TARPON SPRINGS, FL – In John Heagney’s debut historic novel, Traveler, Neddy McKenna’s world is about to be torn aside and everybody he loves will grow to be a reminiscence.
Unaware of what awaits him, Neddy is swept from his dad and mom’ small Northern Eire farm in the course of the Irish Warfare of Independence to start a dangerous ocean journey as an indentured servant in Twenties Canada. Away from household and all issues acquainted, he finds himself alone in a rustic of strangers, taking with him only a battered cardboard suitcase and his goals. Nevertheless, in these goals, Neddy will encounter … again and again … an enigmatic customer who calls himself Traveler. Advising, warning and difficult all the pieces the Irish farm boy is aware of … or thought he knew.
However who’s Traveler? Simply an apparition? A information? A guardian angel? Or one thing Neddy couldn’t start to think about as he travels on this life-altering odyssey?
Traveler is predicated partly on the experiences of Heagney’s father as a 16-year-old indentured servant shipped throughout the Atlantic Ocean to function a laborer in Canada like tens of 1000’s of different poor Irish kids ensnared within the notorious British Residence Kids program. For practically eight a long time, the British authorities and Catholic Church despatched greater than 100,000 kids of poverty – some as younger as 4 – throughout the globe to lives of servitude. Whereas some discovered good houses, too many others suffered sexual, bodily and psychological abuse; deplorable residing situations and even demise.
Having extensively researched the British Residence Kids program and what occurred to a lot of these kids, Heagney has intertwined harsh actuality with a mystical thread, creating for readers a memorable journey into the typically harmful and unexplained.
“Traveler explores prospects and choices in Neddy McKenna’s life when his goals present essential steerage earlier than conditions come up,” Heagney explains. “In fact, whether or not or not he heeds the warnings is fully as much as him. However Neddy additionally should perceive that unsuitable selections can have catastrophic penalties.”
Traveler is out there in paperback or as an E-book on Amazon.
In regards to the creator
Heagney is a first-generation Irish American, whose dad and mom emigrated to the US from Eire and Newfoundland through Canada. He’s a veteran author and journalist who has gained quite a few awards and distinctions for journalistic excellence.
Following his journalism profession in Pennsylvania and Florida, he based John Heagney Public Relations within the Tampa Bay space (johnhpr.com), representing a nationwide and worldwide slate of purchasers for the previous 40 years. Heagney additionally was an adjunct company communications coach in addition to an teacher educating public relations writing and concept on the College of South Florida in Tampa.
He resides in Tarpon Springs, Florida, along with his spouse, Linda, and is tolerated by their two cats, Daltrey and Cami.
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