Date Published: October 23, 2015
Valentia is a privileged young woman from a wealthy farming family in 19th century Ohio. Her grandmother had been a storyteller, weaving tales of romance and adventure from her native Ireland, and told her granddaughter of a special family heirloom – a brooch that had been left behind with her family. Valentia decides that she must find her grandmother’s long-lost family, as well as the brooch. She has disturbing dreams featuring the brooch and sees strange lights whenever she looks at the drawing.
As she travels with her brother (Conor), his valet (Brendan) and her ladies’ maid (Maggie) through Pittsburgh and New York, Valentia’s eyes take in the wide world.
In Ireland, crippled by chronic illness, she learns about the Irish famine from some local activists. She becomes intrigued with the movement, and vows to help in what ways she can. She befriends Siobhan and Aiden, siblings. Siobhan shows her a stone circle, and she has a mystical experience.
When she has recovered, she travels north to Donegal. When she finally does find the town her grandmother came from, she is confronted with an imperious great-aunt (Eithne) and a rather bumbling cousin who falls in love with her.
The cousin (Donal) starts to court her, and after some time, Donal proposes to her, but she turns him down, determined to finish her quest first. The parting upsets them both.
Chasing rumors of her other great-aunt (Esme), she travels south. Valentia finally finds Esme in Kenmare, and the brooch, which has hidden powers
After finding Valentia’s power, Esme begins to succumb to her own illness. Valentia tries to heal it, but at a great cost.
Valentia had hoped to settle in Kenmare, at Esme’s house, but she is driven out and travels back to Donegal, stopping to the asylum where Donal is held, but is unable to heal him. Eithne has died, so Valentia takes over the estate, healing local people where she can, discreetly.
#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
I do, but as a slow burn building career. I would love to write the rest of my life, but I also work as an accountant, which pays many more bills for the moment. Will that change in the future? I can but hope!
#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
Editing, absolutely. The first draft is a delightful part – writing flows out of my fingertips, and it’s like flying in a sunset cloud. But the editing process is like a scene out of a horror film where an angry clown is doing dental work on you. I’m horrible at seeing my own mistakes.
#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
My publisher, Kemberlee at Tirgearr Publishing has been an enormous help and mentor. She has taken the time to walk me through the process on my first publications, my travel guides to Ireland and Scotland. I’ve learned a fantastic amount from her, and am eternally grateful for her help.
#4 – What is next for your writing?
I have already written the first drafts of the two prequels for this novel, Legacy of Truth and Legacy of Luck. I’m working on editing those and revising them based on feedback from my beta readers. I’ve just finished another first draft for an unrelated historical fantasy, Call of the Morrigan. And I’ve got an idea percolating in my head for the next book, a novelization of the Irish myth, The Children of Lir.
#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
Of course! I have loved reading since before I was supposed to have learned it. My first grade teacher got mad at me for reading at too high a level from the rest of the class. Right now I’m getting through the Harry Dresden novels, as I came to that party rather late.
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In 1846, Ireland was in the throes of a terrible potato blight. People were dying. But Valentia, traveling from Pittsburgh, didn’t know that.
This or That?
#1 - iPd or Mp3? Neither – I use my iPhone for both!
#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? French Fries
#4 – Comedy or Drama? Comedy
#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Nicholas Sparks
#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Fantasy
#7 – Call or Text? Text!
#8 – Public School or Home School? Home School
#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate
My name is Christy Nicholas, also known as Green Dragon. I do many things, including digital art, beaded jewelry, writing and photography. In real life I'm a CPA, but having grown up with art and around me (my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are/were all artists), it sort of infected me, as it were. I love to draw and to create things. It's more of an obsession than a hobby. I like looking up into the sky and seeing a beautiful sunset, or a fragrant blossom, a dramatic seaside. I then wish to take a picture or create a piece of jewelry to share this serenity, this joy, this beauty with others. Sometimes this sharing requires explanation – and thus I write. Combine this love of beauty with a bit of financial sense and you get an art business. I do local art and craft shows, as well as sending my art to various science fiction conventions throughout the country and abroad.
I live in Warfordsburg, PA with my husband, Jason, my cat, Spot, my dog, Dax, and two sugar gliders named Arya and Sansa.
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