Ed Ireland


Ed Ireland is a very proud product of the streets of South Philadelphia. He draws on his memories of people, places and events from his life there as well as the rest of the world he has known.
His list of home territories includes Pennsylvania, Nevada, Texas, California, Colorado, New Jersey New York, North Carolina and currently, Florida. He has been a sometimes frequent visitor of Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Arizona, and Maryland. Every one of these locations has provided him with people and places that inspire his work. Countless memories from them, some good and some bad, fuel his passion for building people, not just characters in his tales.
Confucius once said. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart”. It has become his mantra and an ideology he embraces fully. His age has not diminished his urge for wandering, although he promises his move to Miami, Fl is the last. He claims he will settle down for good in Florida. Maybe the spirit of Hemingway is calling…
Perhaps the people are drawing him. He has always been a people-person for the wealth of opportunity they provide. He says that "a good variety of people in one’s life is like a rich tapestry of inspiration to a writer. People come equipped with personalities, quirks and tales that keep writers in material for a lifetime."
Ed was born in 1954 in Philadelphia. He is a doting father of two and is fiercely loyal to the Philadelphia Eagles, The Beatles and classic horror films. He enjoys time in the kitchen as of late, saying that cooking is fun for him now that he understands that it too, is an art. He enjoys photography, playing in Photoshop and he freely admits to his vice of being addicted to World of Warcraft. His passion is animal rights and he campaigns to end the persecution of wolves. His religious and political views are private; nevertheless, they make themselves known throughout his work.
His thoughts on writing are best summed up in a brief he wrote in response to the question of “Why do you write?” asked when he first began to write.

What is best in life?
To crush your enemies...to see them driven before you...to hear the lamentations of their women! Perfect if you are Conan. Not so much if you're Joe Average trying to get past the daily routines of life. I think that's why I write, to escape the humdrums of the world. Don't get me wrong, I love my life and everybody in it. However, to be able to create a completely new world, new races and creatures...and then to thrust them into adventures, that is what is best in life. To be a writer is the closest any human can be to god. Breathing life into a new world and then determining that world's fate. Choosing their heroes and villains, setting them on a course of discovery and trials and finally bringing their story to an ending...or to the start of the next adventure.
To write is to escape. To bring the thoughts and images that wander through our brains and give them descriptions and therein, life. To enrich them with purpose and direction, to lift them beyond words and into a story and then to share that story with others. Even if only one person reads it, it has served its purpose and the writer his.
What is best in life?
To capture your thoughts... To see them written before you... To hear their story told aloud!

So, that is the author, for all it’s worth. He explains that his sarcasm is described as epic, but also that he is a caring and good man. He says that he’s not sure of that. He says this on the subject...
“I think a good man treats others well no matter what. I treat others as I want them to treat me, but if they don’t then I treat them as they treat me. I prefer to think of myself as a just man. Nevertheless, when we reach our end, what we think of ourselves is worthless. In the end all that matters is what our judges, whoever or whatever they may be think of us. In the meantime, I’ll live life the way I enjoy, I’ll write what I enjoy and I’ll be a smartass for as long as I like.”

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in South Philadelphia, a place as different from other cities as Mars. We just do things differently there. My grandfather was an old bootlegger who came over from Sicily who actually ran whiskey from Canada into Chicago for Al Capone. How and why he made the move to Philadelphia was always a clouded mystery never to be spoken of. It was the rich cast of characters around the home and the countless stories told around my grandfather's weekly card games that gave me an in-site into people and the diversity of the stories they carried. Since my childhood I have always studied people and places and they quite often find their way into my work.
When did you first start writing?
I was in my forties when I started writing these little scenarios for an on-line Dungeons & Dragons-type game I was playing. A lot of people liked them and pushed me to try my hand at writing. So, with the blessings of friends and the spectral presence of Sister Mary Theresa and her steel ruler (the very same one that caressed my knuckles so gently in 8th grade English) I sat and wrote. The story was named "Fire At Dawn" and followed the character I played in the game. As it evolved I included many of my friends and family as characters and after about a year I was ready to present my masterpiece. Most of those who read it loved it and pushed me to find a publisher. A few rejection letters later and my ego was completely flat and airless. But strangely, I didn't feel the urge to quit writing...in fact, i found that I really loved it! So I sat and hacked away at Fire and wrote and re-wrote it. I joined a couple writer's groups where we would critique our work but I realized everybody was just stroking egos. So I decided to take the plunge and self-publish and receive the harsher critiques of customers.
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Where to find Ed Ireland online


Preview: Blood Moon Sacrifice: Chronicles of the Huntress Book Two
A quick preview of the upcoming Book Two of the Chronicles of the Huntress series entitled Blood Moon Sacrifice. Vespias must deal with a crazed cult and a beast called the Everdark while making her way through a rebellion within Tiran. All the while she must also battle the ghosts of her past in order to have a future.


A New Dawning
Series: Chronicles of the Free People, Book Three. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 121,520. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
For twenty years the Clans have kept the peace. They have spent their days and nights away from the boundaries imposed by the Goddess. They kept true to her word and allowed the years to pass without incident. Now, when the last secrets of Var Libra are exposed, when the last cities have scattered their ashes and when the last breaths of the Clans are drawn… Who will remember their story?
The Chronicles of the Free People Trilogy Box Set
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 331,530. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Ride with the Free People across their epic tale of love, honor and respect. This epic fantasy trilogy, Fire At Dawn, The Stormrider and A New Dawning spans more than 20 years in the lives of Hellion and Fire, Leaders of the United Clans. Come along on this adventure of hope vs. despair and integrity vs. duplicity. When the final breaths of the Clan are drawn, will you know how their stories end?
The Stormrider
Series: Chronicles of the Free People, Book Two. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 120,230. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Once again, war sets the stage for moral and social issues that can sometimes parallel our own issues in this world. However, spiritual issues also arise for the clans. Their Goddess has told them what will be for the larger picture, but has left them to follow their hearts, minds and consciences for the details. It is faith that allows the Clans the courage to do what must be done.
Fire At Dawn
Series: Chronicles of the Free People, Book One. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 89,300. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
A story of gripping adventure, filled with paralleling tales of love and hatred, truth and lies, honor and disgrace...an age-old tale of good vs. evil. Read Fire At Dawn and prepare for a sprawling, explosive story of high fantasy, romance and honor that will sweep you up and put you on your own horse in the middle of the battle.
The Final Chapter
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 25,040. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
One girl is brutally murdered and another missing. Detective Jim White follows clues amid the backdrop of Reno, Nevada and the staid city of Sacramento, California. In that city he meets Grace Payne and is sure the killer is in her office. But who can it be? As the story moves along the prime suspect is all wrong to the hardened detective...or is he?
Forgotten Treasure
Price: Free! Words: 17,420. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
A collection of poems and short stories. The poetry is inspired by emotions. Anger, joy, love and spirituality all find their way out in them. The short stories are studies in different genres. There is humor in the Wiki-esque biography of Popeye the Sailor and the irreverent "When the Music Stops", fantasy in the "Bonds of War" and drama in "Silver Lining".
Crime Scene
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 45,040. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
The Philadelphia Mafia was flourishing in 1962 when hit man Sal DeSantos is summoned to a meeting with the 3 most powerful Dons in America. He is given his next target and his world will never be the same again. A fictional account of what happened in the weeks before and after November 22, 1963 and the man who remained mired in that horrible event for years afterward.

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  • Seven Deadly Sins - Romance Horror Anthology From The Fringe on April 12, 2015

    It's entertainment. There are seven stories following a specific theme of romance as seen through the dark, twisted world of horror. Not all of the stories are top notch. Doesn't matter, as they all succeed at bringing a level of creepiness to a subject that should be free of such things. At the very least, you'll end each one with a WTF on your lips. "The Mortician's Temptation" gets you going down a dark road. You might not feel the same on further stories and others might make the road darker depending on what strikes your nerves in that special way. All in all, a good read. This group supports Indie Authors and pushes them to the forefront. Groups like this are ground breakers and deserve every ounce of support they can get. Grab a copy, zero in on your favorite and be sure to spread the word.