Saturday, April 4, 2015
Introducing Saoirse O'Mara, Children's Author
She lives in Germany with her sweetheart and works as freelance editor,
translator, and language teacher whenever she isn't writing.
"I first started writing when I had figured out how to build words
My next strong memory, and my first finalized manuscript,
was an adventure book for children, similar to those by Enid Blyton--
my strongest influence back then and my favorite writer for a long time.
I simply loved her Famous Five and Adventure series, among others.
I wrote that manuscript when I was twelve or thirteen, and
completely revised and rewrote it again with sixteen.
It's still sitting on my shelf and on my hard-drive,
and I think apart from my mom, no one has ever read it.
It's nothing to show around (I'm sure my writing style back then was awful),
but it is certainly something to be proud of. I started
and finished a complete manuscript.
I don't remember when I started reading fantasy
but it must have been pretty early on.
With twelve, I read my first book in English (I'm a German native)--
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, followed by
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets...and then Lord of the Rings.
Yes, I went from a children's book to High Fantasy
with lots of difficult-to-read descriptions. To be honest,
I'm still not sure I actually understood all of the story
and scenery, but I managed to read through the whole trilogy
and was hooked enough that I bought
and read The Hobbit a year later during a vacation in London."