A first time author and Newbridge writer Helen Quinn, who self published her debut novel ‘Tales from Aulora’ with a launch date of September 12 next, described the process as an ‘empowering experience’.
“It is really exciting,” said Helen, who lives in College Farm with her 15-year-old son Aaron. “I sent it out to agents and because it is a mixed genre they didn’t know how to market it. So I went down the self publishing route and got 500 printed copies done and it is also available on line.”
The book is described as a ‘magical novel’ that looks at where the many affirmations made to the universe go after they have been released. “I read a book about affirmations such as putting out ‘I would like to be a best selling novelist’ to the universe and it happens so I wondered where do all these wishes go? ”
The main characters Bill and Bob attempt to grant eight human wishes from Britain and Ireland that span from 1381 to 2009. My son acted as an early critic,” she said. “He read it three times, and although he tried not to like it, he told me it was ‘quite good actually’ so I got the real seal of approval.”
Helen also writes short stories and poetry and is passionate about all things literary and she is co-facilitator of the WriTeen Scene, a creative writing group for young adults based in Newbridge. Despite leaving school at age 15 with no formal qualifications, Helen went on to complete a BA and an MA in Literature as a mature student in UCD whilst raising her son alone.
“Self-publishing my novel has been an empowering and liberating experience. Tales from Aulora has been 12 years in the making, lingering for a time in a drawer whilst I scrambled around for the confidence. I hope that people enjoy their time on Aulora and love the characters.”