Muse Wednesday — Jeanne Barrack

This special Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, I am happy to have Jeanne Barrack as my guest blogger.  Jeanne is one of the authors I chose to write books in my shared world concept, the Terran Realm.  So, I am very happy to have her here during this special time of the year.  And Liquid Silver Books having republished all six books in the Terran Realm in one bundle is also celebrating the holiday with a special sale — from November 19-30, the Terran Realm Anthology, consisting of six complete novels, is on sale for $7.50 (normal retail is $24.99). So, if you would like to read about the Terran Realm inhabitants from Book 1 through Book 6, click on the book cover and visit Liquid Silver Books to buy this special collection at a special price.
Now, let’s see what has inspired Jeanne to write her wonderful paranormal romances:

Musings and Myths

When I was a little girl I read everything. I mean, everything. My parents gave their permission for the library to allow me to check books out from the adult section of the library and I was like a – you should excuse the expression – kid in a candy store. What caught my fancy the most, however, were fairytales, especially Irish fairytales. So it was that at a tender age I fell in love with Irish stories, poems and music and this colored not only my writing and my musical life, but my life in general.

The first major collection of Irish fairytales I read was collected by William Butler Yeats, “Irish Fairy and Folktales of the Irish Peasantry”. Over eighty tales ranging from gods and goddesses to leprachauns and banshees and merrow (merfolk) and the pooka. And of course, Tir-nan-Og – the land of everlasting youth. The stories ran from the scary to the romantic; from satirical to sacred; from short to long. I devoured them. And read even more including the wondrous poetry that Irish authors of the late 19th and early 20th century created. And the songs – the Gaelic songs in particular. I loved and love them all.

And every one of my stories, even those not overtly Irish, has some Irish connection albeit only in a character name or the name of a place or object.

All of my books at Liquid Silver are inspired by Irish myths, fairytales or music. “A Song of the Sidhe” grew out of a Gaelic song about a hunchback named Donal who hears fairies in the woods singing the same phrase over and over. He completes the phrase and, in gratitude, they take away his hump. Well, it was a bit more complicated and quite a bit more sexy in my story, but the initial impetus was the same. It remains one of my favorite stories.

My other LSB books, “The Shimmering Flame” and “A Perfect Symmetry” are set in the world of the Terran Realm, along with works by LSB authors, Keira Ramsey, Bonnie Dee and Rae Morgan. The inhabitants of the Terran Realm jump-started my contribution of Irish Terrans and their stories and powers are off-shoots of Celtic gods and goddesses. Even the land of Tir-nan-Og appears in my take on the Terran Realm. The Terran Realm is such a vast and rich world, there was room for my Celtic loves and “The Shimmering Flame” and “A Perfect Symmetry” take place in both Ireland and the US.

If you’d like to read the stories of the Terran Realm, LSB is having a fantastic sale. The collected seven books for only $7.50!

Will I always write stories with an “Irish accent”? As long as there are more tales to tell…

BIO:

I’m a native New Yorker, born and bred in Brooklyn, married for forty-odd years to my high school sweetheart. We’ve had some rough times the last couple of years, so I’m happy to say my day job consists of relaxing with my hubby and volunteering at the library and the local food bank.

I play guitar and sing professionally folk music to Grand Opera in ten languages including Gaelic and Hebrew. My love of all things Irish and Israeli color much of my writing of other worldly realms.

Visit Jeanne Here.

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~ by Monette Michaels on November 21, 2012.

3 Responses to “Muse Wednesday — Jeanne Barrack”

  1. Wow! I really enjoyed reading Muse Wednesday’s blog. Jeanne Barrack bio is a wonder. She’s great.

  2. Thanks, Jeanne, for visiting today. Like you, I love myths, fairy tales, and folklore. Hugs and keep writing.

  3. Thanks so much for having me, Moni. I lvoed visiting!

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