Madeleine D’Arcy was born in Ireland and later spent thirteen years in the UK, where she worked as a criminal legal aid solicitor and as a legal editor. In 1999 she returned to Cork City with her husband and son. She began to write fiction in 2005, and was a scholarship student on the inaugural MA in Creative Writing at UCC. In 2010 she received a Hennessy Literary Award for First Fiction as well as the overall Hennessy Literary Award for New Irish Writer. Her début collection of short fiction, Waiting For The Bullet (2014) won the Edge Hill Readers’ Choice Prize 2015.