Retired School Counselor Publishes His First Novel at Age 76

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A debut novel from the pen of a retired school counselor which shot into the number one best seller slot at Wings ePress within days of publication has held that position for the past two months. Hardly surprising given the subject matter of one man living with two women in a single family unit.

A former trainee for the priesthood, PJ Connolly has called on his insider knowledge of the workings of the Catholic Church to create this gripping tale of a young nun who leaves her convent to marry a Catholic priest.

Everything changes for the ex-nun and her priest husband with the arrival of an attractive young artist who moves in with them and begins to make herself, quite literally, at home. The astonishing demands which this girl makes on their marriage and Susan’s surprising response are what make this story so shocking for some.

Set in the conservative Ireland of the 1980s, his account of their unconventional marriage has the power to shock even in this present-day world of more liberal attitudes.

It is a story of guilty love, of religious guilt, as well as of tragedy, betrayal and atonement.

So why did PJ Connolly wait until his mid-seventies to publish his first novel?

‘Writing is something I’ve always wanted to do,’ he says, ‘and being retired gave me the time I needed to realize that dream.’

And how does he feel about the current best seller status of his first venture into novel writing?

‘Excited, of course. And I’m thrilled to have found in Wings a publisher to make my work available in paperback as well as in eBook form. I assume the book’s surprising success is due in large part to its explosive mix of religion, psychosis and scandal. I’d be surprised if some eyebrows are not raised just a little.’

The Priest's Wife can be downloaded from Amazon Kindle or as a paperback direct from the publisher.

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