About Irish Eyes
"Irish Eyes" is a web log much ado about writing and all else unrelated by author Deborah O'Toole.
She is author of Celtic Remnants, a novel of enduring yet impossible love and betrayal set amongst the turbulence of Ireland, glamour of London and the wilds of Scotland.
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Writing as Deidre Dalton:
Deborah writes using the pseudonym Deidre Dalton. She is author of the Collective Obsessions Saga, which chronicles the extraordinary loves and obsessions between two families sweeping a span of more than one hundred years, all set against the backdrop of a Gothic seaside mansion in Maine.
The eight-part family saga includes The Advent, Quixotic Crossings, The Twain Shall Meet, Enthrallment, The Keeper's Journal, Hearts Desires, The Twilight and Megan's Legacy All books were released by Club Lighthouse Publishing. A ninth book in the saga, Limb of Iniquity, is tentatively scheduled for release in 2023-24.
Other Deidre Dalton titles include Bloodfrost, Bloodlust and Blood & Soul. The books are part of The Bloodline Trilogy, which follows the uniquely magical yet ominous journey of three women through time.
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Deborah has written several articles and historical essays for the online version of Ambermont Magazine, and the cooking/recipe website Food Fare. Links to the articles and essays can be found on the Historical Essays and Articles & Other Writings pages of her website.
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Background & Influences:
Deborah was born in Greenwich, Connecticut. She has also lived in San Francisco, Reno, Salt Lake City and Spokane, among other US cities.
(Above): Deborah O'Toole with her dog, Rainee (2017).
(Above): Jerry Dalton and Deborah O'Toole (2019).
(Above): Hissy Dalton (2020).
(Above): Dusty O'Toole Dalton (2022).
A lifelong Tudor and Irish history buff, Deborah likes to browse through the local paperback exchange in her free time. She also enjoys web and book cover design, needlepoint, growing her own herbs and experimenting in the kitchen on whim.
Her favorite authors and writing influences include Evelyn Anthony, Maeve Binchy, Elizabeth Byrd, James Clavell, Cleo Coyle, Dorothy Daniels, Diane Mott Davidson, Ken Follett, Marilyn Harris, Susan Kay, Stephen King, Norah Lofts, Mary M. Luke, Compton Mackenzie, Colleen McCullough, Clarissa Ross, Marilyn Ross, Edward Rutherfurd, Bertrice Small, Anya Seton, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Leon Uris, Alison Weir, Oscar Wilde and Kathleen Woodiwiss.
Her favorite poem is "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, as read by actor Christopher Walken.
Between bouts of writing, reading and web design, Deborah likes to relax by playing computer games.
Favorites include several variations of solitaire (Absolute Yukon, Australian Patience, Chinese Solitaire, Hardwood Hearts, Idiot's Delight, Klondike, Precedence, Pyramid, Russian Solitaire and Russian Twist), time-management (Claire's Cruisin' Cafe, Cooking Dash, Diner Dash, Lovely Kitchen, Rescue Team, the "Turbo" series: Fiesta, Pizza and Subs), and hidden object games (Mystery Case Files).