Winner of the Golden Crown Literary Society Award for Historical Fiction, 2016
“Golddigger is an extraordinary achievement. The characters and what happened to them will stay with me for a long time.” Helen Morales, Author of Pilgrimage to Dollywood
Everything that mattered to Frances Moriarty was left behind in famine-ravaged Ireland, including the love of her life. Beset with grief and guilt, she is scraping out a shadowy existence as a New York shoeshine boy when word spreads: gold lines the riverbeds of California. Determined to find her fortune, Frances sets out on the overland trek to California’s gold fields. But her steps are haunted by the past.
My childhood memoir, Funny Peculiar, was published by Brandon Books in 2008 under the name Constance McCullagh. It was described as a ‘lilting Irish Catcher in the Rye’ and ‘a candid account of a painful childhood which is nonetheless brimming with humour and a joie de vivre.’
My work is included in the anthology Queer and Celtic: On the Irish LGBT Experience.