Book: Tuatha and the Seven Sisters Moon by D. VonThaercategories: Book, Egyptology, Halloween, Samhain, Ireland, Prophecy, Witchcraft, Daemons, Gods, Goddess, Full Moon, Ancient Cultures, Celtic Mythology
D. VonThaerabout this book: Tuatha and the Seven Sisters Moon began as a short story in the middle of the night nine years ago. I was eight months pregnant with my daughter and unable to find relief, I would go downstairs where it was cooler than my bedroom. The house was quiet, a real feat with two young boys. I was awaiting the birth of my daughter and dreaming of cool mists and rocky beaches, I started a story about a witch living on the coast of Ireland. She was pregnant then, like me, and I dove into the story and the imagined sea that rolled behind her little white cottage.
A few years went by, and I had been toiling with this story about this Irish witch Dru Bettenfield and her ties to the mythological world of the Tuatha. I wrote in blogs and added photos for inspiration and even opened it to friends and family.
In 2005 my husband gave me a gift for my thirtieth birthday; a trip to London. While there, I was invited to Sunday dinner by a friend of a friend. The family was Irish and German and boisterous. They had four sons my age and were all such characters, I could have easily written about them in a book. It was their dad, a huge and burly Irishman that stoked my imagination that night. After dinner we were having coffee and dessert when he started to give me grief about my name, Dayna. He told me Dana or Danu is the Mother Goddess in ancient Ireland. Tuatha De Danann means The People of Danu.
We all started a conversation about mythology and Dru, the Irish witch that lasted until the early morning hours. I began my trip with a spark, but it ended with a flame. I continued to write back home, allowing the story to broaden. I did a tremendous amount of research for years, writing over 800,000 words for this story that marries magic with modern time, mythology with humans.
During these years we actually moved to London, and then to Salem, Massachusetts. My husband encouraged me to make more out of this than just a blog and a stack of research papers. I took it apart and gave it a rewrite. Tuatha and the Seven Sisters Moon is the first in the series.
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