C. J. Watterson


Ciarán was born in Limerick city and grew up there. In 2010 he graduated with first class honours in Computer Engineering at the University of Limerick. He now spends most of his time writing yards of code for an international chip manufacturer.

His writing career really grew when he realised that essay titles such as "What I did last summer" could be twisted to become any story. Stories played with Lego became source material for knocking out troublesome homework. Encouraged by strong grades, he started to write a prologue - and that expanded into book, and the book became the first part of a series.

He draws from varied source material, influenced by authors such as Alexander Dumas, David Eddings, Alistair Maclean, Arthur Conan Doyle, Terry Pratchett and how could we leave out, William Shakespeare. Of course - he doesn't write literature for the English curriculum - he writes enjoyable Science Fiction/Fantasy action-adventure tempered with occasional serious notes.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I don't need to be successful, I don't need to get published and I don't even believe I can or want to write stuff that has mass market appeal. All the great authors I love would never get published today with all their info-dumping, personal opinions, telling not showing and sentences that never end. I love writing though, and I want people to have the option of something a little different. I can't deny the positive response of my readers makes it worthwhile - and what is the point of writing if you simply lock it away in a cupboard.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book provisionally named "Master of the Destroyer" is the third part in the Magen series. I can't say progress is anything other that snail's pace - with all my committments. I'm still reviewing "Heart of the South". This story is much more space opera with several groups of characters hairing across the solar system. Magen is master of a small warship, just struggling to protect asteroid mining vital to the war effort. Even in the vast realm of space the "seekers of the key" still manage to track him down.
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Heart of the South
Series: Magen. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 189,670. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Seatus and Es'stus have been at war for over three hundred years. Inevitably, the Seatons - the Defenders - are losing. Left behind by the main troop movements, Magen's lone division must cross the oceans if they are to be any aid in the defence of the capital, Solara. They head into the Heart of the South. Part two in the Magen series continuing from "Of North Blood Drawn" (free).
Of North Blood Drawn
Series: Magen, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 169,140. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Exiled by his people, the mythical 'North Ice-Islanders', Magen Agasan is an outcast. Born without telepathy; he is abnormal, a regression. He is thrown into a 300 year inter-planetary war that has nothing to do with his people. A dark shadow dogs his steps. Ancient prophesy hangs over him. A spy is sleeping. Full of entertaining characters, wry humour, and even a dash of romance.

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christian    fantasy    hope    irish    irish author    military    scifi    sword    war