Something magical happened in the musty basement of my local courthouse. I went there intending to research my ancestry, not lose myself in a wealth of stories, but the ghosts of yesteryear drew me into the past and would not let me go. The trail left by my ancestors in those yellowing documents led me from rural Pennsylvania to the Celtic countries, where my love of all things Irish/Scottish blossomed into outright passion.
I became particularly interested in a man named Somerled, self-styled “King of Argyll and the Isles” and progenitor of the Lords of the Isles. In 1164, he led a fleet of 164 galleys up the River Clyde in an all-or-nothing attempt to overthrow the Scottish crown. What would lead a man of his advanced years to do such a thing?
Of course, history records he did so because the king demanded forfeiture of his lands. But the writer in me wondered …what if he did it for the love of a woman?
My second novel, SCATTERED SEEDS, follows two of Somerled’s 18th century descendants from County Donegal, Ireland to the wilds of frontier Pennsylvania at the outset of the French and Indian War.
Readers will notice a common theme throughout my books: star-crossed lovers. This is something I know a bit about, since during one of my trips to Ireland, I fell in love with an Irishman. The immigration battle that followed took four long years to win. With only fleeting visits, Skype chats, and emails to sustain our love, I poured my heartache into my writing. I like to think it shows in the emotional depth of my characters.