STORY OF GARY O'BRIEN AUTHOR
A Life in Words
I've always been passionate about writing and storytelling. From a very young age, I immersed myself in the works of Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien and Terry Pratchett to name just a few. They took me away into fantastic worlds where anything was possible. It was totally infectious and I caught the bug. I wrote my first full-length novel aged 19. I never published it. I didn't have the belief or courage.
Faith / Destiny (if you believe in those kinds of things, I do.) led me in 2020 to a Facebook page called "How To Write A Kids Book Mastermind Group"
The founder of this page Mr Ray Ronan took a group of us through the process of the idea, illustrations and self-publishing and by November I had published my first children's book, "Danger in the Lightning Sands".
DANGER IN THE LIGHTNING SANDS
Princess Lucy is no ordinary princess. Her kingdom is filled with Elves.
Her plans for the summer carnival are thrown into chaos, when her favourite Unicorn, Adora goes missing. She must call on her closest elven friends to help her find Adora, but even Elves don’t always get along.
They must forget their differences to find and save Adora. Will they?
THE CORIDWEN RUBY
It's a very BIG day for Dana Idesan, she is turning 250 years old (Elven Years). That's more like twelve to you and me.
In the land of Allaria, it is customary as an elf reaches their 250th Bloomday, They must set out on a quest to find a rare gem. This gem, called the Coridwen Ruby appears only once a year at the same time in one of three places and only remains for one day.
This Ruby is of great importance to the Elves as its power helps to protect their village of Ninor for the coming year.
This year that Honour/Task falls to Dana. What Terrors will she have to face along the way? Will her concern that her friends seem to have forgotten her bloomday distract her from this really important task?