Denise Deegan is an award-winning, internationally bestselling novelist and screenwriter. Denise writes for adults, teenagers and children. Her novels have been published by Penguin Random House, Hachette, Lake Union Publishing and Amazon Publishing. Writing under the pen name, Aimee Alexander, her women’s fiction novels have become international bestsellers.

Denise’s historical novel, Through the Barricades, won the SCBWI Spark Award 2017 and was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Booklife Books to Watch.

Her writing for Young Adults includes the much-loved contemporary trilogy, The Butterfly Novels: And By The WayAnd For Your Information and And Actually. And For Your Information was nominated for an Irish Book Award and is on Coverfly’s Red List.

All of Denise’s novels are available on Kindle Unlimited, including the box set of The Butterfly Novels: Box Set.

Denise is an award-winning screenwriter. Her comedy drama, Tough Old Broad, was selected for Screen Ireland’s Spotlight Scheme 2020, debuted on The Filmarket Hub as an “Excellent Script” and featured in Variety when it was chosen by Wscripted as an Excellent Script to be presented at Marché du Film at Festival de Cannes 2021.

Denise is a Top 50 ScreenCraft Finalist and a Top 50 Roadmap Writers Finalist. Her short film, 3 Down, won the Shedunnit Short Script Competition at WOFFF20. Her radio play, The Last PTA Meeting, won the Little Wonder Radio Play Competition 2020. Denise won the Raindance Pitching Competition, January 2021, following a general anaesthetic!

About Denise

Denise lives in Dublin with her family where she regularly dreams of sunshine, a life without cooking and her novels being made into movies.

Denise has been a nurse, china restorer, pharmaceutical sales rep, public relations officer, entrepreneur and college lecturer. Her most difficult job was checkout girl, though it did inspire a short story.


Fairy-tale Retelling

Fairy-tale retelling of The Princess and the Pea, where the prince and princess get to control their own destinies.

Ireland’s Fight For Freedom

This story of first love during revolution won the SCBWI Spark Award 2017 and was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Booklife “Books to Watch”. Immaculately researched.

Contemporary Teen Series

The beloved Butterfly Novels… Three friends, Rachel, Alex and Sarah negotiate school, life, first love and – always – friendship.

Women’s Fiction

Learn more about Denise’s bestselling women’s fiction, written under the pen name Aimee Alexander.

The Little Book of Irishisms

If an Irish person called you a “mad yoke” would you know if they were insulting you or complimenting you? A novelty guide to the quirky way the Irish speak English. The ultimate gift for anyone who loves the Irish in them. MORE

School Visits

Denise loves to bring her popular and empowering story workshops to schools around Ireland. Interactive and fun, they are designed to help students learn more about character, plot, using their senses when telling stories and ‘showing not telling.’