Plymouth writer Joe Monninger previews his work-in-progress based on an Irish myth

PLYMOUTH — Pease Public Library will present Joseph Monninger, author of more than twenty novels and professor at Plymouth State University discussing his current work-in-progress on Tuesday, February 4 at 7 p.m. in the library's Community Room. Because he has published novels in five decades, Monninger will also speak about the change in the publishing world, the use of a penname, and the effect of myth on story.

On a trip to Gili, Indonesia – one of the settings for his best-known novel, Eternal on the Water, Joseph Monninger first encountered the Irish folk tale of Tir na nOg. It is the story of Oisin (a human hero) and Niamh (a woman of the otherworld) and their life and love on a magical island. Now he has taken the story and written it for a modern audience and has also used it as the framework for an historical novel set at the prisoner of war camp in Stark, New Hampshire during World War II.

The novel, The Major's Daughter, will be published in July 2014 under the penname, J.P. Francis. His modern telling of Tir na nOg is now available to read, either electronically or in print, from Pease Public Library. The PDF of the script can be downloaded from, or, alternatively, a paper copy can be signed out at the library desk. Attendees are encouraged to read the text before the presentation. This program will be of interest to writers as well as those who enjoy reading Monninger's work.