F.T. McKinstry grew up studying music and classical literature, and at a young age acquired a deep love for fantasy and the esoteric, of which she was an avid reader. J.R.R. Tolkien was her most powerful influence. With a background in computer electronics and software development, she wrote and illustrated technical documentation for many years, during which time she created the fantasy world of Ealiron, in which many of her stories take place. A passion for fairy tales and a lifelong study of mythology, plant and animal lore, Celtic legend, shamanism, psychology and mysticism provide inspiration and scope for her work. In addition to The Chronicles of Ealiron, her published works include fantasy stories in Aoife’s Kiss and Tales of the Talisman, and a short story collection called Wizards, Woods and Gods: Tales of Integration by Wild Child Publishing.
As an artist, F.T. has been oil painting and illustrating stories in pen & ink for many years. She has shown paintings in galleries and shows around New England, and has published art in Aoife’s Kiss, Tales of the Talisman, and the chapbook The Battle for Newhome, Sam’s Dot Publishing.
F.T. lives in northern New England with her husband, several spoiled cats and a live-planted aquarium. Other pastimes include tinkering in her greenhouse, growing gardens, snowshoeing and yoga.
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