Margaret grew up in South Tipperary. She lived in Tokyo for eleven years and was there when Japan was rocked by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Her experiences on that day and in the weeks and months that followed formed the inspiration for her novel, Three Eleven.
She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. She works in education, most recently as an ESOL tutor for Tipperary ETB. She also guided creative writing workshops at South Tipperary Arts Centre in Clonmel.