ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I was born in Dallas, Texas, and some of my earliest memories are of traveling to other places by reading: Narnia, Middle Earth, Treasure Island, Mars. As I grew older, I traveled to even more places - some wondrous like Hogwarts, some horrifying like Oceania - but always through the magical medium of books. And I hoped one day to share some of the lands I'd visited only in my mind by writing books of my own. Of course, I grew up and had to get a job - I teach history at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA - but I've never lost the desire to invite you to visit the lands of my imagination. I also never lost my fascination with Ireland or with folktales, so a few years ago I decided to sit down and write about the little boy, Jack, who had been in my head for a long time. So, welcome and thank you for taking this journey with Jack and with me!
About Ballykillarney House
I wrote the first draft of Jack and the Hollow Hill in May and June of 2018. In that draft, I disguised the location of the village, which was always Lismore, by using a name I had made up, "Ballykillarney," which means "The place of the church of the blackthorn trees." However, after visiting the magical town of Lismore for the first time in 2019, I decided not to camouflage its name. But I did decide to keep Ballykillarney as the name of my imprint for these stories!