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MARGUERITE TONERY

To tell you a little more about who I am and what inspired me to write children’s books.  Well, I hope you can see from the photograph that I love children.  I love being around their energy in the good times and in the temper tantrums.  I really enjoy the spirit of children.  It is because of this that it felt like the most natural thing in the world for me to write books for children.  

Kapheus Earth, Kapheus Air and Kapheus Water are epic fantasy adventure stories steeped in Irish mythology. They are set in the landscape of Ireland from the Wild Atlantic Way where I live and reach out to the Hill of Tara, Ireland’s soul.  I don’t know why I write books for children in the age range of 7+ years old, but it felt like fun.

I was born on the west coast of Ireland and live in Galway. I was the sixth born of seven children, which was then a typically Irish family. My childhood had a mixed influence from my parent’s background. My mother brought the openness of a woman who was reared in Dublin city to her children in the rural west, while my father brought the earthy love of land and nature to us as children. Both aspects of this upbringing combined to give that richness to my writing.

My professional background as a psychologist has definitely influenced my writing. The dragons, elves, leprechauns, and mythical creatures such as unicorns and centaurs, guide Elisa and Jamie through the greatest challenges of their lives, and in the background the complex dynamic between parents and children, and between siblings themselves comes alive. I hope everyone who reads these books enjoys Kapheus.

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