I am just Jayel from Port Orford. No more, no less.
I like cafe breves in the morning and Ben and Jerry's Peanut Buttercup ice cream in the evening. I enjoy giggling with friends, cuddling with Teddy the Molluccan cockatoo, face hugs from my sugar gliders, romps with Duffy the Scottie, and leisurely dinners with my husband at a great fish and chips place called 'The Crazy Norwegian.' I love the forest, seashore and fog that clothe the southern Oregon coast. I am a wanderer and dreamer, a student of Celtic history, folklore and faith, and an avid PC gamer. In addition, I write fantasy.
If you are interested in keeping up with the Ancient Mirrors fantasy series and my travels, check out Jayel's Journal or visit my website.
I keep a plate of warm and chewy virtual cookies around for the kid in all of us, so feel free to lie on the floor or nestle into a comfortable chair, snack on a cookie and chat me up.
Beoð ge gesunde, Jayel
The Publicist's Version:
Jayel Gibson listened with eager anticipation as her grandmother wove traditional Celtic folklore and fairy tales into stories. These tales fascinated and captivated her imagination, greatly influencing the direction of her own writing and storytelling. This love for mythology drove Gibson to eventually craft the “Ancient Mirrors Tales,” a series of fantasy novels that delve into an ancient, magical world where humans live alongside dragons and wizards.
Gibson holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Multicultural Studies from the San Diego University. In 1989, she became an elementary school teacher in Escondido, Calif., where she taught the fourth and fifth grades. During her time in Escondido, she was a two-time “Teacher of the Year” recipient for the Escondido Union School District. In 2003, Gibson retired from teaching to wholly pursue her passion for writing. Using the seedlings of her grandmother’s Celtic tales and alternate worlds, Gibson formed the “Ancient Mirrors Tales,” which include Dragon Queen, The Wrekening, Damselflies, and Quondam.
The final chapter of the four-part, epic-adventure Ancient Mirrors series features strong female characters who do not hesitate to stand up for themselves. The final installment, Quondam (Synergy Books, May 2008, ISBN 1-933538-83-X), follows Cwen of Aaradan who has fallen into a mysterious world where she must face tragedy and heartbreak that lead her into the middle of a devastating war. Fighting alongside an embittered dragonspawn to unseat the wood nymph queen, she finally restores order and magic to Quondam. Quondam was awarded the 2008 National Indie Excellence Award in the fantasy and sci-fi category. Gibson also received a 2007 Writer’s Digest Book Awards Honorable Mention, and two USA Book News ‘2007 Best Books’ Awards for novels in the Ancient Mirrors series.
Gibson’s interest in history and folklore is woven throughout the tale to create an otherworldly, yet authentic experience. Through her research into Celtic and Anglo-Saxon cultures, Gibson’s “Ancient Mirrors” enchants readers in a world and time unlike their own. Quondam and the other tales are also grounded in elements gleaned from the world of role-playing games.
In addition to a full-time writing career, Gibson serves as an adjunct professor at Southwestern Oregon Community College, where she teaches writing for publication classes. Gibson currently resides in Port Orford, Ore., where she and her husband share their home with a number of furred and feathered companions. She is a popular conference panelist and speaker at events like Portland’s OryCon and the South Coast Writers Conference. She is the online book club moderator for Realms of Fantasy magazine and has been a contributor for Louisiana Parent’s Magazine, Dallas Child Magazine, Education.com and Thefatherlife.com. For more information, visit www.ancientmirrors.com or www.jayelgibson.com .
To schedule an interview or book event with Jayel Gibson, or request a review copy of Quondam please contact Shelby Sledge at (512) 478-2028 ext. 227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.