Interview with Thomas Kennedy

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Dublin Ireland, born in 1945. These were hard times with religion, poverty and mendacity. Hard times can be good times. As values are simple. And as the Beatles said, love is all you need.
It was necessary to become oneself in part by rising above and climbing out of the way things were done around the then value system
When did you first start writing?
I started story telling when my kids were young and I was trying to settle them down to sleep. I started writing fiction in my forties but didn't produce anything worth publishing until my fifties.
My father came from a remote Irish speaking part of Ireland. In those parts there was an oral tradition of story telling and maybe I picked up some if this.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is part of a series. I write drawing on Irish mythology and put the characters into a modern environment. Druids, Leprechauns and witches in modern San Francisco. The book is called The San Francisco Leprechauns. I hope it combines humor with excitement. Characters that appeared in my previous book - The Chicago Druid and the ugly Princess - pop up in this story so yhere is continuity but not exactly a series.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Inability to engage traditional publishers who were unsure that my writing could attract a mass market. Now I love it as it cuts out the hassle and lets me concentrate on writing. I'm awful at marketing so I just put my books out there and hope they'll be found.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's an author friendly site run with enthusiasm. It provides wide distribution as my books are in the premium category. Their regular promotions make it possible to offer my books for free and reach the wider audience.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I donno.
It's a freedom. It's expressing myself. I live it.
The moment when the novel is published is great.
Smashwords make it possible to track sales and hits on the site. This is fun.
I love the thought that someone has read my work.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't know if I have any. I've got a few great reviews so maybe I have. I hope I entertain them and make them think about the world we live in. Fans give me a sense of community and reaching out from my small corner of the world into other lives. I hope they are taken out of their world for the time they read my work and they smile as they enjoy.
What are you working on next?
My next novel is called - The Boston Druid and the Wizard. my old villain Druid Lochlain and his cat Venus lock horns with the Faerie Queen. Her champion is a teenager who finds himself in a complicated situation especially when a monster called an engapmahc causes havoc.
It's nearly there. Hopefully it combines fun and adventure.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read a wide selection. Currently I am reading ' Gone Girl' by G Flynn. I love Tolkien - the lord of the rings. I read Camus in french am I am trying to learn the language. An Irish writer called Benjamin Black who writes literature as John Banville. I recently read The boy with the striped pyjamas. Fantasy books like Artemis Fowl by eoin golfer and a dance with dragons by G Martin.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life, living, being here. We get "one moment in anilhilation's waste" so go for it.
Family, love, friends and people. And writing the next page.
Take control and run your life. Then you'll get up in a positive frame of mind.
Find love. Realise yourself. Don't let the begrudgers get you down. Find positive energy and friends with positive energy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Family first.
I play tennis and golf.
Friends. cinema. reading. Doing nothing and enjoying it.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have kindle but lately I use my Samsung phone for everything including books. I look at the best sellers lists, browse bookshops, talk to friends. And I browse amazon smashwords and barnes and noble
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes it became the first chapter of my book 'Dark Drink and Conversation
I wrote it for a creative writing course I was on.
What is your writing process?
I draft by hand using pen and paper and rewrite into the computer.
Then I rewrite and redraft as I go.
when the novel is finished I get a print version and give it to my sister to proof read. Several proofs later I decide it's done.Then I get it through the smashwords process to be in the premium category.
Published 2013-08-30.
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Books by This Author

The Boston Druid and the Wizard
Series: Irish/American fantasy, Book 6. Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 93,040. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Urban
Through a series of events, 16 year old Brian unintentionally ends up as the Faerie Queen's Champion and betrothed to Maedbh, a 13th century Celtic teenage princess. Brian's normal life complicates when he has to bring Maedbh home to modern suburbia.Then a gangster decides that Brian should be killed as his grandson Robbo's first hit as a trainee. How will Brian manage this and much much, more?
The San Francisco Leprechauns
Series: Irish/American fantasy, Book 5. Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 88,380. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Urban
Young 19th century twins,brother and sister, are kidnapped to become Leprechauns. Due to magic reasons they must be returned to modern San Francisco. But they need new bodies. Meet druid Lochlain, Venus the cat, Puca the poodle, drug cartels, Vampires, the undead, the Faerie Queen,and Gentle Michael the Leprechaun. And a plot to invade Otherworld
The Chicago Druid & The Ugly Princess
Series: Irish/American fantasy, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 78,520. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Urban
In ancient Celtic Ireland, the beautiful Princess Fionnuala is changed by a Druid into the ugliest woman imaginable and then thrown by magic into modern-day Chicago. In a city of gang warfare, terrorists and madcap characters she must find a new destiny. And to regain her beauty she must find a true love. Characters from her past pursue her, seeking her secret,the mythological Salmon of Knowledge.
The New York Druid
Series: Irish/American fantasy, Book 3. Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 78,050. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Urban
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Live Corp. is a hedge fund seeking niche markets in evil. Aided by the attractive witch Morag they seek a Druid who can be put on the path of evil and read stock market trends. Connor is a young conservative tax accountant. His life changes when he meets a short man in a Leprechaun suit who seeks his advice in the matter of goldmines. Humor, Romance, Adventure.
Kate and the Raptor Dinosaurs
Series: Irish/American fantasy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 13,890. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Irish Mythology and Modern Multi-universe theory meet in an exciting humorus adventure involving Dinosaur raptors and travel across time-lines. (If you take this story please oblige with a review after you have read it. Thomask)
More Dark Drink and Conversation
Series: In Mulligans, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,310. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Urban
A comic and satirical look at the modern world from the confines of the snug in Mulligan's pub. A horse racing scam, a kidnapped European Union Commissioner, a Film Crew, Dwyer the Bookie and the Bruisers, Rockette the Garda recruit, The Australian and the Seeker, the CIA and the AFA and others in this warm tale of kidnap and conspiracy. Adult Themes and Humor.
No way to murder a Lady
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,100. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
“They way I see it, either I do you for the two murders, or you come over on to my side.” “What side is that?” “The wild side.” He laughs and orders another but I stick with the rock shandy. “I’m in,” I say. “I don’t see a lot of options.” A former police colleague has you over a barrel. But he wants something...
The Irish Detective
Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 82,020. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A very private investigator in the capital city of Ireland. Like any city there are problems. Your job is to find Irish solutions to Irish problems. Your team includes your beautiful Russian assistant Alice and the PMC, a dangerous ex-army ranger, who has a slightly scrambled brain. Your customers include gangsters, police, businessmen, politicians, and tailors each with a unique problem.
Twisted Love and Money
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,470. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
U.K. Businessman seeks beautiful mistress with ambition.Billionaire in gay relationship seeks female to visit mother and produce heir. Vacuous young man, great in bed, seeks soul-mate.Young girl wants fun with biker. Thirties something female accountant seeks man.Beautiful girl is lead on Irish takeover bid.Millions at stake in plot to take over Irish company.Adult Romance over 18's.
Changing and Surviving in Business
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 17,100. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2009. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management and human resources, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Consulting
Business Change is normal. You can change or be changed. Stand still in business and you reduce your chances of survival. However Change is a complex subject and if you wish to create a change ready organization there are complex activities that must mesh together in a balanced way to ensure success. The approach is with an emphasis on easy readability for the busy executive.
Targeting Performance
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 7,440. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2009. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management and human resources, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business administration
What I have done in this book is to set out a view of the Business Planning Process and the People Performance Management Process and how the two should tie in together. I hope this will be useful to the Chief Executive or Senior Manager who is trying to grow a successful business.
Love on the Dark Side of the City
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,920. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
George wants his teenage stepdaughter.She plans her escape. Ivan wants vunerable girls . Megan wants to escape life as a gypsy. Robbo wants a job. Sonia wants out of the sex industry. Samuel wants to start again after cancer.Frank has fallen for a lap-dancer. Peter wants peace with his wife... A romantic thriller based in modern day Dublin City, Ireland. Adult Themes for over 18's
Druids, Raptors and Egyptians
Series: Irish/American fantasy, Book 2. Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 79,690. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Irish Mythology, Egyptian Pharaohs and modern multi-universe theories mix in this exciting, humorous adventure. When Olaf, king of the Orang-utan sells Kate and her brother to the Raptors for major banannas, their attempt to rescue Conchobar becomes fraught. But when the Raptors find their way into the Egyptian time-line, planning to sell humans to gourmet restaurants, Kate has to act.
Dark Drink and Conversation
Series: In Mulligans, Book 1. Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 70,870. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Urban
Adult Irish Humor. Come in. Sit down and take your ease. Have a drink… Hear of Fitzer the pervert, Kathy the Dominatrix, the Yank, the Green Man and of course the Burglar and his daughter Naimh pregnant by the Builder. Hear of the young curate and his connection to the sodality of Catholic Mothers and of the death of Big Breno the drug dealer. All told from conversation