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Ardmore and The Keepers of Eire event

I enjoyed my last night in Dublin at The Celt (the same place I was initiated with a bloke’s pint three years ago). Sorry, no such shenanigans this time, but there was another Grayson sighting.

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Together we enjoyed a wee pint and some craic (fun).
I left Dublin behind and headed to Ardmore and my book event at The Cliff House Hotel. I set up in their library. While I didn’t read from The Keepers of Eire, I did have a chance to chat with people about the book and my Celtic heritage. Several people bought the book, including one lovely couple from County Cork mere minutes after he proposed in front of St. Declan’s Well.

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Here is St. Declan’s Well. Can you find Grayson?

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I also presented a signed copy of the book to Linda for the Cliff House Hotel for all their hospitality.

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And finally, here are a couple of photos from sunset (around 9:45 p.m.) and moon rise (around 11:15 p.m.) from my room window at Duncrone B & B.

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July 13, 2014 · 9:21 am

My Writing Process: A Blog Tour

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Acknowledgement

G.KarlKumfert

G. Karl Kumfert

Thanks to G.Karl Kumfert for inviting me to participate in The Writing Process Blog Tour.

According to Karl’s website bio he is “an idealist technocrat with a passion for teens and storytelling”, but I know him also as a wickedly humorous, down-to-earth family man who works his magic for the California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch as our website guru and runs our social media group.

I encourage everyone to check out his website.

 

Four Questions About My Writing

1.  What am I working on?

The Keepers of Éire

The Keepers of Éire

I published my first novel in a series, The Keepers of Éire, in November of 2013 through my company, Dragon Wing Publishing. It is a NA/Adult contemporary dragon fantasy set it Ireland, with mystery and romance woven throughout. I’d like to think that if Anne McCaffrey ever had her dragons from The Dragonriders of Pern series ‘go between’ back to Earth, they would be the forefathers of my dragons.

I am currently setting up a book tour in Ireland for July 2014. I plan to return to the scene(s) of the crime, so to speak—travel to the various murder and other prominent locations in the novel.

In addition, I am researching and writing the second book in the series. This story takes place predominately in Scotland.

 

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

First, my stories are written for the New Adult and Adult market because as an avid reader, I felt there weren’t enough new fantasy stories that were written specifically for adults. Don’t take me the wrong way, I loved J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. I just wanted to immerse myself in themes and characters that were already adult in nature. I hope I captured different facets of the human condition and wove their stories into a fantasy setting, I myself wish was real.blue-dragon

Second, I write stories of magic and dragons that take place in modern day.

 

3. Why do I write what I do?

I love all things dragon. I’ve been fascinated with dragons since I was quite young. I have several favorites authors, including Anne McCaffrey and J.R.R.Tolkien because they seamlessly interweave the world they have created with characters I want to be my friends. For romance: So it makes sense that I’d write with these authors in mind.

About five years ago I wanted to learn more about my own heritage. I discovered Irish, Scottish, and Spanish from my father’s side and a bit of Irish, Scottish, and German from my mother’s side. I chose Ireland for the setting of my first novel because the plethora of myths about faeries and heroes lent itself more to the possibilities of actual dragons and magic existing in modern times. I had always had a burning desire to see the places of my ancestors. What better way than to research and write of these places? When I finally visited and

St. Declan's Well, Ardmore

St. Declan’s Well, Ardmore

traveled to many of the locations in The Keepers of Éire, I fell in love.

I so wanted to be a dragonrider. In writing The Keepers of Éire, my wish came true.

 

4. How does my writing process work?

First, I write the gist of my scenes in longhand because I have medical issues that prevent me from typing on the computer for any length of time. Then I transfer each scene to my MacBook Air via a voice recognition program, Dragon Dictate. I listen to my iPod when I write. I can block out everyone around me and let the rhythm of the music take me into my story.

When I write, I work for 3-4 hours and don’t check email. My writing time is used only for research, writing, and editing. I endeavor to write Monday through Friday; however, finding the best writing location is an obstacle for me. I must leave the house because of distractions and therefore must lug everything with me. I’m a blend between a pantser (someone who writes by the seat of their pants) and an outliner. Contrary to what my writer friends think, my outlines aren’t detailed, but they give me a guideline as to where the story is going next. Once in a while, my characters take over, and then I’ll let them tell their story until they run out of steam.

I outline, research, and put together what I call my “Bible” for each manuscript. The “Bible” binder contains all my research, along with my character profiles, scene locations, language, etc. Heavy. I’m looking into Scrivener for my second novel because it should do all the same things my “Bible” does, just on my computer.

I receive monthly feedback from my critique partners (the three friends you’ll meet below) and go from there. I learn from their constructive feedback, then draw the line at what I must keep for myself.

To find out more about me, check out my website, www.jordanbernal.com.

 

Next Week

Continuing on the blog hop are three friends of mine, let me introduce my SF/F critique partners.

Marlene Dotterer

Marlene Dotterer

Marlene Dotterer, author of The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder (Readers’ Choice Award Nominee for 2014), The Time Travel Journals: Bridgebuilder, Moon Over Donamorgh, and Worlds Apart, writes Science Fiction and Fantasy. Marlene and I share a fascination with Ireland.

 

 

 

 

Lani Longshore

Lani Longshore

Lani Longshore, along with her writing partner, Ann Anastasio, invented a new literary genre—quilting science fiction. Their debut novel, Death by Chenille, can be found as an e-book on Smashwords.com. The second in the series, When Chenille is Not Enough, was published as both e-book and hard copy in 2013.

 

 

Ed Miracle

Ed Miracle

Ed Miracle says he “writes as a means to explore the social and emotional impacts of certain ideas–specifically those with the power to transform our lives.” Ed’s first novel, Freemaker, is near completion. He has several of his short stories and personal narratives published in various anthologies, including his award-winning non-fiction story, “Submarine Dreams”.

 




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The Keepers of Éire – Ireland Book Promotion Tour

I have lined up my first book reading/signing event for my Ireland trip: The Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, County Waterford, Ireland on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Time and details to be announced soon.
I am very excited to read and sign at this lovely hotel, steps from St.Declan’s Well (the location of the first murder in The Keepers of Éire). Image

 

I have several scenes in the book set in the hotel (fictionalized, of course) and St. Declan’s Well and Oratory.
The Cliff House Hotel serves a fantastic dinner menu and I look forward to enjoying the stunning view of Ardmore Bay from the dining room. I can almost taste the salmon and purple-topped broccoli now. Yum.ImageImageImage

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St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Please check out the video of my poem and photographs entitled: Coming Home: To The Place Where I Belong

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Ireland-May 6

Today I toured St. Declan’s Oratory, the West Gable of Cathedral (contains carved figures depicting biblical stories), the Round Tower & Cathedral.

Then I needed to drive to the Cliff House Hotel car park and walk a path to St. Declan’s Well. In ‘The Keepers of Eire’, Conor and his dragon are murdered in front of the well.

I continued on to Cobh (pronounced Cove), where the Titanic made its last stop from Belfast before it struck an iceberg on Sunday 14 April 1912. The 100 year anniversary is closing in fast.

Driving ever westward, I finally arrived in Cork City only to proceed to get extremely lost and headed out of the city before I knew it. About 20 Km out, I was able to return to the city center and decided to pull into the Travelodge near Cork Airport. I’ll stay the night, then head out (hopefully in the right direction) for Blarney Castle & the Blarney Stone-I need the power of conferring eloquence.

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Driving in Ireland

Today is the day, I drove in Ireland. Not only did I drive on the wrong side of the road, with the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car, but the weather took a turn for the worse. I drove south into Waterford City, toured the Waterford Crystal Factory (saw actual pieces being blown and etched), then finally found my way to Ardmore (site of the first murder in ‘The Keepers of Eire’) and Duncrone B & B.

Dragon etched vase

Anyone want to buy it for me? Only 1,400 euro or about $2000.

Duncrone B & B  Ardmore – before the rains came

It takes some getting used to driving here. And the roundabouts-Waterford is loaded with them. I wanted to get a picture of the road signs for you to see, but I had to pay attention to where I needed to go while traveling at 60-100 Km/hr. Not an easy task. The street name signs are almost non-existent (even in Dublin this was the case), so I ended up lost a few times and having to backtrack. Needless to say, my terrible sense of direction just had me more confused. I should have added a GPS to the car rental, but they already soaked me when I added insurance (more than doubled the bill-phew). Anyway, I finally got to the B & B around 6pm.

The only place for dinner is the Cliff House Hotel (very expensive, but great food. I had the grilled organic chicken breast with purple-topped broccoli). Before I finished, a decent-sized rain and wind storm hit, making the land on the other side of the cove disappear into the low-lying clouds. I talked up the book with the hotel manager and he’s going to Tweet about it on their website. Cool, huh! Also, I may be able to sit for coffee with the village historian tomorrow. I’ll be touring St. Declan’s Well and Oratory and the round tower tomorrow as well.

I already have notes of things that will need minor revision in the book. Goal #1 of this trip is coming to fruition-authenticate places.

I think I’m going to be in for some nasty weather for the next few days. Several storms sweeping the south and west of Ireland.

I’m planning to head to Cork tomorrow afternoon. I’ll update again soon.

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