If you’ve ever read any of the books from my Valentine series or Valentine Apart, or if you like Aidan from Our Lady of Righteous Rage, you may have noticed a slight trend: I like my Irish characters. Aidan is Irish, and so are Barbara O’Riley, Allan Avery, Mac Avery and Kelly McCormick from Valentine. So, what is my obsession with the Emerald Isle?
A few years ago, I was asked to go to City Hall to look up some information on behalf of my grandfather. He was preparing to sell our family’s property in Barbados, and needed some information regarding the property’s original owners, my great-grandparents. What I found, made me pause. I learned, my great great grandmother, Jane Thompson, was born in Ireland. Trippy, right? I had always assumed my Caribbean family members were born in the Caribbean! I had always had a fondness for Ireland, but this made me love the country even more. This admiration slowly worked its way into my writing. On top of that, I watched Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, which made me take an interest in the Irish Mob (hence my creation of Valentine’s Kelly McCormick). Then there’s my crush on Colin Farrell, but that’s a whole ‘nother story….
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone!