I grew up in the rural mountains of Northern California where my mother gardened and my father played the bagpipes, as well as spending long hours in the theater where my parents were a dancer and an actor. This undoubtedly led to my overactive imagination and love for nature. I currently live in San Diego with my husband, two children, and three dogs. I used to teach kindergarten at a public Waldorf charter school in which I told many fairy tales to the children, and made up stories in my spare time. Now I am a Story Circle Leader and guiding parents in homeschooling at a Waldorf school. Connect with me on Facebook @wildrosestories and Instagram @wildrosestoriesandcircles.
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slàinte mhath Scottish Gaelic for "good health"
Praise for The Eternity Knot
"I really love all the 'teaching moments' of the plot. I hope it helps indoctrinate a new generation to living in harmony with the earth." ~Ann, Beta Reader
"Loving all the stories ppl are telling around the world. I love the imagery you created with Gaia."
~Lily, Beta Reader
"I couldn't put (The Faerie Knot) down, it was great! I'm so excited for the next one! I enjoyed reading about all the new realms they explore,...I absolutely loved your descriptions in this book." ~Emi, Beta Reader
"Your writing has become richer and, while still YA, (The Faerie Knot) is more interesting to this reader of adult fiction." ~Ann, Beta Reader
"This was a really great sequel. (The Witch's Knot) flows so well with the first one while still being its own story. It was such a beautiful and emotional story, while also focusing on darker aspects and character development."
~Emilia Bell, age 19
"Super enjoyed the pages in Avalon! Awesome ending! Love how you are weaving threads of lots of traditions and stories and legends together. Thank you for letting me read (The Witch's Knot)."
~Lily Bhavani Aquarian, Midwife and Ancestral Priestess of Avalon
"I just read (The Trinity Knot) and really enjoyed it. I'm giving a copy to my 9 year old granddaughter so she can enjoy it too. I loved the insider's knowledge of California, as well as the wonderful descriptions. Tolkeinesque." ~Michelle, Amazon Customer
"(The Trinity Knot) was such a pleasure to read! I was instantly drawn into the lives of the characters and was constantly surprised by the twists and turns the story took. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series! This is a great book to share with all of the young adults in your life (once you are finished with it)!
"Thoroughly enjoyed (The Trinity Knot). Being of Irish desent, reading about magic alive in this time was so sweet. Looking forward to more from this author."
~Cheytah7, Amazon Customer
The Celtic Magic series is a unique tale connecting modern day California to the Scotland of centuries ago. Join Mairi during a life-changing year in this eco-heroine's journey, following the Celtic wheel of pagan holidays through the seasons.
First, in The Trinity Knot, 15-year-old Mairi and her younger brother Jamie are forced to spend the summer with their estranged grandfather in the rural mountains of Northern California after the sudden death of their father. Expecting to be miserable, Mairi is instead drawn into a world of magic straight out of the Celtic Fairy Tales from her childhood. Facing faerie curses and vengeful druids, a trip back in time to ancient Scotland threatens to become even more dangerous than anticipated when their cousin, Danny unexpectedly shows up with his own agenda, and time is running out to reverse the curse a faerie has put on their family. Life wasn't ever going to be the same without her father, but Mairi never imagined she was actually part of a magical legacy.
Then, in The Witch's Knot, Mairi learns there is a darker side to the Fae Folk and humans alike. As Autumn deepens, Mairi enters the Faerie Realm along with her cousin Anne, her brother Jamie, and a mysterious spirit cat named KA, in search of the humans kept captive by the faeries. On their journey, they encounter changelings, giants, and bloodthirsty fae while battling accusations of "witch", all while they are shadowed by the druid Ewan MacDonald seeking revenge. Autumn is a darker time for everyone, and Mairi has only one agenda; to prove her dad never died.
Continuing in The Faerie Knot, Mairi's world again turns upside down when she's kidnapped by Cailleach Bheur. Before the Queen of the Unseelie (Dark) Fae decides to declare war on humans, Mairi must learn to control her magic in time to help or possibly lose herself in a downward spiral into self-destruction.
Mairi has been shown the future and knows humans must change their ways. Continuing on their path of disconnect with Nature will cause the destruction of human life. Tasked by the Seelie Fae to save the human world, Mairi and friends seek out ancient wisdom in the stories of old. The Queen of the Unseelie Fae decides humans have to prove themselves worthy of the Earthly Realm, or die trying. Dark magic makes Mairi push harder to find the answers she needs, but the Undersea Faerie Queen is weighing in and Mairi is uncertain whose side she is on. When young people representing cultures from all of the continents share their knowledge, Mairi finally feels the seeds of hope. Deadly faerie magic is working against humanity, but humans and faeries are working together like never before. As humans begin seeing the earth through ancient views, they are waking up to their dormant powers. Now Mairi must put all the pieces together before time runs out for human life on Earth, and for once she's starting to feel worthy of the task. Join Mairi and friends in this exciting conclusion to the Celtic Magic series.
Join Mairi and family on a journey through the Celtic Year, as they learn the deeper meaning in Celtic Fairy Tales and modern day magic. Follow them through time as they meet druids, witches, and faeries of Light and Dark, and find out what role ancient stories and traditions can play in saving the Earth from imminent destruction. The series will reach its conclusion in book 4, The Eternity Knot as they learn to look to the old stories to save the world.
In which I talk to Dionne Thomson on Hot Mess to Awesomeness about my childhood being raised by back-to-the-land artists in the Heart of the Emerald Triangle (aka Humboldt Marijuana) my novels, and my love for storytelling.