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

Be More Creative Guest. This week… Paul Graham on the Perils of Prestige

Prestige is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. It causes you to work not on what you like, but what you’d like to like… Prestige is just fossilized inspiration. If you do anything well enough, you’ll make it prestigious… So just do what…

Goodreads Giveaway Winner

  Our Goodreads Giveaway of After The Rising & Before The Fall, the two-books-in-one special edition, is now over and the winners are…. (drum roll!)  Kjell Meijer of Limburg, Netherlands and Maria Pia Quijano Castillo of Lima, Peru. Your copies of After The Rising & Before The Fall are on their…

Be More Creative Guest. This week… Martha Nussbaum on Being Good

  “To be a good human is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control, that can lead you to be shattered in very extreme circumstances for which you were not to blame. “That says something very important about…

 
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