Orna Ross
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I empower other authors and artists, educators and therapists, creativists and creative entrepreneurs to take their projects from desire to done — the creative way.

Creative Mentor

I write cross-generational literary and historical fiction, stories in which mysteries and secrets from the past erupt into the present.

I also write inspirational poetry and creative non-fiction guides for other indie authors and entrepreneurs.

Award-winning Novelist

My Books

My books span fiction, nonfiction and poetry but all aim to foster what I call creativism: conscious creation and creative living.

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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.

BLUE MERCY REVIEW: "An incredible literary debut that will have the reader absolutely enthralled."


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AFTER THE RISING REVIEW: "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."

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TWO-IN-ONE REVIEW: "A hauntingly captivating read."
POETRY REVIEW: "With this little book of big, big poems, Orna Ross reaches into the corners of your soul and pulls out all that is beautiful... So inspiring."


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HER SECRET ROSE REVIEW: "Ransacks the best scholarly sources and ingeniously knits a complex tale of betrayal, revenge, suspense, love -- and surprise."

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My blog

Sunday Read: Book Extract: A Q&A About Inspiration Meditation
When Should I Meditate? Zen masters recommend that the moment you open your eyes, before the first half-conscious thought has...
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Three Inspirational Poems About Pain
Does it sound like a contradiction, that poems about pain can inspire? Actually it’s key creative principle. In June, I...
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The Power of Now: A Poem Inspired by the Work of Eckhart Tolle
The Power of Now With thanks to Eckhart Tolle. The talkers talk of leaving or remaining who should go, what...
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Today’s Poem To Inspire: Circle of Life
Again? Are you not mother? That is the question that must be posed and not just to those who work...
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Sunday Read: An Extract From Her Secret Rose
Her Secret Rose is about the famous love triangle between the Irish poet WB Yeats, his muse Maud Gonne, and...
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Latest from the Self-Publishing Advice Blog: Winners of the Back Cover Competition
Let’s take a look at this week’s highlights from my other blog, the Alliance of Independent Authors‘s Self-Publishing Advice Center.  This week,...
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Calling on the Man-Booker Prize to Open Up To Indie Authors
Today, the Man-Booker Prize 2017 will be announced and Jon from Type and Tell, a Partner Member of ALLi, has...
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Go Creative! Monday Motivator: Week 3, October 2017: Passion, Preparation, Pace
I’m in recovery mode from Frankfurt Book Fair and Indie Author Fringe, so Monday Motivator is a little late this...
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It’s Indie Author Fringe Day, Frankfurt Book Fair 2017
Today is Indie Author Fringe Day, Frankfurt Book Fair 2017. Twenty-four hours of self-publishing education, all online, all free. The virtual...
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Latest from the Self-Publishing Advice Blog: Amazon Forum
Let’s take a look at this week’s highlights from my other blog, the Alliance of Independent Authors‘s Self-Publishing Advice Center.  This week, it’s...
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What Is Creative Success?
Like all interesting words, both “creative” and “success” have more than one definition and can mean wildly different things to...
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Creative Workshop London: Make A Living Doing What You Love
Now that Indie Author Fringe is over, it’s full steam ahead for my creative workshop,  London, November 25th. This is...
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Creative Thought For Today: Creativity and Insomnia… And A Poem About Night’s Light and Shade
One of the things I’ve been noticing about Insight Timer App is the popularity of its meditations for sleep. And there is...
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Creative Thought For Today: A Creative life Is More Like An Ocean Than A Pathway
Those interested in living a creative life often describe it as a journey. We use metaphors like the road less...
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Help Along The (Creative) Way: Insight Timer App
Since June I’ve been exploring meditations for creativity at Insight Timer App. If you’ve been around here a while, you’ll know I’m...
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