My perspective: Progressive Wiccan/Pagan with strong Celtic influences.
Several reasons! First of all (and I tell this story in the book), I made a promise to Brigid back in college that if She would help me finish a short story for my fiction class, I'd write a book for Her. She sent along the inspiration, but I did not complete my end of the bargain. I forgot about it completely and went about my life, wondering why my writing career could never launch beyond a MySpace blog with 20 followers. Eventually, people started asking me about book recommendations about Brigid. I would refer them to Irish prayer books and Celtic myths. Finally, it made sense to just put one together with all the things I was sending people around to find, scavenger-hunt style. It was also about that time that in ritual, I was reminded of a promise I'd made a decade before. I knew I needed to write the book to make good my word to Brigid, and also try to help people find the resources they were looking for. (Continued below.)
First of all, it's the completion of a childhood dream. When I was little, I practiced scribbling my signature on notebook paper, pretending I was signing autographs in a book I'd written. As I grew up, when I engaged in moments of self-reflection such as, "If you died tomorrow, what would you regret?" my answer always was, "Never having written a book." There's a deep accomplishment, but also a thirst for more. I'm now working on my second book which will come out in the fall of 2016. I also feel like I've made a genuine contribution to the Spiritual community as a whole. I feel like it's the guidebook many practitioners could use to seal their understanding of the Goddess.
I hope it provides people with the understanding of the universality of this Goddess. There are a lot of individuals who are drawn to Brigid strictly for her Celtic connections. That is absolutely valid--please understand! Brigid was the Patroness of practically everything the Ancient and contemporary Celtic peoples found of paramount importance. But if someone doesn't come from Celtic roots, I want them to see how absolutely open and accessible she is. Celtic-Card not required! I'm also hoping the feedback and the responses will help me figure out what to write about her in the future. I don't think this is my last Brigid book, but I have no idea what that next one will be!
I don't know that I'm uniquely qualified--I'm uniquely stubborn! I think this idea was floating around on a lot of people's minds and it landed on my mind, too. I've been to Ireland a number of times and did a lot of rituals in honor of Brigid. My sheer curiosity and desire to get this book out in the public made it happen. I was blessed with access to libraries of Columbia University and the New York Public Library which armed me with incredible information. I also took a massive research/pilgrimage trip through Ireland, Wales, and Southern England, looking at the ancient Churches and sites and piecing Brigid's identity together. At the risk of sounding far too vague, it was both impossibly easy and massively complicated at the same time.