During Halloween, I made an interesting discovery about my heritage. I am of Irish and Scottish descent while my name Grady originates from the Gaelic word “Gradaigh”, which means “noble”. After doing some research, I realized that my ancestors created a festival called Samhain thousands of years ago, which combined with All Soul’s Day to become Halloween. They wore masks and invented the forerunners of Trick-Or-Treating and the Jack O-Lantern, which was with a turnip instead of a pumpkin. The fact that my ancestors partially invented Halloween might explain why it is inherently my favorite holiday. It’s in my blood!
When I write my books, I often draw inspiration from people I know such as friends and family. Even though my ancestors have been dead for centuries, they are still my family. With this in mind, I might draw inspiration from my ancestors’ Samhain festival in the fantasy world I will create in one of my spin-off stories. I think this will be a good way for me to further connect with my roots.