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Hello!  Welcome to my site.  I’m Tania – I sometimes go by the last name O’Donnell and, at other times, by my family name of Ahsan.  This is not because I’m a criminal mastermind with several identities; I just like to keep the genres I write in under different names (although there is sometimes love across the divide). 

I have been a features journalist in the past writing for newspapers such as the Guardian and online platforms including HuffPost UK and MSN Travel.  I edited magazines and websites for the big lads such as Time Inc and Thomson Reuters, but mostly I’ve worked on magazines run by small publishers where everyone tends to wear cycling shorts and Crocs rather than Prada.

As well as magazine editing work and freelance features journalism, I’ve written and edited books.  Exciting, isn’t it?  Well, yes and no.  The exciting bit is holding the finished product in your hand; the less exciting bit is the hard slog to make sure it ever gets published at all.  I love both aspects and have commissioned best-selling authors and helped to publish several illustrated and mono non-fiction titles including a number of children’s books for Watkins Publishing.  After many years of editing classic Mind, Body, Spirit magazines such as Prediction and Kindred Spirit and as a result of writing and commissioning books in the genre, I am now considered a bit of an expert in this area. (Alas you don’t get to wear any fancy robes… well, only at the weekends.)

Other bookish stuff I’ve done is been a ghost (wooooo!) for HarperCollins and written a history book called A History of Courtship (fyi: there are a few saucy bits in it).  I’m currently working on a murder-most-horrid novel series set in Ireland. Think Shetland meets Miss Marple. Yeah, I want to read it too! Guess I’d better get writing then. Enjoy your day and thanks so much for stopping by. Use the contact bobbins below if you want to send me a compliment, chocolate or a job offer. You know it makes sense…