Orna Ross

About me

I worked for 20 years in writing and publishing in Dublin, as journalist, editor, novelist, creative writing lecturer and literary agent.
In 2009, I moved to London and found, as Proust said of Venice, that “my dream had become… quite simply, my address”. (Though the dream does includes a sojourn to the sunnier climes of California each winter.)

I used to be published by Penguin but am now an indie author. I’ve enjoyed and benefitted enormously from that switch and it led me to found The Alliance of Independent Authors, which I now run.

From my website

Reasons To Read

The world’s a demanding place. Shouldn’t you be doing something more useful than having your nose stuck in a book? Here’s a nice short video from good folks at The School of Life that gives you the answers you need, next time somebody asks you that loaded question. They give…

Be More Creative Guest. This week… Frances McDormand on Authentic Aging

“We are on red alert when it comes to how we are perceiving ourselves as a species. “There’s no desire to be an adult. Adulthood is not a goal. It’s not seen as a gift. Something happened culturally: No one is supposed to age past 45 — sartorially, cosmetically, attitudinally.…

The Roots of our Creative Genius

Until recently, it was commonly held that humankind acquired artistic skills and intellectual capabilities only when our ancestors departed Africa and arrived in Europe some 40,000 to 60,000 years ago. In recent years scientists have begun to question this. Ten years ago, two archaeologists from the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington found…

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