Mary Crowley is a novelist and freelance writer with a monthly literature column in, The Munster Express Newspaper. She is also the author of Contemporary Irish novels Under a Dark Cloud and A Sweet Smell of Strawberries. Mary is proud to have won the Waterford Writers’ Weekend Short Story Competition (2016) with her story entitled The Three Sisters’. Generally her fictional work focusses on strong emotional relationships and situations that can too easily effect any one of us. Telling the story from the heart, sprinkled with Intrigue and hope.
Mary lives in Tramore, County Waterford, with her husband and three children. Having worked for many years as a Qualified Dental Nurse, and Dental Health Educator whilst bringing up her family, she is now concentrating on her love of writing. She has had various short story publications, including several in writing.ie, one of which was inspired by her literary heroine Maeve Binchy, https://www.writing.ie/tell-your-own-story/enlightened-and-inspired-by-books-and-great-authors/ Another about the local legendary Hoffman’s event, “The Pram Race,” https://www.writing.ie/tell-your-own-story/the-pram-race-by-mary-crowley/ which took place in Tramore back in the late eighties.
When she is not writing, Mary loves reading and spending time with her husband John and their three children Damon, Steven and Katie, though they are growing up too quickly. Her most favoured way of family time, is travelling to new and interesting places in her beloved VW Camper searching for the next story to tell. It was a yearly trip to Letterkenny in Donegal where one of her son’s competed in the Errigal Youth Cycling Tour that inspired the setting for her first novel A Sweet Smell of Strawberries.
Under a Dark Cloud is a grippingly emotional story of shattered dreams and haunting nightmares bringing back painful memories. Two women battling to emerge from Under the Dark Cloud that shrouds their lives.
Kelly Henderson returns to Bunreen, a small town nestled in the South East of Ireland, weeks after her husband’s tragic death, wanting to re-establish a relationship with her mother and sister. However, as the taxi approaches her old home, she is harshly reminded of the night her mother Lorraine banished her to live with her father in Scotland, when she was only fifteen years of age.
Kelly’s heart is heavy and her grief raw, but she must keep strong as she soon discovers there are more secrets within the family. While Lorraine’s indifference to her pain gives renewed determination to right the wrongs of the past and prove she had not been lying about what had happened. A wrongdoing that led to the breakdown of her marriage and in Kelly’s mind, inevitably caused her husband’s death.
Nessa Quinlan has a simple but happy life with her devoted husband Liam; however, her life is turned upside-down when her estranged brother contacts her to say he is dying of cancer. Nessa had broken all ties with Donald, after he had killed a local teenager in a road accident showing no remorse.
Kind-hearted, Nessa becomes his carer which concerns her family and best friend Clodagh, but Nessa has more to contend with than the disagreeable Donald, with ghosts from her past threatening to cloud her happiness, which in turn puts a strain on her marriage. This is not helped by Donald refusing medical treatment, until one day Kelly arrives on their doorstep as his new Health Nurse.
Can Nessa save her marriage, and should she trust Kelly?
Under a Dark Cloud is set in a fictional town called Bunreen capturing the scenic setting of Co. Waterford in the South East of Ireland.