Christina McKenna grew up near the village of Draperstown, Co Derry, Northern Ireland. She trained as an artist before becoming a full-time author.
Her first book, the memoir "My Mother Wore a Yellow Dress", was published to great critical acclaim in 2004. It was described as a "redemptive postscript to over a decade of Irish childhood memoirs, concluding that our past, no matter how painful, need not keep us bound."
It was followed by two non-fiction titles dealing with the paranormal: "The Dark Sacrament" and "Ireland's Haunted Women".
Her first novel, "The Misremembered Man", published in the United States in 2008, is a tragicomedy set in the fictional village of Tailorstown. Contrary to certain press reports, the film rights to this title have not been sold.
A sequel, "The Disenchanted Widow", set largely in the same fictional village of Tailorstown, was published in August 2013.
Christina is currently working on the third novel in the Tailorstown series. Entitled "The Godforsaken Daughter", it's scheduled for publication in 2015.
She's also updated and revised her 2004 memoir, "My Mother Wore a Yellow Dress", which is now available both as a paperback and a Kindle.
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Praise for "My Mother Wore a Yellow Dress".
"There have been many books recalling Irish childhoods published over the last few years, but this one stands out among the rest for the brilliance of the writing".
"Lyrical and elegiac but never sentimental . . . "
Praise for "The Misremembered Man"
"McKenna's ability to create real human drama . . . reminded me of Brian Moore's simply wonderful The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearn."
The Washington Times