I was born in Dublin, Ireland and lived and studied there until I was about 24 before leaving fairly permanently. Since then, I have worked and lived in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the USA and Australia, teaching both language and literature.
I've always been an avid reader of most genres but my main interest is history, whether it be straight history or re-imagined and semi fictionalised modern events or ancient and mythical accounts. I am especially fond of the Old and Middle English periods - Beowulf, The Battle of Maldon and the later Arthurian romances - and the old Irish mythical past. Not too surprisingly, my first novel, Raiding Cúailnge, is based on the old Irish epic, An Táin Bó Cúailnge or The Cattle Raid of Cooley which recounts the exploits of Ireland's mythical and legendary hero, Cú Chulainn aka Sétanta. Available from 20 April on Smashwords and other major ebook retailers
Currently, I live in Perth, West Australia and I enjoy food and wine, preferably in company with family and friends. I love to travel and most recently I spent three months travelling around Cuba and South America - Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentine. Further books featuring Sétanta, aka Cú Chulainn will appear soon.
by Stephen Russell
Published: April 20, 2016
Raiding Cúailnge is an 113,000 word historical novel based on Old Irish manuscripts. Cú Chulainn, an Iron Age hero, sacrifices family and friends to achieve the everlasting fame foretold at his birth. Defending his lands from an avaricious queen, he breaks the bonds of kinship and loyalty that hold Celtic society together.