About Sean Hillen

During a 40-year media career, Sean Hillen has been war correspondent, medical reporter, arts reviewer, travel writer, editor, publisher and author, as well as media trainer and creative writing coach with Ireland Writing Retreat. Born in Belfast, northern Ireland, he wrote for Belfast Telegraph newspapers and The Irish Times before emigrating to the United States to work at the United Nations Media Center in New York. From there he moved to the Midwest with Scripps Howard Broadcasting, now an NBC-affiliate, and then The Kansas City Times, becoming the daily newspaper’s health and science correspondent. Sean’s writings have also appeared in other newspapers including Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Daily Mail, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Business Post, as well as specialized publications such as American Medical News, the national newspaper of the American Medical Association, American Nurse, national magazine of the American Nurses Association, and Nursing Times in England. After winning regional and national journalism awards, Sean left the US for Eastern Europe immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 as a volunteer with the Human Rights League to establish the first post-Communist journalism schools in Romania. This led to him working with international aid agencies such as the British Council, United Nations Development Fund, Soros Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). He was a foreign correspondent for The Times and The Daily Telegraph, London, before establishing his own national publishing and events company based in Bucharest for 15 years.

Sean’s other books include a guide to media training and a light-hearted, intra-country travelogue entitled ‘Digging for Dracula.’ His travel writings can be found at Worlditineraries.co and JustLuxe.com

Sean Hillen’s Books

Pretty Ugly

Cosmetics create beauty, but when that turns ugly, it’s lethal. A thrilling, intriguing ride through the murky undercurrent of corporate and political machinations bridging the complex worlds of medicine, media and modeling, in both the United States and Ireland. What physical horrors can rogue nano-particles, a thousandth time smaller than a human cell, create when… [Read More]

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    Delighted Books Ireland has listed my suspense novel, ‘Pretty Ugly,’ in its special ’First Flush’ column. And gives it a strong rating, describing the novel as “…well designed and produced, a thriller that gets under the skin of the beauty industry in a tale of corporate and political machinations crossing the worlds of medicine, media and modelin…[Read more]

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