Orna Ross
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“A delicate balance of fact and fiction which kept me riveted from beginning to end.” – The Bookbag

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“Like seeing light through the trees at sunrise.” – Jeffrey Shaw, Creative Warriors

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Poems that…“reach into the corners of your soul and pull out all that is beautiful.” – SoWrite Linda

Poetry

“Essential Advice for all authors but especially self-publishing indie authors.”  – Joel Friedlander

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My Books

An author interview a while ago described me as “a writer always on the lookout for buried treasure”. I’d say that’s true.

My books span fiction, nonfiction and poetry but all aim to point readers towards what I think of as life’s richest, most elusive, treasure: the font of our creative potential.

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Get the "Secret Rose" Special Edition Book

This is something super-special for any true book lover. I spent the early part of 2015 putting together this hardback book, in celebration of 150th birth anniversary of the great poet WB Yeats. It took a lot of work but this is a beautiful piece of visual and literary art that should give great joy to any lover of fine fiction and poetry—especially those with an interest in Ireland and Irish cultural history. Only 500 (numbered) copies of this special, collector’s edition will ever be made available; each signed, lovingly wrapped, and dispatched directly from me to the reader.

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"An incredible literary debut that will have the reader absolutely enthralled."

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Sunday Independent
"Puts culpable, fragile flesh and blood—lots of blood—on a defining moment in Irish history… Of particular delight are the many unexpected twists and turns."

Sunday Independent

Sunday Independent
"A hauntingly captivating read."
Amazon
"With this little book of big, big poems, Orna Ross reaches into the corners of your soul and pulls out all that is beautiful... Inspiring and humbling..."

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Irish Independent
"Ransacks the best scholarly sources and ingeniously knits a complex tale of betrayal, revenge, suspense, love -- and surprise."

Irish Independent

My blog

Love Hurts? No Way
Love hurts, they say. I say, no way. The only thing that never hurts is love. Lust festers, envy bites. Loss skewers, rejection spikes. Passion burns, craving seethes. Romance...
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A Celtic Creation Story
The first recorded Irish stories were Celtic. They presented our world as eternal, represented by the famous knotwork art produced for centuries in Ireland’s monasteries. There are fewer stories about the...
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Moments of Creative Presence on Instagram?
Are you on Instagram? Do you like writing or reading haiku? Instagram is my new toy and I’m now posting a haiku (with picture) there each day. The idea is...
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WB Yeats’s Fanatic Heart Was Not For Ireland But For Love Itself
“It was all ‘father, oh father’,” Bob Geldof says, mimicking a pious voice addressing a priest. Then in his own voice: “F**k off, you’re not my father.” Geldof is railing against...
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WB Yeats & Maud Gonne: The Greatest Love Story That Never Was?
Out today, in ebook: the first book of my WB Yeats – Maud Gonne trilogy in standalone edition. [The special edition edition is now withdrawn in ebook format but...
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Redesign In Progress
You might have noticed a new look around here and that you haven’t had your newsletter for a while. I’m working with the wonderful Pixbee Design to upgrade the website,...
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What’s Happening in Self-publishing News
Want to know the latest news in self-publishing? Click over to my creative Alliance of Independent Authors partners and friends blog at the ALLi Author Advice Centre and discover what...
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Talking to the BBC about self-publishing
BBC interview with video journalist Dougal Shaw, together with other fab folk like Michael Tamblyn of Kobo, John Bond of Whitefox and others doing interesting selfpubbie things.
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What’s Happening in Self-publishing News
Creatives can keep up with all that’s happening in the ever-growing self-publishing industry with a quick click over to my partners and friends at ALLi. In our regular self-publishing...
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What’s Happening in Self-publishing this Week
Fellow indie authors ….  Look, listen and learn all that’s happening in self-publishing news by a quick click over to regular posts by my creative colleagues and friends on...
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Creative Is The Opposite To Consumerist
Going creative is a choice that the conventional world doesn’t want you to make. Convention prefers you to play safe, to avoid adventure and opiate yourself with TV, pornified sex,...
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Go Creative Guest: Mavis & Pops Staples
I’ll be writing all about BEA Chicago in my first Monday opinion column on the self-publishing advice blog, shortly. But I wanted to bring you guys this highlight. Mavis Staples was...
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The Font of All Creative Achievement
It shouldn’t surprise us that we travel through this world as we do, full of desires: we’re children of longing. Some years ago, by some strange destiny, an egg...
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The Creative Brain and Mental Illness
Virginia Woolf, Vincent Van Gogh, Diane Arbus, and Ernest Hemingway were all highly creative people who lost their battle with mental illness through suicide. I’ve long been interested in the links...
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WB Yeats’s Fanatic Heart Was Not For Ireland But For Love Itself
“It was all ‘father, oh father’,” Bob Geldof says, mimicking a pious voice addressing a priest. Then in his own voice: “F**k off, you’re not my father.” Geldof is railing against...
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