Featured Author: Cornelia Amiri

Cornelia Amiri draws on her love of history and seventeen years of research on the ancient Celts, to write tales of long swords, hot
heroes, and warrior women. Ms. Amiri is the author of five Celtic/Romance novels with Awe-Struck e-books: Druid Quest, The Fox Prince, The Vixen Princess, Danger Is Sweet, and One Heart One Way, A Celtic/Paranormal/Comedy/Romance with Eternal Press. A Fine Cauldron of Fish. And a short story, “Dead End Job”, in the A Death In Texas
Anthology and the short story, “Vampire Dancer”, in Sleeping With The
both published by L & L Dreampsell. She lives in Houston,
Texas with her wonderful son.

Druid Quest
Druid Quest:
Relive the magic, myth, and adventure of ancient Britannia as two druids fight for their lives, their faith, and their love.

A Fine Cauldron of Fish:
It’s summer on the Isle of Man and Andrew is looking for hot girls and good times. So when he meets the dreamy and seductive
Margaid, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot. There are only a couple of minor problems: Margaid lives in a cave under the sea, is invisible,
and thinks that only Andrew’s blood can save her from turning into a kelpie! But hey, whoever said love was perfect!?

The Vixen Princess:
Nesta, a fiery, middle-aged widow, takes her dead husband’s sword in hand, and joins the 15 year-old War Leader, Arthur, to fight Saxons. There she meets his champion, the dark warrior, Mabon. Than her deceased husband appears as a matchmaking ghost to bring the two together. But this match making ghost as his work cut out for him because Mabon and Nesta care more about war than love .

DE: What was the spark of inspiration for DRUID QUEST?

CA: The spark was Boudica, who is my favorite all time historical
character. It was the Celtic Warrior Queen who led me to begin my writing career. I love history and in reading a book about the dark
ages I came across Boudica. I was so impressed by her, I started jotting down notes, but they were fiction (it must have happened like this type). Before I knew it, I had written a rough draft for a novel. I thought, gosh I can really do this. So after accidentally writing
that novel, I wrote one on purpose, The Fox Prince, which was my first published book. But in that original rough draft, that I thought was
just notes about the rebel queen, was a druidess who escaped from Ynys Mon and rode to Boudica’s camp to tell everyone about the massacre of the druids at the sacred learning center. I knew one day I would write
a novel with that druidess as a main character. There was a day when I was in a weird day dream state, when I’m some one else and someplace else, I was in the water escaping from some awful trauma. And when I
came out of the day dream I knew it was that druidess escaping form the massacre at Ynys Mon, that’s when I began to write Druid Quest. And that day dream is the beginning of my first chapter.

DE: Can you tell us a bit about your adventures in the research of this book?

CA: This book is set against the back drop of the Boudica revolt, my love of history led me to the rebel queen about 17 years ago and I’ve been researching her and that time period ever since. That research led me to purchase some things, a first century Celtic costume, a replica of
a torque, and replica 1st century Celtic sword. I’ve had some real adventures with these. I came garbed in my first century attire to the
Austin Celtic festival where I set up a pop up tent for my booksigning at a scenic spot near a lake. A cool, pleasant breeze across the blue
lake soon turned to a blustery gale. I looked on stunned as my tent flew into the air and hit the wire fence behind me. Fellow vendors,
the UTILAKILT guys ran out, grabbed my tent, pulled it back to the ground, and re-staked it. I have my own theory of why that happened to me. Dressed in Bronze Age attire, torque and all, I think the goddess of the lake for whom two millenniums seems little more than a day, what is time to a goddess, saw me in my ancient garb and assumed a devotee had returned. When I didn’t go down to greet the lake and throw in my offering, she sought vengeance by taking my tent. But by
the next day, Sunday, the goddess of the lake was appeased and had quieted down. And when I was writing the final battle scene for Druid Quest, my kitten got involved in that adventure. I had just gotten him, Severus, a few days before. I brought my first century sword downstairs to the computer and when I unsheathed it I glanced at him. A look of horror filled his little face and he ran off to the corner. Poor thing thought I was going to use that on him. Poor baby. I told him it’s ok, it’s ok, mommy’s writing. And he inched closer again and cocked his head to one side in a curious, what-is-she-doing expression
as I sparred with the air, writing the battle scene.

DE: Is there a piece of particularly fascinating research that you did for the book which you wound up not using? Can you share it with us, or are you keeping it back for another book?

CA: I included the new findings that when Boudica ravaged Londinium she didn’t halt at the Thames but came across to the other side. Previously it was thought that she destroyed the city only and no one
knew anything was even built on the other side of Thames. But new research by Archaeologists excavating a site just south of London Bridge found evidence that Boudica’s army attacked south London. The site near London Bridge turned out to be next to a major Roman road. So in Druid Quest I included that and had her cross the ancient version of London Bridge and set fire to Roman buildings on that side as well.

DE: What do you think is the biggest misconception we hold about Druids?

CA: Several that they built Stonehenge, that they are evil, that they were barbaric. When the Celts arrived they found Stonehenge and the many other
magnificent and sacred henges and megaliths there waiting for them. The druids saw the spiritual and scientific nature of the structures
and used them per their own religious beliefs and ceremonies. As far as barbaric or evil, it took 20 years of training to become a druid
all those lessons were verbal, memorized. So a Druid had more education than a modern day PHD. They served the roles, of doctors,
lawyers, advisers to the chiefs, judges, teachers, musicians, historians, story tellers, and spiritual leaders. So terms such as
barbaric and evil just don’t fit.

DE: What new paths did writing this book open to you?

CA: As my fifth Celtic/Romance book, it has gained me more exposure and increased my following. Gotten my name and my unique voice out there a
little bit more.

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Author: devonellington

I publish under a half a dozen names in both fiction and non-fiction.

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