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People often ask me why I write about 17th century Ireland. It’s a legitimate question. I live in the United States, and we have some fascinating history of our own to write about. But it’s my own personal history that has lodged Ireland deeply in my heart.
My father so loved his Irish heritage, he celebrated it thoroughly and made sure my sisters and me knew every song, saw every movie, and marched in the parade. We visited when I was 14 years old and I climbed every castle, sat in the throne at Dublin castle, and got drunk and sick on mead. In the summer of my sophomore year in college, my father sent me to a summer study course at Trinity College. There I learned so much, and made an unforgettable lifelong friend who helps and guides me in my historical research.
And, as one who loves to read historical fiction, I found my most natural connection with the 17th century, a time of sweeping change for Ireland, often of the most terrible and dramatic sort. It’s an era most people don’t know much about, and so I hope my work will enlighten a few more about the importance of that tempestuous century and the influence it still has on today.
I have also studied monarchs from ancient Egypt through Tudor and Stuart dynasties, and on to the Victorian Era, to discover the methods they used to define themselves to their subjects. They were the forerunners of personal branding and the tactics corporations and marketers use today to build an audience or customer base. This work resulted in my personal branding handbook, Brand Yourself Royally in 8 Simple Steps, and ultimately a 2-hour historical seminar and a 3-hour branding workshop.
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