Ali Isaac

Biography

As a child… I always had my nose in a book, in several, actually, all at the same time. I spoke a unique hybrid language of English, French, Greek, Italian and Arabic. I had a pet donkey, rode a chopper bike, and was (fairly) fearless on a skateboard. I didn’t go to school until I was seven years old. I had a phobia about scorpions, swam every day, went barefoot even in winter, and was almost betrothed to an Arabian Bedouin prince.

Fast forward… and life is much more conventional. I am married with three children and a dog. I live in rural Ireland, where I get to hang out with my imaginary friends. I fear spiders instead of scorpions. I never go shoe-less. I spend much of my time visiting ruined ancient buildings, and dreaming of the distant past. It’s easy to do that in Ireland; you’re never more than a footstep away from history.

I always dreamed… of watching the sun rise over Macchu Picchu on the morning of the Millennium. I’m proud to say I achieved that, although a few months early. It was as magical a moment as I had anticipated. I always dreamed of writing a book. I’m proud to say I have achieved that too, in fact, I’ve written two. I always dreamed that Victor Ambrus would illustrate my books, and that my books would one day be made into a blockbuster movie. Yeah, I’m still dreaming…

I write for many reasons… to tell a story, of course. Every writer has their own story to tell. I write to challenge my reader’s perceptions, because sometimes, things are not at all how they appear. I write to educate, because my life has taught me things no one else knows, and its my duty to share. I write for sheer pleasure, but mostly, I write to be read.

I read… all the time, mostly on my Kindle Android app. I especially love to read in bed at night. I have discovered a whole new world of wonderful Indie authors, such as Jay Howard, Rachele Baker, Kathy Krisko, Jane Dougherty, Craig Boyack, Nickolas C Rossis, Peyton Reynolds, Grace Jolliffe, Allie Cresswell, Patrick de Moss, Mira Prabhu, Dax Christopher, and many others. Other writers I admire are George RR Martin, Rick Riordon, Alex Scarrow, Rosemary Sutcliffe, Alan Early, David Eddings, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Richard Adams, among others.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Quite simply, I wanted people to read my book! Like many authors, I had started down the traditional route, sending out my manuscript to agents and publishers, but had no luck. Then I read an article about Amanda Hocking, which got me interested in the idea of self publishing. It's been a long hard journey, and a massive learning curve, I've achieved things I never imagined I would, and enjoyed every minute of it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Ooooh...this is a difficult one! Writing brings me joy on many different levels. I enjoy being able to express myself eloquently enough that people want to read what I write, and actually enjoy it. I enjoy the process of creation. I love receiving feedback, particularly if it is in the form of a positive review, hint hint! (only joking!) And I really enjoy connecting with my readers, either on my Facebook page, or via email.
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Where to buy in print


Books

Conor Kelly's Legends of Ireland
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,600. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: September 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
There is so much more to Irish mythology than 'The Children of Lir', beautiful a story as it is. Let me be your guide, and all will be well. I invite you to accompany me on an epic journey four thousand years back in time to the shadowy past of Ireland’s long-lost legend, where fairy kings and Goddesses walked amongst mortals, and where feats of magic, swordsmanship and courage were customary.
Grá mo Chroí 'Love of my Heart' Love Stories from Irish Myth
Price: Free! Words: 27,620. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: May 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Romance » Historical
(4.50)
Long ago on a green island surrounded by billowing mists, a people lived among the relics of a bygone age around which they created a mythology. They were a volatile people, easily moved to love or war, and motivated by a strict sense of honour; Kings and Queens, heroines and heroes, warriors and lovers. They were the Irish, and these are a few retellings of some of their beautiful stories.
Conor Kelly and The Fenian King
Series: The Tir na Nog Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 129,730. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: July 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Somehow, Sidhe-Princess Annalee has embroiled Conor in another hopeless quest on behalf of Ireland's fairy-folk. Last time, he nearly got himself killed. This time, things look even worse. The Morrigan has arisen, wreaking havoc and destruction. With the help of feisty sidekick Ciara, Conor must find the mysterious Fenian King, otherwise known as Fionn mac Cumhall, their only hope of salvation.
Of Words and Water - 2013
Series: Of Words and Water, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 57,530. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2013 by Words and Water group. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author
(4.92)
Published in support of WaterAid, this delightful selection of short stories and poems has a cohesive theme of water. Donated by an international group of top class authors, there are many styles of writing which will each, in its own way, entertain you. Song lyrics and a poem were donated by renowned folk singer, musician and activist Peggy Seeger,
Conor Kelly and The Four Treasures of Eirean
Series: The Tir na Nog Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,670. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00)
Conor Kelly is not your average hero. Trapped inside a body he can't control, his mind is as active and alert as yours. On the outside, however, he's about as interactive as a lump of wood. Then he meets Fae-Princess, Annalee, and everything changes. With the blood of Lugh tingling in his veins, the boy in the wheelchair must dig deep, if he is to unlock the inherited powers dormant within him.

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Smashwords book reviews by Ali Isaac

  • Never Too Late (Changes #1) on Aug. 13, 2012

    As an author myself (The Four Treasures of Eirean), I know how hard it is to create characters with real depth, characters with whom you empathise and root for, characters who become as real and dear to you as your best friends. In ‘Never Too Late’, author Jay Howard has achieved this effortlessly, creating a whole community of engaging, authentic personalities, all with their hidden skeletons and secret motivations. Maggie McTavish is the main protagonist around which this community revolves. There will not be many women who fail to identify with some aspect of Maggie’s character. On the surface, she appears to have it all; the big fancy house, handsome successful husband, beautiful accomplished children, and limitless disposable income. But inevitably, not all is as it seems. Marrying young, and devoting her life to raising her children, Maggie one day realises that life has somehow passed her by. Her children, James and Chloe, have grown and flown the nest. Her faithless workaholic husband, Iain, is hardly ever home, and somewhere along the way she has lost herself too. With no career to fall back on, no family around to support her, the future stretches long and lonely ahead of her. However, she is galvanised into action when Iain is seriously injured in a car crash. Suddenly, she finds herself running her husband’s business. She discovers shocking secrets and betrayal, whilst dealing with various family crises and nursing her invalid husband back to health. After living such a sheltered life as a pampered housewife, and with her marriage teetering, how will she cope? The strength of this story lies within its many characters and layers. It is a story of friendship, love, passion, human weakness, and compassion, a story which could be playing itself out in any community around us right now. Its only drawback (if it can be considered a drawback!) comes right at the beginning, in that we are introduced to all of the characters in fairly quick succession during the very first chapter. This slows the pace a little, as one comes to terms with all the names and personal histories. However, such is the author’s skill, that we are soon drawn into their lives regardless. This is a lovely account of family saga, village life and community, which I would recommend to anyone. The author is knowledgeable and writes well. I look forward to reading more in the future from this author.
  • New Beginnings (Changes #2) on Nov. 03, 2012

    The McTavishes are back! Christmas is coming, and the inhabitants of the small community of Holmsford are in full swing. Caught up in the rush of festive preparations, Maggie is struggling to come to terms with the aftermath of her husband's infidelity, his car crash, and his long convalescence. It is Chloe, Maggie's beautiful and headstrong daughter who takes centre stage on this occasion, however. Desperate to find love and make a success of her new interior design business, Chloe does not care who she hurts along the way. Rushing headlong into a relationship with her newest and biggest client, the handsome Alesso, she ditches her lover, Joel, by letter and roars off in his car on Christmas morning. Chloe decides to re-establish contact with her estranged grandparents in Glasgow, and in so doing, uncovers a dark family secret which threatens to destroy her parents and push Maggie over the edge. Book Two of the Changes Family Saga continues in much the same vein as the first. It is extremely well written, full of convincing and authentic characters, and is a fine study of relationships amongst family, friends, lovers and community. As it journeys towards its satisfying conclusion, it sketches a beautifully detailed picture of life in a rural English village, and the folk who live and work there. However, all is not as it seems. The author artfully intertwines all the characters stories in a fine mesh of twisting sub-plot, with a few surprises thrown in. As the story reaches its happy ending, I can't help feeling this is not the end. Too many stories were left unfinished, too many questions left unanswered. Has Chloe found her knight in shining armour? Has she really settled down? Does jilted Joel come looking for her, throwing her into confusion? Do Maggie and Iain overcome their difficulties and renew their love? How does Hilda cope, now that her saucy secret is out? How do the new faces fit into this long established community? There must be a Book Three on its way. Can I order my copy now?