A migrant crisis. A corrupt harbour town.
Who will stand for those who have become invisible to the rest of the world?
People have become one of the world’s most valuable commodities. Trafficked on the promise of a new life only to be hidden away as modern day slaves. When Lena, a raped and badly beaten Syrian woman, literally falls into Lindsey Ryan’s life, she’s left with no choice but to find her part in this new war and play it as best she can.
But before she can work out a safe plan to get Lena away from her very own hell at the hands of Patrick Adebayo, Lindsey hears of an unconscious child being smuggled into Patrick’s building just two doors up. Despite having Patrick’s unwanted attention, she has to help the child and get Lena to safety regardless of the cost. In doing so, she finds herself face to face with the worst of humanity.
Added to her own private battle with PTSD, former soldier Lindsey Ryan is in a race against time and must once again fight for her life. But if she fails to protect those around her, what if anything, will that life be worth?
Did or do you like to read comic books/grapic novels? Which ones?
Graphic novels were never for me. I like to sink my teeth into a meaty novel, something to escape into.
Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?
My parents. They devoured crime fiction (and still do!)
When you need a murder victim or someone you can diagnose with a serious disease or someone who is involved in a fatal accident do you sometimes picture someone nasty you have met in real life and think ‘got you’ LOL?
Gosh no. I’m not a superstitious person really, but I do have this fear of wishing for something and then having it actually come true!
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
I usually don’t give it much thought. It tends to land on the page as I started writing them – like, that’s just always been their name! But sometimes I’ll notice that I have two characters with very similar names (usually small characters), so I’ll try to come up with another name for one of them, and this is where I tend to overthink it and draw a blank.
Do write other things beside books (and shoppinglists 😉 )?
No, not really.
If a movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?
Well The Invisible is currently in development for TV and it will be “based on the book by”. I suppose it varies from author to author, but I think it would be much harder to get a whole team of people, with different specialities (i.e. author, script-writer, producer, director, network etc) to all see the same thing when they look at a body of work. I wouldn’t claim to be an expert on anything other than my characters – while people who work in television are experts in their field. They know what makes good television, so I’m happy to open the process up and work with a team to create something that rings true to what I created in the first place. Something that I can feel equally passionate about.
Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?
I often contact my former army colleagues for different things – for example, one of them has since become a police officer so he helps me with police procedural stuff. I’m working with a Military Police officer at the moment, for my new thriller, Playing the Game (still a work in progress), but he’s helping me out with some questions. I also contact fellow authors, usually Amy Cronin or Cathy Kelly, whenever I hit a wall, or am unsure about what I’m working on and where it’s going. People who have been exactly where I am at some stage.
Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?
Same as above with a writing dilemma. Or my husband, Dominic.
What is more important to you : a rating in stars with no comments or a reviewer who explains what the comments they give are based on (without spoilers of course)
I do love reading reviews from someone who genuinely enjoyed the book. These can really help the author. Likewise if someone doesn’t like a book, that’s ok too. But I don’t understand people who post negative reviews of a book, stating something like “I don’t usually like this kind of book” or “I thought this was about something else” Maybe that’s just me. They do say that authors should never read their own reviews for exactly that reason – but if someone takes the time to review my work, I generally do take the time to read it.
About the author
Born and raised in the harbour town of Cobh, Co Cork, Michelle joined the Irish army at the age of 18, where she went from recruit, to infantry soldier, to Peacekeeper with the UN, to instructor back home in Ireland.
During her time in Lebanon, she got to experience first hand the camaraderie between soldiers and the sense of humour that got them all through some frightening situations. She also got to experience how ordinary families tried to live in conflict zones and these experiences have inspired so much of her work to date.
The Invisible is Michelle’s fourth book, but the second in The Lindsey Ryan series, following on from While Nobody is Watching, which is currently in development for television and inspired by her military experiences and the types of relationships that form within army ranks.