About My Library

I have over 1200 books in my personal library, mainly historical fiction, classic fiction, and mystery/thrillers.

About Me

Hi, I’m Gifford MacShane (call me Giff), the author of historical fiction that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit.

My novels feature a family of Irish immigrants who settle in the Arizona Territory in the late 1800s. My style is both literary and accessible; with it, I draw out my characters' hidden flaws and strengths as they grapple with both physical and emotional conflicts.

Singing almost before I could talk, I’ve always loved folk music, whether it be Irish, Appalachian, spirituals, or the songs of the cowboys. My love of the Old West goes back to childhood, when my father introduced me to the works of Zane Grey. Later I became interested in the Irish diaspora, when I realized my father's family lived through An Gorta Mor, the Great Irish Potato Famine of the mid-1800s.

The Donovan Family Saga includes WHISPERS IN THE CANYON (Book 1), THE WOODSMAN’S ROSE (Book 2), RAINBOW MAN (Book 3), and THE WINDS OF MORNING, a prequel novella requested by my fans.

Writing allows me to combine my three great interests into a series of family stories, each including romance, traditional song lyrics, and a dash of Celtic mysticism. Having grown up in a large & often boisterous Irish-American family, I’m intimately acquainted with the workings of such a clan and use those experiences to good purpose (though no names will be named!)

I’m a member of the Historical Novel Society and an #OwnVoices writer. An avid gardener, I cultivate pollinator plants and grows tomatoes (not enough) and zucchini (too much). I love to sing, though my cats don’t always appreciate it. A grammar nerd who still gets a kick out of diagramming sentences, I currently live in Pennsylvania with my husband Richard, the Pied Piper of stray cats.

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