Ali Isaac

Biography

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.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Quite simply, I wanted people to read my book! Like many authors, I had started down the traditional route, sending out my manuscript to agents and publishers, but had no luck. Then I read an article about Amanda Hocking, which got me interested in the idea of self publishing. It's been a long hard journey, and a massive learning curve, I've achieved things I never imagined I would, and enjoyed every minute of it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Ooooh...this is a difficult one! Writing brings me joy on many different levels. I enjoy being able to express myself eloquently enough that people want to read what I write, and actually enjoy it. I enjoy the process of creation. I love receiving feedback, particularly if it is in the form of a positive review, hint hint! (only joking!) And I really enjoy connecting with my readers, either on my Facebook page, or via email.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Ali Isaac online


Where to buy in print


Books

Conor Kelly's Legends of Ireland
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,600. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: September 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
There is so much more to Irish mythology than 'The Children of Lir', beautiful a story as it is. Let me be your guide, and all will be well. I invite you to accompany me on an epic journey four thousand years back in time to the shadowy past of Ireland’s long-lost legend, where fairy kings and Goddesses walked amongst mortals, and where feats of magic, swordsmanship and courage were customary.
Grá mo Chroí 'Love of my Heart' Love Stories from Irish Myth
Price: Free! Words: 27,620. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: May 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00)
Long ago on a green island surrounded by billowing mists, a people lived among the relics of a bygone age around which they created a mythology. They were a volatile people, easily moved to love or war, and motivated by a strict sense of honour; Kings and Queens, heroines and heroes, warriors and lovers. They were the Irish, and these are a few retellings of some of their beautiful stories.
Conor Kelly and The Fenian King
Series: The Tir na Nog Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 129,730. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: July 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Somehow, Sidhe-Princess Annalee has embroiled Conor in another hopeless quest on behalf of Ireland's fairy-folk. Last time, he nearly got himself killed. This time, things look even worse. The Morrigan has arisen, wreaking havoc and destruction. With the help of feisty sidekick Ciara, Conor must find the mysterious Fenian King, otherwise known as Fionn mac Cumhall, their only hope of salvation.
Of Words and Water - 2013
Series: Of Words and Water, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 57,530. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2013 by Words and Water group. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author
(4.92)
Published in support of WaterAid, this delightful selection of short stories and poems has a cohesive theme of water. Donated by an international group of top class authors, there are many styles of writing which will each, in its own way, entertain you. Song lyrics and a poem were donated by renowned folk singer, musician and activist Peggy Seeger,
Conor Kelly and The Four Treasures of Eirean
Series: The Tir na Nog Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,670. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00)
Conor Kelly is not your average hero. Trapped inside a body he can't control, his mind is as active and alert as yours. On the outside, however, he's about as interactive as a lump of wood. Then he meets Fae-Princess, Annalee, and everything changes. With the blood of Lugh tingling in his veins, the boy in the wheelchair must dig deep, if he is to unlock the inherited powers dormant within him.

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