The Owl Woman's legend tells of a gold cup, a form of grail, unseen for hundreds of year, its memory kept alive in the stories of Richard Bryde - member of the Hellfire Club and arch druid. His descendent Professor Jacob Bryde, keeper of Celtic studies at the British Museum, is fascinated by these stories and has has been hunting the cup ever since. But now, Jacob is dead under mysterious circumstances, and his daughter Vicki, following a disturbing dream of his death, goes home to find out what happened and old things begin to surface - Jacob's obsession with his ancestors; his mistress' mania to find the grail; her own lover from the past. And the Owl Woman herself, wanting to settle old scores.
Elen Sentier (1948-present) is an Awenydd (British shaman) from a long family tradition. She lives in the Welsh Marches with her husband, 2 cats and a host of wildlife. She teaches on the internet and in Britain See more on Facebook and her Wordpress blog.
Elen was born on Dartmoor in Britain. Her father was an engineer and awenydd, her mother was the youngest daughter of a Manx witch. Elen grew up first on Dartmoor and then on Exmoor, spending much of free her time exploring the moors on horseback. One of her uncles, a farmer, spoke with animals, showed Elen how to call a wild merlin-falcon down to her wrist and how to call owls. She spent a lot of time with him learning the ways of animals and plants from the ancient Celtic traditions handed down through the family. She worked for 25 years in computing and finance in the Ministry of Defence, then in private practice as a Transpersonal psychotherapist. Now she writes and teaches shamanism.
Her first novel, "Owl Woman", is a mystery/murder/romance with a strong supernatural theme set in Exmoor. Her second, "Moon Song" is based in the Tristan/Isoldé story and set near Tintagel in Cornwall where her father lived during WWII. She is currently writing the third, set in the Welsh Marches where she lives and based in the local Merlin-legend. The hero, an itinerant musician, finds himself time-travelling and shapeshifting into his alter ego, the 5th century magician who crowned King Arthur; with the help of a local girl he has to find 3 gold torcs which were lost when he ran away from home. Elen also writes "how-to" books on shamanism and magic.
NB - awenydd is a British word meaning "spirit keeper"