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

Her Secret Rose: My next novel

The Irish Nobel-Laureate poet Willie Yeats was 23 years old in 1889, when Maud Gonne came calling to his house and, as he later put it, “the troubling” of his life began. Six feet tall, auburn-haired, elegantly beautiful and passionately political, this British heiress turned Irish revolutionary was the muse…

Be More Creative With Worldly Experiences

Travel broadens the mind, this much we know. What’s now becoming evident is that, with an open mind in place, exposure to other cultures also deepens our creative capacity: inspiration, motivation, and drive. Professor Angela Leung from the Singapore Management University exposed a group of her students (through a series of pictures)…

How To Be More Creative #4: Meditate

Meditation makes you more creative. That’s the conclusion of a number of scientific studies, including this detailed look at which precise kinds of meditation foster creativity and creativism. But writers and artists have long known this. Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882): We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles.…

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