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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“The Alliance of Independent Authors is an incredible resource of experience, knowledge and support, 24 hours a day.” – Joanna Penn

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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 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.

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"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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"A hauntingly captivating read."
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"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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"Ransacks the best scholarly sources and ingeniously knits a complex tale of betrayal, revenge, suspense, love -- and surprise."

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My blog

Poems to Inspire: Sea Sounds
I come down to the sea to sit on a rock, and meditate, all thought undone, in the waves’ whoosh and turn. A young man comes, sits down on...
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Poems To Inspire: The Daisy Dance
And what can we learn / from the daisies / on this summer day? / The lazy ways of their / opening?/ The unfurling of petal / light fingers,...
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Poems To Inspire: I Am
I have thoughts/ but I am not my thoughts. I am/ one who sees them swirl. What can be seen/ is not the seer. I have/ thoughts but my thoughts...
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Haiku of the Week Features: Tree Knot
Sometimes a / knot grows so big it’s all / you can see Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku....
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Haiku of the Week Features: Wedding Day Cast-Offs
Baubles and / hearts stacked to one side. Wedding / Day’s over. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s...
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Creative Publishing: Digital Book Marketing for Orna Ross: Improving Your Book Description
A weekly column by digital book marketer, Caoimhe O’Brien. Last week, I spoke about blurbs, also known as book descriptions, and the importance of utilizing their full potential. I...
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Creative Publishing: Highlights from the Alliance of Independent Authors Self-Publishing Advice Blog
Every Tuesday, I bring you the Self-Publishing Advice Blog highlights of the past seven days. This week, our intrepid news editor, Dan Holloway’s, news round-up included Amazon’s newest acquisition, the latest ebook figures, Draft2Digital’s venture...
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Creative Publishing: Digital Book Marketing for Orna Ross. This week: The Wonder of Blurbs
A weekly column by digital book marketer, Caoimhe O’Brien. This week we have been re-writing some of Orna’s blurbs for her fiction books. Blurbs are so important to get...
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Creative Publishing: Highlights from the Alliance of Independent Authors Self-Publishing Advice Blog
Every Tuesday, I bring you the Self-Publishing Advice Blog highlights of the past seven days. This week, our intrepid news editor, Dan Holloway’s, news round-up included the latest offering from Pronoun and IPR; news...
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Creative Publishing: Digital Book Marketing For Orna Ross 2: Keywords, Categories & KDP Rocket
A weekly column by Digital Marketer, Caoimhe O’Brien This was my second week working on Orna’s books and, even though we’re still in the initial setting-up period, the work...
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Creative Living: Create Date with Artist Keith Tyson
I took a last day with Keith Tyson, 2002 Turner Prize Winner, at Jerwood Gallery’s Turn Back Now exhibition, before it left. Tyson is an amazing artist. An unassuming Northerner with a...
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Poems to Inspire: Sea Sounds
I come down to the sea to sit on a rock, and meditate, all thought undone, in the waves’ whoosh and turn. A young man comes, sits down on...
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Creative Living: Conversations About Creative Education And Creativism
It’s been a week for fun conversations about creativity and education. I chatted to Bill Deresiewicz, author of Excellent Sheep, in a private interview about self-publishing for his forthcoming book...
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Creative Living: My Weekly Create Date
A Create Date is a weekly outing, spent doing something that 1] you’d really like to do; 2] you haven’t done before, or for a very long time; and...
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Create Date: Walking St Leonards on Sea
As any creative or creativist knows, life moves in mysterious ways. A year ago, I’d never heard of this place called St Leonard’s on Sea. Now we’re getting ready to...
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