Denis McClean

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First and foremost, thanks for dropping by. This is me wearing my welcome face and yes, it was a happy day, which means at least one of my favourite people was holding the camera.

I try to never judge a book by its cover, which is why I’ve made 3 Chapter Previews of all my novels and novellas freely available from this site. There is also a full copy of Fanore as a token of my appreciation for your visit.

Please Enjoy.

However, the same advice applies to the subjects of my books, which are people, places and also some common, and quite often, very mistaken perceptions.

People are seldom what they seem, even when we think we know them. The thing is, they only show us what they want us to see, which is pretty much the way we operate. They also think they are at the centre of the universe and believe or not, some of them may be closer to it than us. We need to put people and places into the correct perspective.

Some people who appear damaged can be surprisingly strong and most of the ‘so called’ handicapped people that we come across every day, will usually compensate with qualities or attributes that we simply never needed to perfect.

Places are much shallower than people in that they are much easier to discern and yet, what you see in a place is seldom what you get. Take this sedate looking stretch of water as an example. It looks like any beach along Irelands Wild Atlantic Way and it is, but only for the moment.  But, a moment to us is a lifetime to something else and an age to our world is long enough for us to crawl out of the mud only to become extinct.

Some really powerful winter storms regularly move layers of sand around my beach just as they physically reshape the harder sea and rock border.  The rocks behind me are fully covered some years and then stripped bare again in others, like this year.

The ‘sandy’ end of the beach that I’m facing has also lost much of its cover this year, and sticking out of it are patches of a long lost bog that the sea likes to play peekaboo with.

Inside that bog is a section of petrified interglacial forest. A shallow dig (hands only) exposes oak branches that are many thousands of years old that grew in forests where people never got to walk.  

The fact is, God or Destiny doesn’t seem to have decided what my beach will ultimately be. Buried beneath it is evidence that it started out as a primeval tropical swamp. But that was long before it was covered by a glacier, which melted due to climate change so a forest could live long enough to create a bog. All that melted ice made the oceans rise, so it will only be a beach temporarily.  Tomorrow, it could be totally submerged to make a reef, for a while. I have to wonder if any of us will still be around to see that.

The point I’m making is that creation is still a work in progress and creation uses evolution amongst other things, as its agent. A bit like a metaphysical god being using angels to construct a physical world with macro and sub-atomic layers that pose awkward quantum questions for modern science.

My books cover Science Fiction, Fantasy, Spirituality and I mix these genres quite liberally with history and astronomy, but I do like to keep everything very real. There is no zero to warp 10 in two seconds flat while firing all phasers and re-loading photon torpedo tubes.  Everything must work and if it doesn’t, it must be somehow viable to make my stories more believable.

I believe in people and I believe someone will walk this beach when it becomes a mountain. I hope he or she will spare a thought for us, who will make them possible just as our primitive ancestors gifted us to the world and maybe to the universe.

I like to write about vast changes but also about the flawed people who bring them about. I detail minor changes that profoundly affect only us, while the world ticks over, oblivious to our fundamental revelations.

That is hopefully some food for thought that you will take with you - as you continue through this ‘Welcome Portal’ to the other pages of my site, or to my Blog or Facebook Page. I hope that you will enjoy your visit and that you can feel free to share your thoughts and/or comment if you are so inclined, but if you’re busy, then no worries.  Another time perhaps.

If you just stopped by to download your 3 Chapter Mini-E-book Previews of each of my published books, or to get your free copy of my Fanore Novella, then go straight to the book covers above or use the navigation panel at the top of this page.

If you do have another minute or two, to spend, then let me share some more ‘Insights’ into how I go about doing what I try to do on the next page.


This me in  ‘Create Mode’

and no, I don’t always have a sushi break. I just have the perfect BFF.

Thanks Gina. Maybe in some dim and distant future, when evolution has almost run its course, most women might be something like you. Then again ... maybe not, there has to be some limits, right?

By the way, this is the little room at the back of our house where  assumptions are dissected and where new worlds must occasionally be created to accommodate the results.

It also looks like something from a very laid-back community  radio station.

Now where’s that  ’On-Air‘   


I put this little weather widget here where Gina and I can always find it  before heading out for the day or hanging out the clothes to dry.

Someone once told me that there’s there’s no such thing as poor weather, only our often poor choice of what we wear in it.

Better safe than sorry.


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Book 2

Fanore Is The

First of my

‘Thin Places’ Series of Novellas. Click the Cover for more info and to Download your FREE copy




Book 3

Skellig is the 4th & Last in the ‘Thin Places’ Series. Like the others, just click the Cover for more info and to download your 3 Chapter





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