Welcome to Denise Deegan’s homepage. 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, Denise’s contemporary family dramas have become international bestsellers.

Denise’s most recent novel, Through the Barricades, won the SCBWI Spark Award 2017 and was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Booklife ‘Books to Watch’. Her pre-published novel, The Accidental Pirate has been chosen as the middle-grade finalist in Publisher Weekly’s Booklife Prize.

Her writing for Young Adults includes the much-loved contemporary trilogy, The Butterfly Novels: And By The WayAnd For Your Information and And Actually.

All of Denise’s books are available free on Kindle Unlimited. For best value, the Butterfly Novels are available as a Box Set.

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 the experience did inspire a short story.


Fairy-tale retelling

A fairy-tale retelling of The Princess and the Pea. This time, the prince and princess control their own destinies. Only 99c.

Ireland’s fight for freedom

Set during the 1916 Rising and WW1, this emotional story of first love 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.

Adult fiction

Learn more about Denise’s bestselling novels for adults, written under the pen name Aimee Alexander – the name of her children, Aimee and Alex, combined.

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.’