WHITE BIRD — Fans of local author Inis L. Fal will be happy to hear that her second book has been published.
Fal, of White Bird, wrote “When the Lion Roars” which was published in 2015. This month, she has come out with the second in the series, “The Kurgan’s Secret ~ Lost in the Kingdom of Moesia.”
The 410-page book spans a variety of cultures and geographic spaces. Fal said. The sequel to her first book starts on the Isle of Skye off Scotland’s coastline. Here, four archaeologists are working on a Norse burial longboat.
From the Silk Road and ancient ruins of Kyrgyzstan, across Russian’s steppes to the Black Sea region, the four join forces with some unlikely allies.
“This picks up where the first novel left off, adding new characters,” Fal said.
Something different for Fal this time around was penning the book on the computer rather than first writing it out longhand.
“My typing and grammar skills improved during the process,” she laughed.
Fal was homeschooled on a rural mountain farm and now not only is an author, but also works as a substitute teacher in Grangeville. She enjoys “dabbling in foreign languages,” she smiled. She currently takes Russian language lessons and continues to study the Icelandic tongue.
For the past three years, Fal has spent the summers in Iceland where she works on sheep farms during lambing season specifically and further hones her language skills.
“I first wanted to travel there because it’s part of my [ethnic] heritage,” she said. “Then, I fell in love with the country.”
In her spare time, she likes to research, play the ancient Armenian dudek and weave pine needle baskets.