Local mother launches first book in her new trilogy


A PORTSTEWART mother last week launched her first book in a new trilogy.

Debbie McCune was born in Belfast and grew up in Carrickfergus, however she now lives in Portstewart with her husband and her daughter.

The teen fiction book titled ‘Death and Co’ is already enjoying strong sales and has received an enthusiastic response at events in London and Dublin.

Last Wednesday, Sperrin Integrated College, where Debbie teaches, hosted the offical Northern Ireland launch.

‘Death and Co’ follows Adam, a Luman, whose job it is to escort the dead to the afterlife.

It’s the family business that his older brothers relish, but Adam just wants to be a normal teenage boy – one who likes girls, hates the Head and has a pile of homework to get through. When Adam gets a terrible premonition he realises that he must make a devastating choice, risking his life, his family and his destiny.

As a child the Portstewart mother liked making up stories and even wrote some down, including a thriller about a stolen wallaby.

She’s delighted to have secured an international three book deal with publisher Hot Key Books.

Describing the story, Debbie tells: “This is a tense and exciting three part epic sequence.”

One reader described the book as: “ Great fun, a brilliant and sometimes thoughtful read for teens. Deals, quite literally, with questions surrounding fate and death whilst also dragging a clueless teenage boy through the minefield that is ‘girls’. Cleverly written and surprisingly convincing.