F.T. McKinstry grew up studying music and classical literature, and at a young age developed a deep love for fantasy and the esoteric, of which she was an avid reader. J.R.R. Tolkien was her most powerful influence. With a background in computer electronics and software development, she wrote and illustrated technical documentation for many years, during which time she created the fantasy world of Ealiron. A passion for fairy tales and a lifelong study of mythology, plant and animal lore, Celtic legend, shamanism, psychology and mysticism provide inspiration and scope for her work.
Ms. McKinstry has published fantasy in Aoife’s Kiss and Tales of the Talisman. She also has a short story collection coming out soon from Wild Child Publishing.
Ms. McKinstry lives in northern New England with her husband, three spoiled cats and a live-planted aquarium. Other pastimes include oil painting, tinkering in her greenhouse, growing gardens, stacking wood, and yoga.