Recently, while working on Forever Changed (Book 4), I was reminded by one of the new characters to the series how I discovered the title for Finding Tir Na Nog (Book 1) and why it’s central to the story. Several years ago, at a time when I had a general idea for the series but had only outlined chapters, I had also been on a quest to find my dream home—a house that oozed with history, story, magic, and intrigue. As fate would have it, my quest to find that home revealed the title for my first book. While on a sunny Sunday drive, there it was! A remarkable turn-of-the-century, red-brick, waterfront mansion. It was an estate to behold! Certainly out of my price range ... but I reasoned that dreamers must dream. It is, after all, those very audacious dreams that fuel the greatest creative works!
I drove past the property several times to view it from every possible angle without invading the owners’ privacy or attracting any suspicion. Slowing down to get one last look at the impressive edifice, I happened to look at a sign inscribed on the entrance gate to the manor house which read: Welcome to Tir Na Nog. I had no idea what "Tir Na Nog" meant but in the instant I read the sign, I knew it was a sign and that the phrase was essential to the Stelladaur story. I soon discovered that Tir Na Nog is a name for the Celtic Otherworld, a place of endless youth, beauty, and joy. Irish mythology tells the love story of Oisin and Niamh in the land of Tir Na Nog. The entire Stelladaur series revolves around Reilly’s quest to find Tir Na Nog—the place where he believes someone he loves has gone after suffering a tragic death—and to win the heart of the girl who carries with her the essence of Tir Na Nog.
Here is a link to a lovely music video by Celtic Woman singing a song titled, Tir Na Nog.
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