About the Book
Thais is perhaps one of Mick Rooney's most powerful and poignant books and is the one he is most often requested to read from at public readings. It combines the common poetic fairytale and stark historical themes which appear in much of his fictional work. Thais was written after the author had read Marco Nahon's moving book, 'Birkenau, The Camp of Death' and also after he watched Claude Lanzmann's extraordinary holocaust film, 'Shoah'.
In Thais, we are at the mercy of our persecutors and the ravages of history and childhood fairytales. Written in two distinct parts, Thais is a cinematic journey of two worlds colliding unforgettably against a landscape of cruelty and beauty.
I am a writer of fiction from the Republic of Ireland. I have published eight books since 1990, including the novel, Academy, and most recently Filigree & Shadow. Over two years ago I began researching the publishing industry, and in particular Independent, POD (print-on-demand) and Subsidy/Self Publishers. Many of the findings of that research can be found at my site, POD, Self Publishing & Independent Publishing, together with my own experiences in the world of writing and publishing. I am also a contributor to Publishing Basics Magazine, Publitariat, selfpublishingreview.com and many writer and publisher forums.