Meet Daithi Kavanagh
My name is Daithi Kavanagh. I am 57 years old and am a late starter to many things. I am currently studying for a degree in Irish Culture and Heritage studies. I also play music – Irish ballads in the local pubs around my hometown of Wexford. My two kids also play and join me on a regular basis. I live in a beautiful part of Wexford a tiny village called Trinity with my wife, two children/teenagers, two dogs and a cat. My two books in The Tadhg Sullivan Series materialized when I first went back to studying. I found a love for English when I went back to school which spurred my writing on and I haven’t stopped since.I have always loved reading and this has definitely had an influence on my writing style. I read mainly crime fiction especially Arnaldur Indriðason and Stieg Larsson.
Guest Post – My experiences as a writer
Hello everyone! I am delighted to be taking part in this great Mystery/Thriller week.
I am an author with Tirgearr Publishing and hail from Wexford, Ireland. I have two crime thrillers published with Tirgearr – The Gun and The Brotherhood. These stories are centered on Detective Tadhg Sullivan and are stand-alone stories. I am currently editing my third book in the series called The Crucifixion.
There is of course a bit of me in all my stories. I try to make the characters and the situations that they find themselves in as believable as possible. Sullivan’s character may be flawed, yet he is equally as heroic as a lot of the straight up, hard boiled detectives we encounter. I try to make all the characters in my books ‘human’ and hope that I show that there is usually a ‘past’ behind the actions of my characters. A political theme runs through all of my books which I find hard to avoid as it is a big driving force in my life. The Gun was written at a time in my life when Ireland was going through a recession which affected me and a lot of people I know. It goes to show that out of difficult situations the creative juices can flow! My home town of Wexford is featured a lot in my books and this gives me great pleasure as I absolutely love this beautiful seaside town in the sunny South East of Ireland. It’s a great privilege to be able to include Wexford in my books.
Making the time to write is a recurring challenge with me – I’m sure I am not alone! We all have busy lives, jobs, kids, study. In my case I went back to education in my fifties and am currently studying for a degree in Irish Culture and Heritage Studies. I find it very rewarding but also very time consuming. I have to consciously make time for my writing and find the best time for me is in the evening. I take to the bed away from everyone. I also walk our two dogs in the forest near where we live and find I get plenty of ideas when I’m out in the fresh air.
It will be great to see how other authors work and to share our writing experiences. I am looking forward to participating in this event and to reading other writers experiences and interacting with readers.