~About the Author~
CEANE O'HANLON-LINCOLN is a native of southwestern Pennsylvania, where she taught high school French until 1985. Already engaged in commercial writing, she immediately began pursuing a career writing both fiction and history.
In the tradition of a great Irish seanchaí (storyteller), O'Hanlon-Lincoln has been called by many a "state-of-the-heart writer."
In 1987, at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute, two of her screenplays made the "top twenty-five," chosen from thousands of nationwide entries. In 1994, she optioned one of those scripts to Kevin Costner; the other screenplay she reworked and adapted, in 2014, to the first of her SLEUTH SISTERS MYSTERIES, THE WITCHES' TIME-KEY, conceived years ago when Ceane first visited Ireland. As she stood on the sacred Hill of Tara, the wind whispered ancient voices- ancient secrets. O'Hanlon-Lincoln never forgot that very mystical experience.
FIRE BURN AND CAULDRON BUBBLE is the second of the Sleuth Sisters Mysteries, THE WITCH'S SILENT SCREAM the third book in the bewitching series; the fourth is WHICH WITCH IS WHICH? The fifth Sleuth Sisters adventure is WITCH-WAY. Watch for THE WITCH TREE coming soon!
Ceane has also had a poem published in Great Poems of Our Time. Winner of the Editor's Choice Award, "The Man Who Holds the Reins" appears in the fore of her AUTUMN SONG anthology-- sixteen hauntingly beautiful autumn tales with connecting threads, resurfacing characters, thrilling twists and turns-- and surprise endings.
William Colvin, a retired Pennsylvania theatre and English teacher said of her AUTUMN SONG: "The tales rank with those of Rod Serling and the great O. Henry. O'Hanlon-Lincoln is a master storyteller."
Robert Matzen, writer/producer of Paladin Films said of AUTUMN SONG: "I like the flow of the words, almost like song lyrics. Very evocative."
In February 2004, O'Hanlon-Lincoln won the prestigious Athena, an award presented to professional "women of spirit" on local, national and international levels. The marble, bronze and crystal Athena sculpture symbolizes "career excellence and the light that emanates from the recipient."
Soon after the debut of the premier volume of her Pennsylvania history series, the talented author won for her COUNTY CHRONICLES a Citation/Special Recognition Award from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, followed by a Special Recognition Award from the Senate of Pennsylvania. She has since won both awards a THIRD time for COUNTY CHRONICLES- the series.
A few words about COUNTY CHRONICLES from the author: "Each volume of my COUNTY CHRONICLES is a collection of short stories from Pennsylvania's thrilling past-- TRUE stories, meticulously researched, crafted and polished, that bring history alive for my readers. I strive to put readers in the midst of the action, so that they EXPERIENCE history and not just read about it. I strive, too, to present the historical figures about whom I write as real flesh-and-blood people. In other words, I write from the heart to reach the heart. I have always believed that the history book and the historical novel would make a fine marriage, and that is how, in essence, I write my COUNTY CHRONICLES. I tell history in a storytelling manner, for that is what history is-- a collection of true stories, the most significant stories that ever unfolded!"
Ceane shares Tara, her 1907 Victorian home, with her beloved husband Phillip and their champion Bombay cats, Black Jade and Black Jack O'Lantern. Her hobbies include travel, nature walks, theatre, film, antiques, and reading "... everything I can on Pennsylvania, American, and Celtic history, legend and lore. In addition, I love a good mystery! Historians, in essence, are detectives-- we're always connecting the dots!"
~ A message to her readers from
Mistress of Mystery and Magick-
Ceane O'Hanlon-Lincoln ~
"I write because writing is, to me, empowering. Writing is creation. When I take up a pen or sit at my computer, I am a goddess, a deity wielding that pen like a faerie godmother waves a wand.
Via will, clever word-choice and placement, I can arrange symbols and characters to invoke a whole circuitous route of emotions, images, ideas, arm-chair travel- and, yes indeed, even time-travel. A writer can create- magick!
"I am often asked where I get my inspiration. The answer is 'From everything and everyone around me.' I love to travel, discover new places, and meet new people. And I have never been shy about talking to people I don't know. I love to talk, so over the years, I've had to train myself to be a good listener. One cannot learn anything new, talking.
"People also ask me if there is any truth to my stories about the Sleuth Sisters. To me, they are very real, though each is my own creation, and since I have always drawn from life when I write, I would have to say that there is a measure of truth in each of their essences- and in each of their adventures."
How much, though, like the author herself- shall remain a mystery.