have a thirteen year old girl who I am sure would like to meet Molly and hear the rest of her tale as well. I love that her father was a fisherman BTW.

        Thanks for your reply. I look forward to getting to know you better through your blog and your writing.

        Cheers!
        Una-Melina

    1. SJ O'Hart Post author

      Thanks! That’s really kind. I hope you’ll get a chance to have a poke about the rest of the blog, and that you’ll enjoy the rest of it, too! 🙂

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  2. Kate Curtis

    Hi Sinéad,
    You cannot say you’re surprised – I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award.

    Here are the Liebster Blog Award rules:
    1. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you (that’s my site).
    2. Answer the questions posted for you in my blog.
    3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
    4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to three blogs with 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed.
    5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog.

    It’s okay if you choose not to participate, but know I love your blog.
    Happy New Year! xx

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    1. SJ O'Hart Post author

      Hi Kate

      How thrilling! Thank you. I am preparing the answers to your questions right now – but you’ve already snaffled most of my nominees! Curses… 🙂

      I’ll do my best to participate as fully as I can. 🙂 Thank you for the blog-love – I reciprocate entirely.

      x

      Reply
    1. SJ O'Hart Post author

      Thank you! I missed this lovely comment till just now. Apologies. 🙂 I hope you’ve been finding quality amid the posts… Thanks for reading!

      Reply
  3. joshbertetta

    Loved your story on FlashFriday, found you on twitter, then found you here and glad to have done so. Look forward to exploring your blog in further detail.

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    1. SJ O'Hart Post author

      Thank you! I’m very glad to have made your cyber-acquaintance. I hope you enjoy the blog, and thank you for the feedback on my FlashFriday story. It’s such a great writing community!

      Reply
  4. Kay

    Love your blog, particularly the dissection of your own writing. Insightful (and helpful). Admire your determination – inspirational. By the way, I also like your writing.

    Reply

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