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The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1)
Author: Laura Howard
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Synopsis:Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.
What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.
Do you remember how/when your interest in writing started?I can’t pinpoint a time when I started being interested in writing, it is something I’ve always enjoyed. I can say that the first thoughts of actually publishing a book came to me after my son was born in 2010. I’d written the first half of The Forgotten Ones and I wanted so badly for other people to read it. When self-publishing became trendy in 2011 I started actually believing it was a real possibility.
What were the challenges (research, psychological, and logistical) in bringing this series or characters to life?I did a LOT of research for this novel. I read dozens of Irish folktales and books on Celtic mythology. I loved every minute of it, too. To learn more about the symptoms of schizophrenia, I watched some pretty disturbing videos on YouTube about the condition.
What was the easiest part of writing The Forgotten Ones?My favorite scenes to write were the banter scenes between Allison and Ethan. I laughed out loud at a lot of the things I imagined Ethan saying to Allison. I hope other people find him as irresistible as Allison and I do.
What is your favorite scene or was your favorite to write? Don’t forget to tell us why.I felt like I was able to really spread my wings when Allison entered Tir na n’Og, aka Faerie. In my mind it is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. I think of it as being so full of vibrance that it’s nearly too much for a human mind to process. When I wrote the scenes and described the land, I envisioned Allison as being intoxicated with it’s beauty.
What’s next for you writing wise that you can share with us?I’m working on two projects right now. The one that is demanding the most attention is a Contemporary Romance called Belong to Me. It’s the first book in a duet about two sisters who are dealing with the loss of their brother in their own very different ways.
Book Two in The Danaan Trilogy is tentatively being called Stone of Destiny. I’ve been doing a lot of planning and daydreaming about this. Lots of outlines and flow charts exist for this book. It is going to be epic, that’s all I’m going to say on that front.
Author BioLaura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.
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