Away from her civic duties, it transpires Bride Parish Commissioner Michèle Edwin is a prolific author.
Written under her maiden name of McGrath – thanks to a promise made to her mother – Michèle’s titles have tallied impressive online sales.
Her latest paperback release, Manannan’s Magic, has hit the shelves of Manx bookshops this summer, having previously won the Fantasy category at the UK Authors awards.
Born in Ramsey, Michèle spent her childhood in Douglas, though adds she was fortunate enough to ‘go far away’ and witness stirring events; she knew the Beatles in Liverpool, she saw the Berkeley riots while in California. She was in London during the Swinging Sixties, and enjoyed spells living in Paris and Grenoble.
In 2007, she started to write fiction and enter writing competitions, with some success. Her first children’s book, A Night in the Manx Museum, has been used in Manx schools, and she won an International prize for Kilmainham Dawn in 2008. In 2012 she decided to concentrate on ‘e-book’ publishing and Manx paperbacks. Since March this year, she has reported thousands of downloads on internet retailer Amazon and three international best sellers.
Manannan’s Magic follows the tale of a mortal man in the year 800AD, who has visions of impending invasion on his peaceful community.
Michèle said Scottish crime writer Val McDermid gave her the idea.
‘She mentioned our myths in a talk she gave on the island and said someone should write about them.
‘My husband mentioned it to me and I started to think how I could put a twist in the legend. The result is Manannan’s Magic’
It is expected that the sequel, Niamh of the Golden Hair, will follow in the late autumn.