Mildred

Ryan Sean O'Reilly
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A diary, noises from the attic, a resident cat, and piles and piles and piles of boxes cast shadows over Josephine as she digs through her new home and discovers the disturbing circumstances surrounding her purchase of the place.
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Ryan Sean O'Reilly:

I took to books at an early age and can still remember my father reading
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit to me at bedtime. When I could read on my
own, my mother brought home books from the library for my siblings and me. She tells me, that I would look at the covers and say "not
interested", but if she left them on my night stand I couldn't help, but
devour them--the genres and titles didn't seem to matter. Growing up
the oldest of five children outside the city of Chicago, our house was
always teeming with activity--so it may be no wonder that I enjoyed
staying up late to read when things were quiet. There was always
something transcendent about disappearing into another world while the
rest of the house slept. Books taught me so much about myself and the
world around.

I've crossed through a few different genres trying
to find my voice but mostly dwell in fantasy, science fiction, and
literary fiction. A few authors who have inspired me are: J.R.R.
Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Frank Herbert, Richard Adams, J.K. Rowling,
Douglas Adams and William Shakespeare.

Official website: www.ryanseanoreilly.com

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Ryan Sean O'Reilly
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Published on
Jun 28, 2014
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Pages
42
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9780985426545
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English
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Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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