Unexpected Joy

When I wrote Fionúir’s Mural, the first book in my sword and sorcery fantasy trilogy, in 2012, I didn’t realize what impact it was about to have on my autistic son, Trey. Trey is quite the prodigy when it comes to computer gaming. We do a lot of stuff like cooking and martial arts together, but at that time Trey didn’t read books. He could read, slowly, and had a small collection of Japanese style comic books and cook books, but he apparently hadn’t found anything to capture his interest in the world of fiction yet. He’d started a few books, like the first book in the Harry Potter series, but he’d put them all down after reading only a few pages. Since what I was writing certainly resembled some of the worlds that formed the background of the games he played, I dedicated it to him as follows:

This book is dedicated to Trey, who lives in worlds like this.

Since I had dedicated it to him, I presented him with a signed copy.

The next thing I knew, he was reading it. Every time I met him, he’d tell me where in the story he’d reached. He started giving up some of his gaming time each day to read. Last week he finished Fionúir’s Mural, and last night I gave him the second book in the series, Ailchu’s Prophecy. The first thing he did was sit down and start to read it.

Words cannot describe how this makes me feel. No matter what else I may accomplish with my fiction writing, I am most proud of this.

I’m now 54,000 words into writing the final book of the trilogy, Cathal’s Seer.

Kerr's cover Fionuir's Mural ft cov FINAL (2)


About cuhulain

Kerr Cuhulain has been a Wiccan for 49 years and has been involved in anti-defamation activism and hate crimes investigation for the Pagan community from 1986 to 2005. Kerr was awarded the Shield of Valor by the Witches League for Public Awareness. Kerr is the author of the Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca, Witch Hunts, Wiccan Warrior, Full Contact Magick and Magickal Self Defense. Kerr has a column with 182 articles on anti-defamation issues and hate crimes on The Witches’ Voice web site called Witch Hunts. Kerr is the former Preceptor General of Officers of Avalon, an organization representing Neo-Pagan professionals in the emergency services (police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians). Kerr retired from the Vancouver Police Department in November 2005 after serving 29 years with them. He was awarded the Governor General’s Exemplary Service Medal. Kerr's past job assignments within the VPD include the Emergency Response Team, Hostage Negotiator, Child Abuse Investigator, Gang Crime Unit, and the Mental Health Emergency Services Unit. Kerr went on to be a police dispatcher and trainer for ECOMM for Southwestern BC. Kerr retired from law enforcement work in April 2013. Kerr is the founder of a Wiccan order of Knighthood called the Order of Paladins in November 2007. The Order embraces the Warrior philosophies, precepts and code of chivalry outlined in Kerr’s books. The Order of Paladins is a study group for people interested in Wiccan magick, energy work and rituals related to the Warrior path, focusing on empowerment, personal development and creative expression. The training focuses on the effective use of magickal energy and developing psychic skills. Courses are taught on line through the Ardantane School of Magick, where Kerr is on faculty. The Order of Paladins is constantly developing new rituals, and magick and studying our Warrior philosophy. Our members are spread across the globe and connect through local preceptories and on line. All members are expected to participate and contribute. Kerr is now the National Secretary of the Royal Astrononomical Society of Canada.
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4 Responses to Unexpected Joy

  1. Janet (Redhairedwitch) says:

    This is wonderful, Kerr. It choked me up. To give the gift of fantasy in the pages of a book is divine. To have it create some sort of healing is pure Magic. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Joanna DeVoe says:

    What a great moment! THANK YOU for sharing this, Kerr.

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