Deidre Dalton is author of the
Obsessions Saga, an eight-part series which chronicles the extraordinary
loves and intricate obsessions between two families sweeping a span of more than
one hundred years, all set against the backdrop of a Gothic seaside mansion in
twists and turns of two Irish families after they settle in America in the
John Larkin builds his vast business empire while daughter Molly and lighthouse
keeper Colm Sullivan establish a connection that will endure for generations.
Amidst murder, madness, perverse self-indulgence and avarice the two families
struggle to free themselves from a dark legacy of secrets and obsessions.
Nearly three decades in the making,
Obsessions is a unique family saga set in the genres of mystery, historical
romance and the paranormal - with hints of the macabre and classic Gothicism.
Books in the Collective Obsessions Saga
Begin the author's exclusive online journey to learn more about the indelible
characters residing within Collective Obsessions.
Fun facts about Collective Obsessions and Deidre
The eight books in the Collective Obsessions Saga were written over a
period of twenty-five years.
Before Deidre Dalton was inspired to create the saga,
The Twain Shall Meet (originally titled "Larkin") was the first and only book written about
the Larkin and Sullivan families.
Some of the characters in the Collective Obsessions
Saga are loosely based on members of Deidre's family and other real
people. Can you guess who?
Larkin family chef
is one of Deidre
Dalton's favorite characters in the
Collective Obsessions Saga. Although he only appears in the first two
novels of the series - The Advent and
Quixotic Crossings - his exuberance for life,
fluid intuition and deeply-felt compassion leave a lasting impression.
Claude was an unusual and striking figure of a man. Tall and slender, he had
blond hair and blue eyes, with a stylish gold earring studding his left
earlobe. He was energetic, forthright, effervescent, naturally friendly and
slightly effeminate, but not the least bit subservient. His sexuality
remained a deliberate mystery throughout his fictional tenure in
The eight novels in the Collective Obsessions
Saga cover a fictional time period of 143 years.
Larkin City, Maine is a fictional harbor town
created by Deidre. It is located in Waldo County, which is in the heart of
coastal Maine between the cities of Bar Harbor and Camden, and on the
western shore of Penobscot Bay. Learn more about
Larkin City >
Deidre's favorite authors and biggest writing influences include Evelyn
Anthony, Elizabeth Byrd, James Clavell, Dorothy Daniels, Ken Follett,
Marilyn Harris, Susan Kay, Stephen King, Norah Lofts, Colleen McCullough,
Marilyn Ross, Edward Rutherfurd, Bertrice Small, Barbara Taylor-Bradford,
Leon Uris, Alison Weir and Kathleen Woodiwiss.
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