After 1,420 years in the grave, St. Columba has had a glorious resurgence this past month. In case you missed the news, featured in many news outlets in the U.K., the location of Columba’s writing hut on the island of Iona may have been found. A team led by archaeologists Drs. Ewan Campbell and Adrián Maldonado…
Dear Friends. Here’s the cover of the new Polish translation of “The Chronicles of Iona: Exile”. I love it! The long sword, the medieval abbey of Iona, the antique map underlay–it definitely sets the scene. If you have a moment, please visit the Facebook page at Wydawnictwokropla and give it a like!
Great news! “Exile” is set to be published in Poland this week! I’m very honored and am delighted to be working with so many talented new friends in Poland. Watch this space for more information!
You know what I love about what I do? One of the things, in any case? (Because there are many!) The research trips. I sit here in my study, pulling together what I know about the 6th century so that I can imagine how my characters might have felt and thought and acted. Columba of Iona and Aedan mac…
The Chronicles of Iona:
Many thanks to Donna Quinn of the Donegal Library Services for letting me know that “The Chronicles of Iona: Exile” was the most read book in Donegal Libraries in 2013. It edged out J.K. Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy”, Maeve Binchy’s “A Week in Winter”, both “Wolf Hall” and “Bringing up the Bodies” by my favorite…
Friends: Very excited to be interviewed this morning by DJ NV from Slam101fm.com in Barbados! (You can hear a live podcast at the link above at 11.a.m. EST.) We’ll be talking about my novel, “The Chronicles of Iona: Exile”.
I love Barbados. It will actually feature in another historical-fiction series I’m working on.
Lots of other news in the works as well, which I’ll blog about when I get a minute: Book 3 is coming along nicely, there’s a screenplay of Book 1 underway, and I’m moving to Belgium!
Friends! If you’re in Maine this week, come check out the Saltwater Music Festival 2013 at Thomas Point Beach, Brunswick. It’s a two-day event (July 20 and 21) showcasing the best in Celtic music. I’ll be in the literary tent as their 2013 Writer-in-Residence. There are a host of wonderful satellite events leading up to the…
Exile, the first book in my series The Chronicles of Iona, has won Silver Prize in ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards in the category of historical fiction. For the other winners, see: ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards 2012.