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About Denise

Award-winning novelist and screenwriter, Denise is drawn to strong, flawed female characters who grow personally through crisis. She writes light and dark, old and young, and finds humour in the darkest of moments. The feisty protagonist of her dramedy, TOUGH OLD BROAD, (selected for screenplay development funding by Screen Ireland and a tribute to her dad) is an example of how Denise's characters inhabit her to the core. International production companies are reviewing her scripts and novels with a view to adaptation.

Denise's novels have been published by Penguin Random House, Hachette, Lake Union Publishing and Amazon Publishing and have won awards from SCBWI and Publishers Weekly. Her women’s fiction novels have become #1 Amazon Bestsellers, averaging 4.5 star reviews and have sold over 400,000 copies. Her YA novel, And For Your Information, is on the Coverfly Red List and is being adapted by Denise with the support of a Screen Ireland Development Fund.

Denise has been a nurse, china restorer, pharmaceutical sales rep, public relations executive, college lecturer, entrepreneur. Her hardest job was checkout girl but it did inspire a short story.

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  • Tough Old Broad

    Tough Old Broad Budget: $1M - $5M | Other Independent Drama Comedy When a rebellious care-home resident (nicknamed The Rottweiler during her lawyering days) declares war on the bully of a mute teenager, and goes too far, she learns to stop fighting her beloved husband’s wish to die.

  • Killfluencers

    Killfluencers Budget: $5M - $10M | Thriller Horror When an ambitious Irish teen YouTuber gets selected for an international Reality TV Show for young influencers on condition that her twin comes too, she persuades her reluctant twin to take part, only to discover that, instead of being voted off, contestants are being murdered for entertainment on the Dark Web.

Awards

  • Austin Film Festival, Second Rounder
    (2021)

  • Coverfly Red List, ongoing
    (2021)

  • Academy Nicholl Fellowship, top 20%
    (2021)

  • Screencraft’s Cinematic Novel Competition, Top 50 Finalist
    (2021)

  • The Pitch Film Fund, Finalist, ongoing
    (2021)

  • Little Wonder Radio Play Competition, Winner
    (2021)

  • Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition, Quarterfinalist
    (2021)

  • Launch Pad Feature Competition, Second Rounder
    (2021)

  • Screen Ireland, Spotlight recipient
    (2021)

  • Screen Ireland, Screenplay Development Funding
    (2021)

  • Shedunnit Short Script Competition, WOFFF20, Winner
    (2020)

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