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Dan O’Mahony Dan O’Mahony <div class="ExternalClassA82C35FC093E4A799AD8F332A95E1542"><h2><a href="https://phoenix.overdrive.com/phoenix-phoenixpl/content/media/6065147" target="_blank"><em>​</em><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>The Fifth Cycle: A New Hero is Forged (Colin Caulfield and the Irish Gods #1)</em></span><em>​</em> </a>by Dan O'Mahony<br></h2><p><br>T<span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">he man known as Dan O’Mahony was born in a library where he was raised by a pack of wild fantasy novels that brought him up as if he was one of their own. In addition to being an author, he is also an educator, who enjoys sharing his love of reading and writing with his students.</span><br></p><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Q + A</span></h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">​</span></p><div><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What inspired you to write this book? </span>  </h4><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">This book was inspired by my love of my Irish culture. Most people are unfamiliar with the length and breadth of Irish myth and folklore. I hope to change that. In future books, I also plan on introducing readers to key figures and moments of Irish history as well as pay my respect to the many great Irish writers who have come before me.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p><p><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"></span></p><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What attracted you to this genre? </span> <br></h4><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I have always loved the fantasy genre. It is the ultimate escape. It is also the home of dreamers and outsiders who may not feel at home in the “real world” but know they are in fact heroes destined for great things.</span> <br></p><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I enjoy writing for a younger audience, because I remember, growing up, how much reading meant to me and how many great books have had a personal impact on me. I hope to “pay it forward.”</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p><p><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"></span></p><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What book are you currently reading?</span> </h4><p>I am currently enjoying Terry Pratchett’s <em>Tiffany Aching</em> series of middle grade books.<span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Are you writing anything now? If so, when will it come out? </span> </h4><p>I plan on releasing two books in the fall. The first one, <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Illumina</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, is a middle grade fantasy book that is about the healing power of the craft of writing. </span> <br></p><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">The next one, </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Death’s Fair Maiden</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, is my first attempt at a young adult book. It is a fantasy romance that I have nicknamed “Boy meets Banshee.”</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> <br></span></p><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">If you weren't a writer, what would you do? </span> </h4><p>Honestly, I don’t know. Writing is my calling. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.<span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div class="SCXW142237348 BCX8" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Do you use your local library?  If so, which library is it and what do you do there?</span> </h4><p>I enjoy visiting <a href="/locations/ironwood" target="_blank">Ironwood Library</a>. I’ll check out the “competition” and cruise the stacks for some old favorites. Sometimes, I’ll bring my iPad and write – allowing myself to be inspired by all that great literature that surrounds me.<span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p><div><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"></span></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW142237348 BCX8" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW142237348 BCX8" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;white-space:pre-wrap;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><br></p></div></div></div>

 

 

 

 

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