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SFF Author: Eileen Kernaghan

(1939- )
Eileen Kernaghan grew up on a dairy farm in Canada. While her contemporaries read Nancy Drew, she was lost in the worlds of Clark Ashton Smith, H.P. Lovecraft, A. Merritt, and Jack Vance. The moment she stumbled across those yellowing pulp magazines, her future career was decided. She conducts writing workshops in the Vancouver BC area, and used to run a used bookstore. Ms. Kernaghan has three grown children and four grandchildren, and lives near Vancouver with her husband and an eccentric cat. Read excerpts of her novels at Eileen Kernaghan’s website.  She also keeps a blog.


The Sarsen Witch: Unusually nuanced view of a dated theme

The Sarsen Witch by Eileen Kernaghan

Since her family was killed by the invading horse lords, Naeri has lived a wild and solitary existence, surviving on what she can scrounge or steal. But when she is caught trying to steal a pig, she is caught back up again in “civilized” life. She falls in love with Gwi, a kindly smith, and rediscovers a long-lost cousin, the minstrel Daui, who senses in Naeri a gift for geomancy. Then she catches the eye of the local warlord, Ricca, who believes she will bring him good fortune and that her earth-magic abilities can help him build a great monument to immortalize himself.

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The Snow Queen: Enchanting short YA

The Snow Queen by Eileen Kernaghan

The Snow Queen arrived on my doorstep on an unseasonably cold March day. I grabbed a blanket, curled up in my favorite chair, and read the book in a matter of a few hours. The Snow Queen is a short novel, a single-sitting book if you’re a fast reader like me, yet more enchanting than many longer works. Nothing is superfluous here; Eileen Kernaghan tells the story she has come to tell — a mythic reworking of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale of the same name — and that’s it.

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Wild Talent: Gently feminist coming-of-age tale

Wild Talent by Eileen Kernaghan

While Wild Talent is very different from Eileen Kernaghan‘s 2000 novel, The Snow Queen, there are two major themes that the two novels have in common. Both feature young girls striking out precipitously on their own into an unsafe world. Both also address the frustrations of intelligent women up against the repressive mores of Victorian society. The result, in both cases, is a gently feminist coming-of-age tale with a strong sense of place and time.

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