Interview with Eoghan O'Connell

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural Ireland, in a small close knit community. Historical references are everywhere in Ireland: old forts, castles, fairy-rings, battlefields, you name it, we have it. We also have some of the 'big houses' from the Regency, and before it. To this day, one can walk down Georgian Streets or visit the remains of the infamous Hell Fire Club near Dublin City.

Ireland is a story tellers dream!
When did you first start writing?
As a teenager. I wrote terrible poetry and even worse short stories. I kept stories in my head for many years and never did anything about it. Except of course, now.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A young man, a prince, being used as a pawn by his totally unscrupulous father. The kingdom of Katebourg is under threat from those who want change. Their ruler, King Herman IV is loathe to consider even the slightest change to his power and position. He concocts a diabolic plot to remove himself of all his worries by sending his youngest son, Prince Kanchure on a dangerous and murky expedition.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was just something I wanted to do. Literature should be democratic - and not just the remit of multinational publishing companies.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
You never know what your subconscious mind is going to come up with next! The characters are all facets of their writer, but even the writer of the story can get surprised.
What are you working on next?
I have an idea for a supernatural short story set in rural Ireland, circa 1978. It was the summer of the Argentinian World Cup and I want to incorporate that into my story, as the narrative will be through the eyes of young soccer crazy children.
Who are your favorite authors?
Somerset Maugham, James Joyce and Laurens van der Post are among my favouite authors.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I teach English at a small school in Taiwan. I love my job and feel privileged to live in such a beautiful, friendly country.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually ask my friends for a recommendation or else just type in the subject matter that I am interested in. I love anything to do with history and folklore and will check other people's comments before I decide to download book.
Published 2015-01-04.
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Books by This Author

I Heard
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 1,570. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Anger, frustration, sex and infidelity...For eavesdroppers everywhere, this book contains 10 very short stories formed from snippets of conversation beginning with the phrase "I heard". The stories include stressed office workers, hormonal teenagers, cheating husbands, an arguing couple and doomed conquistadors. Be that fly on the wall.
Kanchure
You set the price! Words: 73,360. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Lust, murder, cruelty and intrigue. Four princes collide with their despotic father and with each other. Greed, suspicion and envy percolate through the streets and dens of the capital. An expedition to secure an ancient artifact in a far-off land seems to offer hope of diffusing the tension at home. However, it might just destroy everything held dear..