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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.
on Nov. 21, 2013 :
The Tuatha De Danaan will be familiar to anyone who has read any Irish folklore at all, but here they are brought to life against a backdrop of both ancient and modern history, with a healthy dose of mythology to stretch the reader's ability to suspend disbelief.
A boy confined to a wheel chair is abducted by the Sidhe and taught lessons about the power of personal belief. It is a heart warming story with excitement and an engaging writing style that kept me reading on my first session until somehow a hundred pages of the book had gone by.
The story is rich in magical imagery and references to Irish folklore that will often sound familiar, yet is detailed enough to send an old scholar like me to looking up references. The adventures that young Conor is forced to endure teach him valuable lessons about believing in himself and stretching his abilities to reach his greatest potential, yet also acknowledge the limitations inherent in living with a broken body.
While the tale is pure fantasy, the backdrop of familiar legend adds a feeling of reality to the adventure that teases the imagination. The last few chapters deliver plenty of action in the manner of a heroic tale, leading to a conclusion that satisfies the need for a plausible resolution.
I find myself curious about what to expect from the further adventures of Conor among the Sidhe in the rest of the series to come.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)