Who is Sean O'Mordha

  
   The sandhills of western Nebraska seem like an endless, rolling sea of grass, except for a long, narrow oasis along the North Platte River. It was here the wagon trains heading west rumbled along the Oregon Trail, and it was here German emigrants escaping Russian Bolshevic death squads came to do what they knew best - farm. The economic center of this region is Scottsbluff, named for the monolith that casts its historic shadow over the verdant valley. In October 1942 the Army began training operations for its pilots manning B-17 and B-24 bombers for the world at war. Sean's father arrived for training and met his mother, a quiet farm girl living in the area. They were married and Sean was born in the fall of 1943. Unfortunately, his father's plane exploded on take-off in England two months to the day before his birth.

     His mother re-married a returned vet eighteen months after Sean's birth and he spent his developing years in normal childhood endeavors, but one thing that stood out was his natural ability at telling stories, something that carried through his adult years.

     Writing naturally followed and upon graduation from high school, he landed a job as a journalist on a major metropolitan newspaper. His first major assignment was to report on a new bookstore opening. On the surface that seemed benign, but this was 1962 and the Cold War was well underway. What he discovered was that the bookstore was a front for an cell of the Communist Party with the intent to stir opposition to growing US involvement in the Vietnam war. His article stirred considerable interest, enough to force the Party to vacate town.

     Working as a journalist and attending college kept him reasonably busy until in 1963 he received an invitation from the government -- an all expense-paid trip to SE Asia. That was a life-changing event. When he returned home in 1968 he no longer saw journalism as a career, but law enforcement instead, a work he performed for 21 years, retiring at the age of 47. He had served as head of a Federal Enforcement Agency and prosecutor for ten years and literally became burned out.

     That period of life did not mean he didn't continue storytelling. He wrote numerous articles for National and International police journals, historical publications, and short stories. Because of his work in government, he was familiar with a new tool coming available to the general public to be known as the Internet. In 1990 he began using it to access library data banks around the world, gathering research for writing projects, however by 2000 he decided to shift away from fact and indulge in fiction. Since then, he has written and published numerous short stories and by 2012 published 10 novels incorporating historical elements.

     When electronic publishing landed on the traditional publishing world, he joined with others to create Celtic Publications of Nevada which publishes his works and the works of other writers, and provides help in the way of guidance and editing.

    


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