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A former commune-dwelling goat herding hippie and guitar picker turned tree planter and ski mechanic, illustrator, wood carver and carpenter; author Richard Sutton left college and hitch-hiked to New York in 1972 with forty dollars in his pocket and no preconceptions.
"There, I met my wife, worked in advertising and design until I was an empty, hollow shell, then ran a retail gallery, becoming an Indian Trader in 1985." More travel followed and a home in New Mexico. He finally saw the light of day and began to write fiction more or less full-time, in 1996.
An historical fiction/fantasy The Red Gate began it all in 2009, then a sequel, The Gatekeepers in 2010. 2011, saw the release of his first SciFi novella, Home, and Troll, a prehistoric-fantasy, followed in 2012. 2014, Back to Santa Fe was released April 1st, writing as WT Durand and On Parson's Creek, a YA mystery was just released in October. He lives with his wife and their cats, raccoons and other boarders in New York.
on April 16, 2012 :
Richard Sutton’s ability to paint a rich picture of the Irish countryside and to portray a warm and loving Irish family continues undiminished in this sequel to The Red Gate.
Even in the countryside, the O’Deirgs are unable to avoid involvement in the violence of Ireland’s fight for independence, and the sudden arrival of their unknown American cousins doesn’t make it easier. But through it all, their mysterious secret gives them hope.
The rather remarkable mystical connection of the O’Deirg women is mirrored in the American aboriginal background of their new family connection. Can they keep their secret from her? Should they?
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 28, 2011 :
Wonderful continuation of an historical Irish tale. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of mystery in the thin places and mists of time.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)