Author

Welcome to the page of Piper McDermot, author of the epic fantasy series, The Seventh Gate.  I’ve always wondered what it feels like to talk about oneself in the third person. Now I know – so enough of that.

Wandered in by accident?  Perhaps you’re interested in Celtic mythology, photography, or fantasy art.  There’s a bit of each here, more in the future, and some about my books. That’s why I’m here, after all.  You can read three sample chapters of Book 1 Season of the Wild Hunt on the book page, or click on the book cover there —>

I suppose I should include some sort of resumé, but who likes reading those things? Not me. In one of my varied previous occupations, I spent my days as a recruitment consultant reading hundreds of them, so perhaps that explains my aversion. They also remind me of stockings. Not the hot lacy-suspender type, the other kind. Pantyhose.

An ugly word, perfectly suited to the devilish things. Uncomfortable and ludicrous in the African summer heat, they were part of the job requirement at the agency I worked for. Wearing superfine, barely-there ones only encouraged the boss-lady to sneak up behind you and pinch your legs to check that your tan was the result of nylon and not a weekend beside the pool. She was a fiery, red-haired Irish woman. No judgement, but if you are imagining the stereotype, you wouldn’t be far wrong, and she scared the $#*! out of me every time.

romance

For ten years I told stories by taking pictures; hundreds of wedding stories, plus whatever else caught my eye and imagination, but it left me with a taste for the romantic.

the Seal Lady

“furry, flippered, and fishy-breathed”

Prior to the photography years, I worked at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town. It resulted in having an unexpected guest living in my house for two weeks.

We called her Selkie.  Funny-Seal-Face-6

She didn’t like the touch of carpets, loved the kiddies blow-up splash pool, snored like a dodgy diesel lawnmower, and ruined my appetite for sushi for years. If I never caught the whiff of a pilchard or sardine again, it would be too soon. You’ll be happy to know Selkie recovered from her injuries, and was successfully released back into the ocean. Plus, I’m hoping it’s something you’ll remember about me when it comes to choosing an author to read – the whole seal-lady thing.  Devious, aren’t I?

I’m also in danger of having a permanent crick in my neck from gazing up at the night sky whenever I get the chance. I’ve been fascinated by the stars ever since I realised they were there.  That love of anything ‘Cosmos’ has melded comfortably with my passion for mythology, ancient history, and all things Celtic.

Ireland

I have an excuse.  My mother’s family is from Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland – Cora Droma Rúisc in Irish, meaning “the weir of the marshy ridge”.  I vaguely remember the weir and the Shannon. It’s one of several rivers my brother almost drowned in. But that’s another story.  The best part of visiting was  feeding chocolate to Dolly, the jinnet (part donkey, part pony) and playing with Granny O’Hara’s kittens. She used to keep them in the stove so they would stay warm.

No, there were never any accidents…not with the stove, that is. No baked or broiled-kitty horror stories. Trust me, you don’t want to hear about what did happen.

Writing

I’ve a few tall-sounding tales to tell, now that I think about it, and I aim to collect a few more yet.  When I’m an old lady sitting in my rocking chair on the porch, probably smoking a pipe or something equally offensive to my children, I don’t mind regretting some of the things I did do, but I never want to regret the things I didn’t do.

Some of my interests I followed up on with a BA in Archaeology, Psychology, Social Anthropology, and English Lit. at the University of the Witwatersrand. All have come together in my alternate history fantasy novels, inspired by mythology, with a dash of science fiction.  So far, there’s two of those. Both are currently in the process of editing, and a third is on the way.

There’s an interview with me here if you’d like to know a bit more, and for a laugh, a quick look at me in my Penguin Disguise over here.

There are some amazing authors out there who are also blogging, sharing their insights into all aspects of  writing and publishing. I find it hard to analyse the process, but if I come across something that makes me think “Yes, that!” I’ll share it here.

Take a meander through . . . and I hope you enjoy your time here.  Be it gorgeous images, beautiful words and music, creatures and people, all conspire to inspire the writer.

You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter  where apart from a writer, I am a surfer, sailor, photographer, book addict, and part-time pirate. A girl has to have hobbies!

I love to hear from visitors, so please feel free to leave a comment!

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21 thoughts on “Author

  1. Thank you for visiting my blog and for extending such a warm welcome here Piper. I love the art and am looking forward to spending some time here visiting your site.
    Debra

    1. Hi Leela!
      Thanks for stopping by :) I’ve been checking out both your blogs; you have some gorgeous imagery, have been staring at them for ages! The crocodile of compassion particularly caught my attention…

  2. I can only echo the sentiments listed above. “Thank you for dropping in on my blog and following it.” Nice little place you’ve established here. I’ll be sure to stop by regularly.

    “The days of a healthy income…” I seem to recall glimpsing them in my rearview mirror so many moons ago. Sigh.

  3. Hi Piper :-)

    You RT one of my pitch in the #SFFpit last week and so I started wondering what you may be up to. This is how I found your blog.

    I’ve only just started having a look around, but I’m liking it. I like your voice.

    Hope you’re busy writing! :-)
    I’ll see you around.

    1. Thanks so much, Sarah! I am busy wrriting – as I hope you are, too :) I took a trip over to your blog – so pretty – and saw that you work in a bookstore in Verona. How exotic and romantic! I’m trying hard not feel envious. Trying…failing…

  4. Amazin blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you sujggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid
    option? There are so many choices out there that I’m completely confusedd ..Any recommendations?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Rosario – thanks for stopping by! I guess the best advice I can give if you want to start writing is to just go for it, and then put some work out there on platforms like Wattpad, Scribophile, or Authonomy for feedback from fellow writers and from readers. Beyond that, it’s all about improving your craft – and there’s so many good sites offering writing advice, I’d hardly know where to start a list. One of my favourites is Live Write Thrive – there’s a wealth of tips and practical guidance in the archives. http://www.livewritethrive.com/

  5. I have been surfing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be a lot more useful than ever before.

  6. Piper, I love your “place”! I saw your comment on Nicholas Rossis’s article about fantasy languages and thought I’d come over and take a peek. “I vill be bach!” :D

    1. Lol! Hi Connie, thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed it. I stumbled across Nicholas’ blog by accident, and am very glad I did. It seems like a wonderful community happening there. :)

      1. There is. It’s a lot of fun. I’m probably the newest, having only begun my blog in November of 2014. I didn’t know anything about HTML and, using a free theme, I don’t have making changes in CSS, so I have to format each paragraph, etc. Will be changing that in the near future.. I hope!

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