Book Title: The Curse of Conchobar―A Prequel to the Adirondack Spirit Series
Series: The Adirondack Spirit Series
Author: David Fitz-Gerald
Publication Date: 20th January 2021
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Page Length: 171 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
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Banished by one tribe. Condemned by another. Will an outcast’s supernatural strengths be enough to keep him alive?
549 AD. Raised by monks, Conchobar is committed to a life of obedience and peace. But when his fishing vessel is blown off-course, the young man’s relief over surviving the sea’s storms is swamped by the terrors of harsh new shores. And after capture by violent natives puts him at death’s door, he’s stunned when he develops strange telepathic abilities.
Learning his new family’s language through the mind of his mentor, Conchobar soon falls for the war chief’s ferocious daughter. But when she trains him to follow in her path as a fighter, he’s horrified when his uncanny misfortune twists reality, causing more disastrous deaths and making him a pariah.
Can Conchobar defeat the darkness painting his steps with blood?
The Curse of Conchobar is the richly detailed prequel to the mystical Adirondack Spirit Series of historical fiction. If you like inspiring heroes, unsettling powers, and lasting legacies, then you’ll love David Fitz-Gerald’s captivating tale.
Buy The Curse of Conchobar to break free from the fates today!
by David Fitz-Gerald
I like to write fiction that is grounded in history and soars with the spirits. I use that phrase like a mission statement. My Adirondack Spirit Series is an epic, multi-generational family saga. Each book stands alone. What they have in common are ancestry, the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, natural history, and supernatural tendencies that just seem to run in the family. The common ancestry includes the Native American people that inhabited New York state before colonization.
When I finished writing Wanders Far, I immediately began writing a book with the same characters, set a few years later. About twenty thousand words into that project, I found I was more drawn to the backstory, so I set that project aside. The backstory was one of an ancient ancestor who left a legacy in stone. When I finished writing She Sees Ghosts, I returned to the story I left behind. I felt a compulsion to breathe life into this ancient mason.
The Curse of Conchobar is part of the Adirondack Spirit Series, but despite its supernatural elements, this book is, first and foremost, a work of historical fiction. I took an elective class called The Novel as History when I was in high school, a long time ago. I loved that class, and I think it was my only “A” that year. Many years later, that inspiration has become a passion for writing historical fiction.
Maybe I’m gullible or highly open to suggestion. If there is a case to be made, I’m likely to believe. I am happy to entertain the possibilities, whether it’s the Loch Ness Monster, aliens, Bigfoot, portals, ESP, or ghosts. In The Curse of Conchobar, you’ll find a character that discovers he possesses a myriad of uncanny abilities. This book is linked to its series mates by notions of reincarnation.
I find that the older I get, the more I believe in the possibility of supernatural phenomena. Perhaps it stems back to the belief that I saw a ghost―the ghost of my grandfather. He visited me in the 1980s, and I haven’t stopped thinking about that encounter after all of these years. It was just a moment. I don’t think he was expecting me to be in his study. It was a very peaceful visitation, yet it scared me to the core. I’m still not sure I’m open to being visited by spirits now, but I am always intrigued by supernatural and paranormal possibilities. Who says these concepts can’t stand alongside proven historical facts?
Some years ago, I read the book, Flipside: A Tourist’s Guide on How to Navigate the Afterlife, by Richard Martini. The inspiration behind what happens to the characters in my books after they die, comes from this book. I chose to make my character a mason, inspired by the world’s enduring megalithic structures and earthworks, and I think those symbolize that same sort of timelessness.
The Curse of Conchobar is the story of a young orphan, raised by monks at Skellig Michael off the coast of Ireland. One morning he paddled a small boat into the ocean to go fishing when a sudden storm blew him out to sea. It is a miracle that he survived and washed ashore in a distant land, near the mouth of The Hudson River. What happens next is the opening scene in my book.
I love it when I’m working on a story. Usually, the inspiration for characters and storylines comes to me as I’m lying awake, getting ready to fall asleep. I often email myself, so I won’t forget when I wake up. As a writer, I always like to have a story percolating in my head. I think readers feel the same way. We always want to have a book that we’re in the process of reading.
This book is my first attempt to write in the first person, and in the present tense. Now I’m hooked. I have never felt closer to a character or the action of the story in my imagination.
What inspires me most as a writer is the hope of creating something that readers will love. When someone told me that I was her favorite author, I was blown away. Did you ever read a book that you couldn’t get off of your mind, even months after you were done reading it? I want to write books like that.
I think a lot of people rediscovered reading as a cherished pastime activity during the pandemic. As life returns to “normal,” and people recommence their regular activities, I hope they will also continue to enjoy getting lost in fiction. When I think of all the books that have inspired me, it is hard to imagine what I would have missed if I hadn’t read them.
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David Fitz-Gerald writes fiction that is grounded in history and soars with the spirits. Dave enjoys getting lost in the settings he imagines and spending time with the characters he creates. Writing historical fiction is like making paintings of the past. He loves to weave fact and fiction together, stirring in action, adventure, romance, and a heavy dose of the supernatural with the hope of transporting the reader to another time and place. He is an Adirondack 46-er, which means he has hiked all of the highest peaks in New York State, so it should not be surprising when Dave attempts to glorify hikers as swashbuckling superheroes in his writing.
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