John Hearne

John Hearne – Ghostwriter

I specialize in business, personal development and memoir. I've worked with Penguin Random House as a developmental editor and ghostwriter.


I work with all kinds of people – from c-suite execs, life coaches and marketing professionals to authors, celebrities and private individuals – anyone who needs help to create high quality written content. Every project is different. I tailor my approach to suit the client and work quickly to deliver text that always exceeds expectations. Here are three recent projects:

Ghostwriter for ‘Commit! Make Your Mind and Body Stronger and Unlock Your Full Potential’ by Enda McNulty, published by Penguin Ireland in January 2017.

As word of mouth began to do its magic, the book moved steadily up the bestsellers chart, reaching the number one slot in February.

This marked the culmination of an extensive collaboration with Enda – honing his vision for the book, developing a template, interviewing him, watching him in action, interviewing his clients, then drafting and redrafting the book until it was everything it needed to be. I worked closely not alone with Enda, but with a wide variety of his clients, and of course the publishing team, to produce a work that we are all very proud of.

Ghostwriter for ‘A Full Life – the Memoirs of Paddy McKillen Snr’ by Paddy McKillen, privately published 2019.

Interviewing 96 year old Paddy to document his extraordinary life was a wonderful experience. As part of his legacy, he wanted to leave a unique and lasting gift to his many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren scattered around the world. The book we created together is much more than that however. It is a gripping account of a struggle against poverty and bigotry in Belfast in the 1930s, culminating in his eventual success as a businessman and philanthropist.

Ghostwriter for ‘Odyssey – The Business of Consulting’ by Imelda K Butler and Dr. Shane Tracy, published by Taylor and Francis (US) in 2015.

This project involved taking material from a variety of sources, including the learning resources the authors use to deliver seminars and workshops, together with interviews with clients located as far apart as India, South America and the US.

Project managing a book of this nature called upon a variety of skills. I developed a blueprint for the work, co-ordinated the long list of contributors and liaised with the graphic artist to achieve the perfect look. I also worked closely with the publisher and authors to ensure that everything came out on time and in budget.

I’ve also recently worked with a number of organizations to create web content, case studies and marketing material.
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Health & Wellbeing
English (UK) English (US)
  • MA Economics

Work experience


Sep, 1999 — Present

I began my writing career as a journalist, contributing to a wide range of national and international titles, including The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, The Sunday Business Post, The Evening Herald, The Christian Science Monitor and Spiked Online. I wrote on a variety of topics, including health, technology, parenting, travel, music, business, consumer issues, green issues, construction and new media. I also worked as a columnist and continue to write a weekly consumer column for the Irish Examiner. I'm also a long-time contributor to Passive House Plus Magazine, the foremost construction magazine in the British Isles.



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