You’re in the right place: Here, Friends of IrishFirebrands can explore the adventure of stepping through a portal into the Parallel Universe of writing fiction….
Back in mid-February 2009 I awoke with a snippet of dialogue in my head. When I enquired of the Muse as to where this conversation had taken place, I was stunned to receive the answer, “Ireland.” At the time, what I knew about Ireland could have been written on the back of a postage stamp—and a small one, at that. St Patrick and the snakes. The Potato Famine. Vague childhood memories of televised news stories about internecine warfare. And that Margaret Mitchell’s fictional character Gerald O’Hara had named his ante-bellum Georgia plantation “Tara,” after some place in “County Meath”—wherever the heck that was.
So, I started out by scribbling with a number 2 pencil every impression that came to mind. After about six…
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