How lovely to hear from you, and thank you for your interest in The Sinkings. Yes, Mary Lunney is a real person, and the research I’ve done is reflected in the novel itself, e.g. census records on pp. 96–7, family tree sketches pp. 97, 101, Poor Relief records pp 237–9. I see from the family photographs on your website that we have visited many of the same places. You might recognise the photo of the pre-Famine cabin in my book trailer as the one at the American Ulster Folk Park near Omagh.
A very happy New Year to you and all your extended family. I hope 2010 is a wonderful one for you all!
I’ve added a new book to my list of recommendations: "The Sinkings" by Australian author Amanda Curtin:
This historical novel/murder mystery features a character named "Mary Lunney", who adopts an unwanted intersex child. A brief message from the author: