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

Latest Self-Publishing News From ALLi: Oct 21 2016

This week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, our news editor Dan Holloway is talking about the disappearance of the latest literary laureate after performing at a Rolling Stones gig. Dan also talks about the big indie event happening this weekend, further evidence to suggest the decline in indie representation and what’s…

This Week’s Haiku of the Week Features: Sunrise

Sun rising / over St Leonards, peeling / back the cloud. Most days I share my #creativemoments on Instagram. I’d love to know about yours.  Share a picture of something you’ve made, an experience you’ve enjoyed, or a moment of creative presence. To ensure I see your posts, hashtag #creativemoments…

This Week’s Book Extract: A Reading from Blue Mercy

In this extract, we’re taking up the story, just before Mercy’s father dies and she is arrested for the murder. At this point, she has returned to Ireland to care for him, he’s very old, he’s very ill and he’s as tyrannical as he ever was, in the days when…

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