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Eileen Kernaghan
My eight historical fantasy novels reflect my fascination with other times and places, from the prehistoric Indus Valley to Victorian England. Wild Talent: a Novel of the Supernatural, set in London and Paris 1888-1889, was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the... show more

My eight historical fantasy novels reflect my fascination with other times and places, from the prehistoric Indus Valley to Victorian England. Wild Talent: a Novel of the Supernatural, set in London and Paris 1888-1889, was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Madame Blavatsky, William Butler Yeats, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Alexandra David Neel all make guest appearances.My young adult fantasy The Snow Queen is a reworking of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale. It gives the story a feminist twist, and incorporates northern shamanism and some elements of the Finnish myth cycle, the Kalevala. The Snow Queen won an Aurora Award for the best English language Canadian novel, and was shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association's Children's Book of the Year award. It was followed in 2004 by The Alchemist's Daughter, an historical YA fantasy set in Elizabethan England. My adult fantasy Winter on the Plain of Ghosts: a novel of Mohenjo-daro, set in the prehistoric Indus Valley, is an homage to the fabulous cities of antiquity that have fascinated me since childhood.Forthcoming in March 2014: Sophie, in Shadow, set in India under the Raj, 1914 to 1916. What else? I've published fiction and poetry in a variety of magazines and anthologies, both mainstream and speculative, in the U.S. and Canada. I've been a member of a five-woman poetry group called Quintet, and in 1998 we published our first collection, Quintet: Themes and Variations. Some of those poems also appear in my speculative poetry collection Tales From the Holograph Woods (Wattle & Daub Books 2009). I conduct two long-established writing workshops in the Vancouver BC area, and for twelve years I ran a used bookstore with my husband Pat. We have three grown children and four grandchildren, and live in New Westminster B.C. (next door to Vancouver).
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Birth date: January 06
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spocksbro
spocksbro rated it 9 years ago
2.75 stars, rounded upSongs from the Drowned Lands is a collection of short stories about 5 people from the Grey Isles (Atlantis) and their responses to the imminent destruction of their land. The second book set in the world first encountered in Kernaghan's Journey to Aprilioth, review here), it's ...
spocksbro
spocksbro rated it 9 years ago
When I was around 13, I remember reading this book and being "wowed." I'm not sure why - I think part of it was the setting: a post-Diluvian (Atlantean) world, early Celtic Britain, Cretan civilization. At the time, I was becoming interested in the Matter of Britain, the Celts, Atlantis, Minoan Cret...
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