Pseudonym: Phyllis Ames.
Irene has been writing stories ever since she figured out
what a pencil was for. Combining a love for Medieval
history and a fascination with paranormal, Irene
concentrated on fantasy writing.
In her spare time, Irene enjoys lacemaking and is a long
time member of an international guild. Check out THE
LONELIEST MAGICIAN, The Dragon Nimbus #3 for an exploration
of her favorite obsession. A piece of magic lace is, of
course the obvious patch for a dragon wing. She has
published numerous magazine articles about the history and
technique of lacemaking as well as self publishing two
lacemaker's fairy tales with lace patterns that can be made
up to illustrate the stories. When she isn't writing or
making lace she enjoys exploring the back roads and many
museums of the Pacific Northwest.
For many years Irene was active in Ballet du Lac, a semi-
pro ballet company. She taught ballet to youngsters in her
local community school program. At the same time she led a
Cub Scout pack and frequently found her home the
neighborhood preferred playground for many more children
than she thought possible.
Irene has held many full and part time jobs from Insurance
underwriter to assistant curator of a museum to clerk in a
fabric store. Writing is now her "day job."
A native Oregonian living in Oregon, Irene is a member of
an endangered species. As a service brat, she lived in a
number of cities throughout the country until returning to
Oregon in time to graduate from Tigard High School. She
earned a B.A. in history from Lewis and Clark College,
where she met her husband. Historical research has remained
a lifelong passion and finally became a part of her job
with the historical fantasy series Merlin's Descendants.
They currently make their home in Welches, Oregon where
they share their back yard with deer, coyotes, bear,
raccoons and too many bird species to mention.
Her first sales in book length fiction is the DRAGON NIMBUS
SERIES, beginning with THE GLASS DRAGON.
The three books in The Dragon Nimbus History Series are
currently on the shelves as well. The Renegade Dragon was
released in November 1999.
THE WIZARD'S TREASURE The Dragon Nimbus #4 (October 2000)
ties up many of the loose ends of both series.
Now she's working on the Stargods triology set in the same
world. The Hidden Dragon is on the stands. The Dragon
Circle will be released late next year. The third book is
as yet untitled.
GUARDIAN OF THE BALANCE, Merlin's Descendants #1 deals with
Merlin's daughter and her stormy relationship with both her
dad and King Arthur. This historical fantasy has been
called an important addition to Arthurian literature.
GUARDIAN OF THE TRUST, Merlin's Descendants #2 takes a
different look at how the Magna Carta came to be. The third
book of the series GUARDIAN OF THE VISION, takes us through
the early years of Queen Elizabeth I. The next installment,
GUARDIAN OF THE PROMISE will be released April 2003 in
hardcover. This book takes children from VISION who must
deal with the Spanish Armada.
Irene has three published shortstories and a fourth on the
way. "The Sword of Herakles" in the Olympus anthology
edited by Martin Greenburg and Bruce Arthurs spins into the
Merlin's Descendants series. "The Divi" is in the Treachery
and Treason anthology in March 2000, a stand alone piece --
for the time being. "Draconis Ex Machina" reveals events
leading up to THE GLASS DRAGON. It was in the DAW 30th
Anniversary Fantasy Anthology, hardcover May 2002.
Another short stories will be forthcoming in the Space
Station anthology edited by John Helfers from DAW books.
Books:A Spoonful of Magic, November 2017
Mass Market Paperback
The Wandering Dragon, August 2014
The Silent Dragon, February 2013
Chicory Up, May 2012
Thistle Down, June 2011
The Dragon Nimbus NovelsVolume II, December 2007
Dragon Nimbus Novels)