Seamus Beirne grew up in Ireland and emigrated to the United States at eighteen to study for the priesthood. After ordination he went to Southern California to teach Latin and English in a Catholic high school. Things happened fast after that: he earned an M.A. in English, met his wife, left the priesthood, got his first Social Security card, got married, and had three children. Seamus spent the next twenty-five years as a high school English teacher and administrator, including a stint as president of the teachers union. He and Ann share a home in Irvine, California with their dog Lucy and enjoy frequent visits from their two grandchildren.
Seamus has always been interested in history, especially Irish history. He is inspired by authors like Ben Kane, William Dietrich, Valerio Manfredi and C.J. Sansom—authors who bring the past to life through powerful characters and a tangible sense of place.
Although he has written opinion pieces for the Los Angeles Times and contributed to school newsletters, his first attempt to write fiction was seven years ago. Since that time, he has completed three historical novels. Seamus has received the following awards: Conference Choice Award winner for adult fiction, San Diego Writers Conference, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Runner-up for adult fiction, San Francisco Writers Conference, 2010. Finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference, 2011. Visit Seamus' website for more information.
Dedicated to the 60,000 Irish slaves who perished in Barbados, victims of Cromwell's terror campaign in Ireland during the 17th century.
When Michael Redferne pulls the body of twenty year old Maureen Kelly from a frozen Irish lake, something tells him he should leave well enough alone. But fear conquers instinct and he hides the frozen corpse in the ice house on Lord Preston’s estate. Unaware that sinister forces in the persons of Lady Preston and her lover are conspiring against him, he walks into a trap and is shipped in chains to Barbados, known as Sugar Island. Once there, Redferne joins thousands of African and Irish laborers who are forced to work in the cane fields from dawn to dusk under the cowhide whips of brutal overseers. The rising and setting sun becomes a doomsday clock, ticking off Redferne’s slow march to the grave. He must escape if he hopes to redeem his past and save his future.