My Story

I had always been fascinated by the 16th century and the Tudors, especially Queen Elizabeth I.   This is true for many people, but for me the fixation was deep and visceral—even traumatic when experiencing the violence of the time, namely the torture and executions.  As it haunted me, I talked about it in my own therapy and sought out past life regression hypnosis.  However, it wasn’t until I traced back my own lineage to discover that my Irish ancestors tangled with the Tudors throughout the 1500’s that I felt a true shift towards emotional clarity.
The Common Hours was cultivated from a need to explore the story as it resides in my DNA.
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Can you find belonging in a time and place where you shouldn’t even exist?

 

On a spring day in 2018 I was walking alone through the gentle streets of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Two days later I was on a hill of wild Irish grasses meeting my ancestral grandfather in the year 1560…

 

After the sudden loss her mother Sara, Lindsay McDonnell not only learns of her mother’s time traveling abilities, but that she is the only heir. From the depths of her grief, Lindsay has to face the certainty that if she does not follow in Sara’s wake, lives will be devastated both in the past and in present day.
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On a spring day in 2018 I was walking alone through the gentle streets of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Two days later I was on a hill of wild Irish grasses meeting my ancestral grandfather in the year 1560… After the sudden loss her mother Sara, Lindsay McDonnell not only learns of her mother’s time traveling abilities, but that she is the only heir. From the depths of her grief, Lindsay has to face the certainty that if she does not follow in Sara’s wake, lives will be devastated both in the past and in present day. Traveling back to her 16th century Celtic ancestors, Lindsay finds herself amidst the bloody conflict between the Tudor Crown and the clans struggling to keep their independence from all out English Rule. Feeling a divine purpose to take on the cause of her newly found McDonnell kin, Lindsay uncovers that her mother had great ambitions to liberate womankind—starting with Queen Elizabeth I. Believing she can serve both ends, Lindsay offers herself to be an envoy of peace at court, but in Elizabeth’s religiously polarized kingdom expressing modern ways may not only be disastrous for your kin but put your own life in mortal and spiritual jeopardy.
On a spring day in 2018 I was walking alone through the gentle streets of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Two days later I was on a hill of wild Irish grasses meeting my ancestral grandfather in the year 1560… After the sudden loss her mother Sara, Lindsay McDonnell not only learns of her mother’s time traveling abilities, but that she is the only heir. From the depths of her grief, Lindsay has to face the certainty that if she does not follow in Sara’s wake, lives will be devastated both in the past and in present day. Traveling back to her 16th century Celtic ancestors, Lindsay finds herself amidst the bloody conflict between the Tudor Crown and the clans struggling to keep their independence from all out English Rule. Feeling a divine purpose to take on the cause of her newly found McDonnell kin, Lindsay uncovers that her mother had great ambitions to liberate womankind—starting with Queen Elizabeth I. Believing she can serve both ends, Lindsay offers herself to be an envoy of peace at court, but in Elizabeth’s religiously polarized kingdom expressing modern ways may not only be disastrous for your kin but put your own life in mortal and spiritual jeopardy.

Can you find belonging in a time and place where you shouldn’t even exist?

 

On a spring day in 2018 I was walking alone through the gentle streets of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Two days later I was on a hill of wild Irish grasses meeting my ancestral grandfather in the year 1560…
After the sudden loss her mother Sara, Lindsay McDonnell not only learns of her mother’s time traveling abilities, but that she is the only heir. From the depths of her grief, Lindsay has to face the certainty that if she does not follow in Sara’s wake, lives will be devastated both in the past and in present day.
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A Lifetime of Writing

In my own history, I began writing fiction by 3rd grade.  Through grad school and afterwards, my writing life was exclusively non-fiction articles and book chapters in the areas of psychology, business and wellness until fiction writing grabbed me back by the hand and guided me to write novel and film scripts.  A Day in Another Life, a joint effort screenplay about a time-traveling millennial who finds himself the drummer for the Beatles made it to the quarterfinals at the Austin Film Festival in 2016, and the Script Pipeline Competition and Page International Screenwriting Awards in 2017.  My education in fictional writing has spanned several years at the Yale Writers Conference and courses at Grub Street, Gotham City Writers, The New Hampshire Writers Project and Arvon in the UK.