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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 AirKapheus Water, Kapheus Fire, Spirit and now the new book in the series, Kapheus Time, 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 inland to the Hill of Tara, Ireland’s soul.  

Covid Monster’s Visit was written, because I felt a need to do something positive when the Covid19 pandemic hit. I did what I know best, and I wrote a book. This book is for really young children who feel anxious about the pandemic and don’t understand why they can’t do all the fun things they’ve done before. It is a hand of support to parents and teachers as this child-friendly picture book teaches children about social distancing, hand-washing and so on, all hidden in a rhyme and the tale of Covid, a monster who strayed from home. It has been a European collaboration with illustrations by Fabrice Matray, and translations into Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and counting.

I am an Irish author, born on the west coast of Ireland and I 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. In the Kapheus series,  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. Whereas, Covid Monster’s Visit, provides the same psychological supports in a way that is easier for very young children to understand. Buy the books, spread the word and let’s keep all this positivity flowing.

Thank you for reading.

Marguerite Tonery

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