#OWSCyCon2019 Author Spotlight
As part of the build-up to OWSCyCon2019, I want to introduce you to some of the amazing volunteers and authors taking part in the event. If it wasn’t for the volunteers, there could be no CyCon, and I’m grateful to every single one of them for giving up their time to make this happen. But by the same token, without the authors taking part in the event, we wouldn’t be able to bring you the amazing events that we have planned. So without further delay…
Meet Ed Ireland
OK, born in Philly so I have an inherited attitude. I’ve lived in quite a few places around the States and use all of them in my world-building. I also use pretty much everybody I’ve ever known to composite characters. I’ve been married twice, have 2 kids, 3 dogs, and very little patience left. My hobbies are cooking and photography and my vices include gaming and some other things we won’t talk about here.
What Genres Do You Write In?
Why Don't You Start By Sharing A Little About Yourself
I’m not your normal writer, as if any of us are normal. I didn’t start writing until later in life but I’m not holding that accountable. I’ve done my 1 million words and more, wrestled with ill-tempered muses and hit the wall of doubt a few times. After all of that I finally realized that for me at least, if not all writers, a story pops into your head and the next thing you know, it’s an obsession. You just need to get it on paper to get it out of your head. It doesn’t matter if a million people read it or if just 1 person reads it.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?
My latest book is still in the writing stage, but I can tell you about the last book. It’s called “Blood Moon Sacrifice” and it’s the second book in my Journals of the Huntress series. It is following the heroine of the world, Vespias Firstlight. She was thrust into a war and forced to sacrifice so much that she turned to alcohol, promiscuity and an all-around nasty attitude. Nobody is perfect but everybody needs to push themselves to be the best they can. Vespias is no different. She will always find a way to get what needs doing on a to-do list. Much like most of us. Maybe. Anyway, I have her 3rd book going and a cookbook of all things going when the muses refuse to work.
Who is your intended readership?
People who read. I don’t care who you are, if you have $15, go buy my book. Be entertained. Pass the word. Just kidding, I want to have people who enjoy reading leisurely. I want readers who like to be immersed in a new world and spend time with the people there. I want readers who are more than happy to read a few extra pages that bring them closer to my characters.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I not sure I ever wanted to be a writer. Still not sure about this. As I said, the story comes in and then nags me until I write. One day I’ll figure it all out.
Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?
I love Gregory Maguire! He wrote Wicked, Son of a Witch, and more. Now, if you’ve never read Wicked, I can tell you it’s not anything like the play. It’s dark and gritty. the opposite of everything we grew up thinking of Oz. That’s what I love. He turns the world around and despite thinking you know it so well, shows you another side of it. It pushes me to try and let my readers see the same issue from the hero and villain standpoint.
What advice would you give beginning writers?
My main thing is to make the characters as realistic as possible despite the fact that they might be a race not yet encountered. The reason for this is simple; if a reader doesn’t care about the character or can’t identify with them on some level, then why would they care what happens? Ergo, the more they like that character, the more they want to know what happens. Find that part of you that wants to be a writer and ask it what is most important for your work. Then act on it, keep going and do not pay attention to those who will undoubtedly shower you with harsh words.
Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?
My writing ritual has come under fire from my family. When Dad pulls out the Earl Grey and the Chips Ahoy’s, it’s time for serious writing. I hear things like “please don’t kill anybody off” and “that’s not supposed to be me is it?” Then there’s the inevitable “since I’m the only one who cleans around here, I’ll take the trash out.” Non-writers just don’t get it and therefore my muse creates them in some form and then cheerfully kills them.
What do you like to do when you're not writing? Any hobbies?
I game too much. But, I really do enjoy my time cooking. I love photography and finding those perfect angles. I also love gardening, but at the moment, Noobie the Wonder Dog owns the yard. Once I get him a nice kennel built, there will be banana trees, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry and an orange tree will take part of my yard. Another side will see tomatoes, peppers and eggplants while another side gets herbs. My previous work was cabinetry so also working on making my garage into a half-assed shop.
What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?
My cookbook. Despite the last name, I grew up Italian. My Grandmother’s kitchen was the happiest place in the world and I’ve got a slew of her old recipes. Now there are a million Italian cookbooks so mine has to be different. Mine will be in the wonderful world of sarcasm and attitude. I’ll explain not only how to make the dish, but how to use phrases like “mah vaffanculo” and “testa di cazzo”. Buy the book if you need to know what they mean.
"Fire At Dawn"
The specter of war arises. The evil Sage of Dagorath sends her army to destroy her foe. She has harbored a burning hatred for too long and it must be sated. But the King has allies. He must now call upon them and awaken a legend. Hellion, a burning mystery to the people of this world is called to battle. His mate Fire and the combined might of the Five Clans must become more than legend. They must become the immovable object that stands before the unstoppable force. They must prevail. Or their world will perish. The Sage however, has her weapons too. She knows the dark secret Hellion carries. She knows it can destroy his home and family. It can take away his one, true passion. As victory stands within the grasp of the Clans, high on a mountain above them, Hellion is broken and defeated. His only hope is with Fire and the small group that follow. But even she doesn’t know yet what lies hidden within her warrior. Around each bend, enemies await while the mountain itself moans in pain, trying to shake the evil that has it bound. But where does the true evil manifest…