Photo: Nyla Sammons 2019

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 am currently working on my first novel, the first in a series of eight books in the crime genre. It is a murder-most-horrid series set in Ireland. Think Shetland meets Miss Marple.

In the non-fiction realm, I have written The Brilliant Book of Calm and Declutter Your Life (From Chaos to Calm) under the name Tania Ahsan. I’d love to write more in the Mind, Body, Spirit field so, if you’re a commissioning editor in that genre, hit me up for books on this… especially ones on witchcraft and Paganism.

I’ve written features for newspapers such as the Guardian and Metro and for 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 all that, I’ve edited books. I 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 adventures include being a ghost (wooooo!) for HarperCollins and writing a history book called A History of Courtship (fyi: there are a few saucy bits in it). Enjoy your day and thanks so much for stopping by. Please email tania@taniaodonnell.com if you want to send me a compliment, chocolate or a job offer. You know it makes sense…

Tx