My name is Eibhlin. It’s said “Eileen.” That’s the English pronunciation of my Irish name.
I describe myself as a cultivated creative. Those are the words that I choose to describe my style. (The phrase came from a book, Style Statement: Live by Your Own Design. I like it. The phrase and the book.)
The world seems to think I’m an author. And, well… yes, I guess I am.
I’ve written articles. (Credentials include everything from Romantic Times to Herbal Quarterly to Lady’s Circle, and a few hundred regrettable articles for WriteForCash.)
I’ve written books, usually related to history, and mostly under pen names. I’ll admit to Alice N. Palmer as a name where I’m testing different genres, to see what I like writing.
One of my first traditionally published books was about vintage fashions. I need to revise and update that, now that it’s out-of-print and the rights were returned to me.
In genre fiction, I’m sort of addicted to Regency England and Regency romances. In fact, I was working on a series for Warner Books, before they (abruptly) decided Regencies weren’t profitable enough.
But lately, Magical Realism is singing a siren song. It may be my next port of call, as a writer. (What is “Magical Realism”? Well, that’s a controversial topic. Some say it’s like Harry Potter books. Others say no, it’s more like Neil Gaiman. Or Ray Bradbury. I wish I could write even .001% as well.)
But, in general, I’m embarrassed by how many books I’ve started and abandoned.
Then there were the two how-to books are under my real name. * sigh *
They were written for convenience. People kept asking me the same questions, over & over. To answer them, it was simplest to throw together a couple of books. Now, they need major overhauls.
So that’s my story.
And, oh yes, we live close enough to Disney World to see fireworks every night that fireworks are scheduled. In Orlando, that’s not unusual. I kind of love this.
And – when the wind is blowing in our direction and Disney is open – we can hear the Magic Kingdom’s Main Street parades & performances, the train whistle, and the ferry horns. It’s truly magical.
(My mom was a freelance artist and worked on Disney-related projects. So I kind of grew up a “Disney kid.” Ask me anything about Walt Disney or Disneyland or Disney World, and I’ll go all starry-eyed and talk for hours.)
I’m happily married, have three wonderful children, and – in my spare time – I’m shamelessly addicted to TV shows about history, reality shows that include romance, and baking chocolate chip cookies. (My husband says he could have married me just for those.)
It’s a good life. Sure, it’s also a quirky, unusual one, but it’s how my mother raised me, and how her father raised her.
I wouldn’t change anything about what got me to where I am today. Life isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty close.
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