Irish-born writer, Seamus Beirne, lives in Irvine, California with his wife Ann and their dog Lucy. The stress of retirement is alleviated by their three grown children and two grandsons!! Seamus spent thirty-five years as a high school English teacher and administrator. Before that he worked as a priest in a Catholic high school and in neighboring parishes. .

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History has always been an interest of his, especially Irish history. He is inspired by authors like Ben Kane,William Dietrich, Valerio Manfredi and C.J. Sansom--authors who bring the past to life through powerful characters and a tangible sense of place.He's received the following awards: Conference Choice Award winner for adult fiction, San Diego Writers Conference, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Runner-up for adult fiction, San Francisco Writers Conference, 2010. Finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference, 2011.

                

Although he had written opinion pieces for the Los Angeles Times and contributed to school newsletters, he never attempted to write fiction until seven years ago. Since that time he's completed four historical novels two of which, Breakout From Sugar Island, and In Search of Brigid Coltrane have been published by Fireship Press. Two others, Tyger River--sequel to Breakout from Sugar Island, and Crescent Moon--a novel about Ireland at the dawn of history, are completed in the rough draft stage.

 

He's received the following awards: Conference Choice Award winner for adult fiction, San Diego Writers Conference, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Runner-up for adult fiction, San Francisco Writers Conference, 2010. Finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference, 2011.

 

 

  • Lucy and her boys