Fiery Arrow Excerpt…Chapter 1

CHAPTER 1 Fotharit, Leinster, Éire, 5th Century: I crept around the corner and leaned against the rough thatch wall. Damp mists disguised any shadow I might have cast as I hid in the crevice created by the opened oak door and outer wall of our house. Maithghean, the chief druid, and my father, Dubhtach, spoke in hushed tones. Their conversation was about me. I…

Interview with Andrew Gifford, Santa Fe Writers Project

Interview with Andrew Gifford, Santa Fe Writers Project.

Greetings from the Bird Room

I’m happy to say that I’ve talked to everyone staying here now at the Weymouth house (maybe, unless there is someone in hiding. And that’s entirely possible). I’m here with two other novelists and a playwright. It’s interesting to see the different patterns of how people write. For the most part, I write in bed. Pillows propped up behind me. Coffee and water on…

I Don’t Have to Talk to Anyone and Other Reasons I Like Residencies

We share a wing in author James Boyd’s house, part of the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities. Four or five writers are here now. I’m not sure of the numbers because few of us leave our rooms, except for occasional necessities. Every once in a while, two or more folks end up in the kitchen at the same time. They chat for…