Gifford MacShane is the author of historical novels featuring a family of Irish immigrants who settle in the Arizona Territory in the late 1800s. Her debut novel, Whispers In The Canyon (Book 1 of The Donovan Family Saga), was acquired by SoulMate Publishing and is now available on Amazon.

MacShane has always loved folk music, whether it be Irish, Appalachian, or the songs of the cowboys. Her love of the Old West goes back to childhood, when her father introduced her to the works of Zane Grey. She became interested in the Irish diaspora after realizing her father’s family must have lived through An Gorta Mor, the Great Irish Potato Famine of the mid-1800s. Writing allows her to combine these three interests into a series of family stories, each with romance and a dash of Celtic mysticism.

Gifford is a member of the Historical Novel Society and SavvyAuthors, and an #OwnVoices writer. Having grown up as part of a large & often boisterous Irish-American family, she is intimately acquainted with the workings of such a clan and has used her experiences to good purpose (though no names will be named!)

A self-professed grammar nerd who still loves diagramming sentences, Giff currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband Richard, the Pied Piper of stray cats. An avid gardener, she cultivates pollinator plants and grows tomatoes (not enough) and zucchini (too much). She also collects art glass and bird figurines. You can contact her below.


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