June Molloy was born in Dublin but moved to Wexford when she was five years old, initially to a small cottage halfway up the Blackstairs Mountain and later to the coastal village of Blackwater. She loved reading from an early age and devoured as many books as she could get her hands on, often reading under the covers by torchlight after lights out. She also loved the great outdoors and remembers happy times chasing lambs around fields and fishing for herring and mackerel from her uncle’s boat.
In 2013, June took voluntary redundancy from her job and embarked on a three-month tour of Europe in a camper van, ending in her husband’s home country of Lithuania. Having lived in Dublin since leaving school, June was eager to get back to country life and so they bought a small house in their village and set about restoring it. They now live as self-sufficiently as possible, growing most of their own vegetables and keeping some animals. June began her blog, http://www.myfoododyssey.com, to share stories of their travels and food adventures with others.
A keen photographer, June loves to capture the beauty of the countryside and wildlife that surrounds them. The idea for this book came to her when she was out taking photos and spotted a fox and a deer running across a field together. She immediately began to relate their adventure to Arūnas, who played along, encouraging the story. Eventually, it grew so large in her head that she had to get it down on paper.
The result was Guardian of Giria!