4 July 1968
Durban, Natal Province, South Africa
|Died||12 May 2010
|Notable works||Nigel Watson, Superhero
O'Mara was born in Durban, Natal Province, South Africa of Irish parentage and carried an Irish passport. She attended the Maris Stella School in Durban during the early 1980s. After an early career in theater O'Mara worked as a flight attendant for Gulf Air, before becoming a video producer in the Gulf States. After travelling through Canada and the United States, living briefly in Elkins, West Virginia, she settled in London during the 1990s. After living in Northamptonshire in the early 2000s. In 2003 she worked as a volunteer for Mondo Challenge in Tanzania. She returned to her childhood home of South Africa in 2005.
At the time of her death, she lived in Kosmos, Madibeng, with her husband Christopher Leach. South African mercenary Mike Hoare was her uncle. She wrote an unpublished account of his adventures as a mercenary in the Congo.
She was travelling in an aeroplane which crashed on her way to visit London for a meeting with publishers. She had previously been forced to abandon a scheduled appearance at the London Book Fair by the cancellation of flights to the UK resulting from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption.
- Home Affairs (2007) (winner of the Citizen Book Prize)
- Nigel Watson, Superhero (scheduled for publication in 2010)
- Book SA – News
- Mail Online report
- South Africans killed in crash that claimed more than 100 lives
- News – Africa: [PIC] "Lone survivor shouts 'Holland, Holland'"
- SA relatives of crash victims fly to Libya
- 11 With links to SA killed in crash
- London Book Fair – Speakers
- South Africa author Bree O'Mara dies in Libya crash
- Jane L. "Book Launch: Home Affairs by Bree O’Mara ", 30degreessouth, 30 January 2008, Retrieved 13 May 2010