Ciara Ballintyne grew up on a steady diet of adult epic fantasy from the age of nine, leaving her with a rather confused outlook on life – she believes the good guys should always win, but knows they often don’t. She is an oxymoron; an idealistic cynic.

She began her first attempts at the craft of writing in 1992, culminating in the publication of her debut work, Confronting the Demon, in 2013. Her first book to be published with Evolved Publishing is In the Company of the Dead.

She holds degrees in law and accounting, and is a practising financial services lawyer. In her spare time, she speculates about taking over the world – how hard can it really be? If she could be anything, she’d choose a dragon, but if she is honest she shares more in common with Dr. Gregory House of House M.D. – both the good and the bad. She is a browncoat, a saltgunner, a Whedonite, a Sherlockian, a Ringer and a Whovian… OK, most major geek fandoms. Her alignment is chaotic good. She is an INTJ.

Ciara lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband, her two daughters, and a growing menagerie of animals that unfortunately includes no dragons.

Notes From Ciara

I love books. I especially love epic fantasy books. I love reading them and I love writing them. I forgot how much I loved writing them when I started full-time work. The netbook I bought in 2011 was the best purchase since the oilskin that kept me dry through a two hour performance of the Military Tattoo in rainy Edinburgh. It helped me rediscover my love of writing. I went from writing less than three hours a month to three hours a day, at least five days a week. In six weeks, I completed a first edit of Deathhawk’s Betrayal, which I’d finished two years earlier.

My love of reading started with the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew at eight and progressed to epic fantasy by ten. By eleven I was reading Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. I had started to figure that maybe I could do this writing thing…. Not long after that, Dad realised that he didn’t need to buy books anymore, as it was easier to borrow them from me.

My high school English teachers gave their best efforts to convince me to read and write something besides fantasy. They failed spectacularly. University law lectures passed while I wrote about the worlds of my imagination. One lecturer commented on my industrious note-taking during class. If only she had known the truth.

Home is where the heart is; with fantasy, I have come home.

Fiction Themes

What happens when the foundations of our reality crack and tremble?

Madness lurks on the edges, at the extremes of love and hate, where contradictions collide and hopelessness and despair lurk.

Here grow my tales of epic fantasy, in the cracks, in the moment of fracture, at the point of no return. Against the backdrop of good and evil, we explore the darkness in us all.

Interesting Facts

I live in Sydney, Australia, with my husband, two daughters, and two cats.

I practise financial services law for a living – fortunately I am a compulsive debater. I was almost an accountant. Lucky escape that…

My hobbies are (you guessed it) reading and writing. I also do OK on the karaoke stage and I can (mostly) manage to stay on a horse, English-style.

I love country music. I’ve seen Keith Urban live seven times since 2003 – that’s a lot for a country at the bottom of the world where even ‘world tours’ don’t always stop! I travelled to Brisbane to see Dierks Bentley, and I wish Brad Paisley would tour here (thank you, Gary Allan, for stopping by in 2014).

Favourite Quotes

‘I have loved to the point of madness; that which is called madness, to me, is the only way to love.’ – Anon

‘Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.’ – Dr Seuss

‘May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.’ – Mal Reynolds ‘Firefly’

‘You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.’ – Ray Bradbury