However peculiar Ennis Whelan has been for the first six years of his life, not until the day he found the bird, did the degree of his strangeness become so tangible.
Dr. Owen Whelan and his wife Sarah, both Irish immigrants, have been living the American dream, as well as raising seven bright and expressive children. Their youngest Ennis, however, has since birth, been a bit of a mystery.
Ennis was always small, meek and frightfully odd but there is so much more to him than anyone could have imagined. His sister Teagan grows increasingly suspicious of his behavior but their mother dismisses her claims, until the day he starts healing people.
When Ennis ultimately reveals the gift of sight, he questions his father about visions of his past, including his voyage to America in 1844. Owen prayed he’d never have to share those tragic memories but he will share them, when he realizes he has no choice. Ennis’ life may depend on it.
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When Owen Whelan revealed his secret, he was set free from a haunting past and an uncertain future for his son, Ennis. However, in order to know the true depths of his heart, first we must follow him all the way back to a dirt road on a chilly and bitter spring dawn in Ireland. Behind the locked doors of his memories and hidden beneath shame, hunger and eventually escape, we learn the true meaning of the proverb, “There’s hope from the ocean but none from the grave.” Owen’s journey will teach him that sometimes you have to cross that ocean not only to survive but to finally find love, life and become the man worthy of your own admiration and respect.
There are turning points in life you cannot come back from but if you’re brave enough, you can begin again.
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I was born on Valentine’s Day a long, long time ago in South Baltimore, Maryland, less than a mile from Fort McHenry and Federal Hill. I’m the youngest of eleven children. I’m a very simple person. I love my life and am always striving to make it better for myself and my family. I write, I draw and I work full-time. I also paint beautiful watercolors with my three year old granddaughter.
I’ve been married for nearly 19 years and together we have two sons and a daughter. I’d call myself a football fan but I mostly only watch my home team, the World Champion Baltimore Ravens. I love super heroes and Superman has been my favorite since I was a little girl. June 2013 the new Superman movie “Man of Steel” arrives in theaters and it cannot get here soon enough for me. I love cats and I have a Maine Coon named Columbus.
1. How did you come with the idea for your current story?
As much as I wanted to follow the characters in “Fireflies” into the future, the story before the story pulled at me. There was a history there that I needed to find out first. I am however planning some novellas for what happened after “Fireflies,” as long as the interest is there.
2. What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
I love the scene where Patrick finally comes to terms with the truth of why he feels the way he does and why he can no longer go on under his present circumstances. I believe on some level, we’ve all hit that wall where we have to decide to tear it down or find another way around it; it’s basically about hitting bottom.
3. What is the highest goal that you desire to meet as an author?
My goal is of course to have a diverse and interesting body of work that appeals to as many readers as possible. My intimate goal is to be able to provide my readers with quality stories they can’t forget. Stories they want to return to again and again.
4. What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Read—a lot! Read everything that interests you and then just go for it. Everyone is different in style and we each have our own voice but we all know a good or great story when we find one. Be original.
5. What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
When I do have down time these days to read, which isn’t often and I sometimes find myself reading on my iphone, I love historical fiction and either fantasy histfic or paranormal histfic. Right now I am half way through the first “Outlander” book and about the same distance into “A Storm of Swords.” I’ll get there eventually! I’m also going to load up on my fellow GMTA author’s books for vacation time this summer!
6. How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
I know this may sound unbelievable but my free time is when I sleep. To relax, I write or read. My “down” time is my family. I have three beautiful granddaughters who I adore and love to spend time with. I also enjoy any historical fiction movies and TV as well as a little horror mixed in just for fun!
7. What do you have in store next for your readers?
I am currently working on a series about some feisty, no holds barred women pirates. I’m half way through the first installment and it’s flowing so quickly I can barely keep up with the writing so I’ve had to keep a lot of notes and go back and fill in the details. I love it when characters are so fun and loud that they badger me constantly to write them! My other novel (also half way finished) is about an artist who is haunted by what she believes is another life in another dimension.
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