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Michael K. Reynolds

Michael K. Reynolds

Genres:
Historical
Michael K. Reynolds is the writer and producer of Emmy and Telly Award-winning film campaigns and has more than two decades of experience in fiction, journalism, copywriting, and documentary production. Michael and his family live in Nevada.
A Sense of Hope: Michael K. Reynolds

A Sense of Hope: Michael K. Reynolds

(January 2013)
Rel Mollet
He had the idea for the novel in college—but it took 20 years to make it to the printed page.

Michael K. Reynolds’ first novel in his Irish historical family saga, Flight of the Earls (B&H Fiction), is now on shelves. Although it took a while, he doesn’t feel as if the span of time from idea to paperback was wasted.

“I consider it an act of God’s mercy in guiding me to lay down my fiction pen for so long. In retrospect, I had a tremendous amount of spiritual and relational growing to do before I was prepared to write this novel.”

Siblings Clare and Seamus Hanley set out for America in 1846 after their family farm in Ireland is decimated by famine, discovering adventure, love and a shocking secret. “Both of these characters were forced to rise above their upbringing and their tragic circumstances,” shares Michael. “Clare is lifted by her powerful inner drive to care for others. Seamus is burdened by his past and often drifts without purpose, but his tantalizing glow of potential is what draws us to him.”

Each book in the Heirs of Ireland trilogy is spiritually themed around a member of the Trinity, in a subtle yet foundational manner, as Michael explains. “Flight of the Earls is centered around fatherhood. It explores the generational impact of our earthly fathers and our desperate need for connection with our heavenly Father.”

Michael’s hope is that readers will experience a range of emotions as they read his story. “Historical novelists are tasked with transporting readers to a different place and time, while providing an experience which relates to the present. Emotions are what make this possible. To be successful we must include the full pageantry of human expression. Laughter, tears, anger and jealousy—these are but a few of the ingredients of realism—but if there is one emotion I would want to linger long after the book is put down, that would be a sense of hope.”
 
 

 

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