Comox Valley author Linda Christian Diver will be signing her book, The Irish Affair, at The Laughing Oyster at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.
Diver’s short stories and poetry have been published in several anthologies including The Paragon Collection, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, Iris, and Bread ‘N Molasses. She is the holder of the Pacific Region Arts Council First Place award 2006 and Third Prize for flash fiction in Ascent Aspirations 2013 anthology.
Born in Ireland, Diver’s early years strongly parallel those of her protagonist’s youngest child. She lived in a family hotel in County Mayo managed by her mother, while her father served in the British Admiralty and then MI5 during WWII.
Although her personal story took her from Ireland at the age of seven, those early days were the inspiration for her fiction novel, The Irish Affair.
Five years were devoted to research, and several more sharing excerpts with fellow writers, before “I knuckled down this year and spent eight hours a day for six months to get it finished.”