Jayel Gibson: "...A wanderer and a dreamer..."
By her grandmother's side, Jayel Gibson listened with eager anticipation as her grandmother wove traditional Celtic folklore and fairy tales into stories. These tales fascinated and captivated her imagination, greatly influencing the direction of her own writing and storytelling. This love for mythology drove Gibson to eventually craft the "Ancient Mirrors Tales," a series of fantasy novels that delve into an ancient, magical world where humans live alongside dragons and wizards.
Gibson holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Multicultural Studies. In 1989, she became an elementary school teacher in Escondido, Calif., where she taught the fourth and fifth grades. During her time in Escondido, she was a two-time "Teacher of the Year" recipient for the Escondido Union School District. In 2003, Gibson retired from teaching to wholly pursue her passion for writing. Using the seedlings of her grandmother's Celtic tales and alternate worlds, Gibson formed the "Ancient Mirrors Tales," which include Dragon Queen, The Wrekening, Damselflies, and Quondam.
Quondam was awarded the 2008 National Indie Excellence Award and a USA Book News 'Best Books 2008' Finalist Award in the fantasy and sci-fi category. Gibson received a 2007 Writer's Digest International Book Award Honorable Mention for her previous novel, Damselflies, and the "Ancient Mirrors" series received two USA Book News '2007 Best Books' finalist awards.
Gibson's interest in history and folklore is woven throughout her tales to create an otherworldly, yet authentic experience. Through her research into Celtic and Anglo-Saxon cultures, Gibson's "Ancient Mirrors" enchants readers in a world and time unlike their own.
In addition to a full-time writing career, Gibson serves as an adjunct professor at Southwestern Oregon Community College, where she teaches writing for publication. Gibson currently resides in Port Orford, Ore., where she and her husband share their home with a number of furred and feathered companions. She is a popular convention and conference speaker at events like OryCon, Wordstock Book Festival and the South Coast Writers Conference, and is the online book moderator for Realms of Fantasy magazine.
She has been a contributor for Dallas Child Magazine, Louisiana Parents Magazine, Education.com and Thefatherlife.com.
To schedule an interview, or book signing event with Jayel Gibson or to request a review copy of an Ancient Mirrors title please contact Shelby Sledge at (512) 478-2028 ext. 227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.