Noblesville resident Francesca Quarto has released her first book, “Wolf Master of Iron Mountain,” in the “Witch of Appalachia” series about a young woman who is part of a clan of Celtic Mages with magical roots going back to the Dark Times.
“While this is my first novel, I have published poetry and many articles,” Quarto said.
Quarto said the series is written in the young adult-adult urban fantasy/paranormal genre.
“My reading habits are fairly eclectic and I enjoyed everything from Nancy Drew to Edgar Allen Poe as a young girl. I have always loved fantasy and read quite a lot of science fiction, Clark, Asimov, Bradberry, etc. when I was growing up. I love a great mystery and enjoyed Robert Parker immensely,” she said. “Also I am a huge fan, along with millions of others, of Harry Potter, so I guess my yearning for magic is part of my DNA.”
Quarto said she came up with the idea of “Wolf Master of Iron Mountain” when she was thinking about the Appalachian Mountains, an area she lived in for a few years when she was younger.
“I was always impressed with the deep wooded region and the dark beauty of the forests,” she said. “I guess I just let my imagination roam around there for a bit. I have been told that the young Celtic Mage of my books is very much like me, I find that pretty amusing since I’m very Italian and haven’t seen my early 20s since bell-bottoms were in.”
The book and the series to follow is intended for young adult readers, or as Quarto said, “like Harry Potter, for a general audience.”
“It is not written in Peter Rabbit English, but hopefully in intelligent conversational tone,” she said.
Quarto is writing the third book in this series, “The Witch of Appalachia,” and already has been thinking of Cathleen O’Brien’s next adventure.
“I usually start with an idea that incorporates places I am familiar with and do lots of research to fill in some background detail. I hope my readers enjoy the adventure as it unfolds as much as I do,” she said.
“Wolf Master of Iron Mountain” is available in soft cover and digital format on Amazon.com.
Quarto moved to Noblesville almost three years ago. She serves as president of the Noon Kiwanis Club and she and her husband, Patrick Mohan, enjoy volunteering in many city activities and events.
Quarto will have a book signing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2 at Barnes & Noble, 17090 Mercantile Blvd., Noblesville.
About the book
Young Cathleen O’Brien comes from a poor Irish immigrant family, but she was enriched from her earliest childhood by a father who gave her the perfect treasure: magic. Cathleen is part of a clan of Celtic Mages with magical roots going back to the Dark Times. After she purchases a radio station in a remote mountain town, she’ll need her magic just to survive. Iron Mountain was a booming coal mining town in the late 1800s, but there is a sinister cloud hanging over this beautiful mountain setting. Old news clippings tell of town folk hunted down and murdered and visitors disappearing off the trails, never to be seen again. When Cathleen investigates these legends, she discovers the town sheriff, Jason, is as interesting as the town’s past. With his help, she struggles to uncover the secrets behind the shadow of violence that hangs over the town. But the closer they get to the truth, the more she wonders if her trust and attraction for Jason are a mistake.