Orna Ross

Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference

Author Profile

Orna  Ross

ORNA ROSS is an award-winning and bestselling author and poet, and Founder-Director of the ALLIANCE OF INDEPENDENT AUTHORS, the professional non-profit association for self-publishing writers. Born and raised in Ireland, Orna now lives in London but writes, publishes and teaches around the globe. She has been named “one of the 100 most influential people in publishing” by UK publishing trade magazine, The Bookseller. Past gazer, present prizer, future fuser.

Books

Keepers: Selected Inspirational Poetry

Literature & Fiction

A collection of stirringly crafted inspirational poetry, celebrating and exploring both the immense and the seemingly insignificant. From soaring imagery to comforting Irish blessings, this collection of poems sweeps the reader into a world of peace and tranquility and invite you to share in Orna Ross's worshipful appreciation of life.

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Clearing The Encrusted

The wonderful Kathy Meis asked: 'What's your promise to readers?' And I thought of this poem, one of the very first I ever wrote. I write across three genres, poetry, fiction and non-fiction, and each of these makes a slightly different promise to the reader, but this poem describes the mission that underlies everything I write. And everything I work for. As the poem says it: my job is to clear away the stale and encrusted so love can flow. The poem is a statement of what you might call my manifesto and so is first up in my new collection, Keepers.

The Splendour of Creation

KEEPERS collects together those poems I've chosen to hold from those published in earlier pamphlets. Some of the poems I wavered over but I never doubted I'd include this one: "Where Are You?" It's about the splendor of creation. Not what has been created but the act of creation, itself, and specifically the spirit that underwrites it. This poem personifies that spirit as a woman. She has all the womanly powers: patience, generosity, beauty, sensuality. And she is always there for us, though we are not always there for her.

Beyond The Law of Attraction: A Compendium For Creativists

Literature & Fiction

An anthology of extracts from some of Orna Ross's best books: stories and poems as well as books from the GO CREATIVE! series. Inspirations, and illuminations to ignite your own creative flow and insights into the author's own creative process.

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The Law of Attraction: Bogus or Brilliant

The Creativist Compendium is an anthology of a number of extracts from my books, poetry and story as well as creative advice. In this extract from one of the extracts about the Law of Attraction and its relation to conscious creation, I look at its history

An Irish Fiction Omnibus

Literature & Fiction

A collection of three bestselling novels from Orna Ross. AFTER THE RISING is a multi-generational murder mystery of love, revenge and redemption set against the background of the Irish Civil War. HER SECRET ROSE is the first book in The Yeats-Gonne Trilogy, chronicling the passionate relationship between W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne. BLUE MERCY is a contemporary family drama, with a murder at its heart, full of emotional twists and surprises The three together provide a great value, bumper treat and the perfect introduction to the wide-ranging work of this bestselling and award-winning author.

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How Authors Sell Publishing Rights: Sell Your Book to Film, TV, Translation, and Other Rights Buyers

Education & Reference

This book simplify the basics of intellectual property and copyright law, so you know what you need to know about publishing rights as an author. Learn how to pitch, negotiate and close a sale, as well as how to work with literary agents and publishers, how to make the most of a book fair, and how to keep track of your rights sales.

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How To Get Your Self-Published Book Into Bookstores

Education & Reference

You’ve written that great book, published it online, now find out how to get it on the shelves and selling more.

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The Writer’s Call Poetry I: TEN POEMS TO INSPIRE

Literature & Fiction

Poetry: there are times in life when nothing else will do. This is the first in a series of poetry pamphlets by a bestselling and acclaimed novelist, a collection of ten poems about ten widely different things, but all circling the theme of daily inspiration and creative presence.

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Song of Silence: Poetry II: TEN MORE POEMS TO INSPIRE

Literature & Fiction

Poetry: there are times in life when nothing else will do. This is the second in a series of poetry pamphlets by a bestselling and acclaimed novelist, a collection of ten poems about ten widely different things, but all circling the theme of daily inspiration and creative presence.

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Long Light: Poetry III: TEN MORE POEMS TO INSPIRE

Literature & Fiction

Poetry: there are times in life when nothing else will do. This is the third in a series of poetry pamphlets by a bestselling and acclaimed novelist, a collection of ten poems about ten widely different things, but all circling the theme of daily inspiration and creative presence.

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The Font: Poetry IV: TEN MORE POEMS TO INSPIRE

Literature & Fiction

Poetry: there are times in life when nothing else will do. This is the fourth in a series of poetry pamphlets by a bestselling and acclaimed novelist, a collection of ten poems about ten widely different things, but all circling the theme of daily inspiration and creative presence.

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Welcome Dear Guest Poetry V: TEN MORE POEMS TO INSPIRE

Literature & Fiction

Poetry: there are times in life when nothing else will do. This is the fifth in a series of poetry pamphlets by a bestselling and acclaimed novelist, a collection of ten poems about ten widely different things, but all circling the theme of daily inspiration and creative presence.

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Poetry For Christmas

Literature & Fiction

The mid-winter holiday provides the perfect space to indulge the pleasure of poetry and in this pamphlet you’ll find a poem for each of the twelve days of that holiday season. All these Christmas poems circle around the story we’ve been telling for 2000 years about what happened in Bethlehem on a certain 25th December – and the deep questions that underwrite it.

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After The Rising & Before The Fall: 2 books in 1

Literature & Fiction

This is a special edition of Orna Ross's first two novels. For a limited time only, get both books in one. --- In 1923, Dan O’Donovan, a young soldier, was lured to his death in the notorious sinking sands that surround the small Irish village of Mucknamore. Now, in 1995, Jo Devereux has returned home to Ireland, needing to know more about this

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Her Secret Rose

Literature & Fiction

Willie Yeats was 23 years old in 1889, when Maud Gonne, six feet tall, elegantly beautiful and passionately political, came calling to his house and “the troubling of his life” began. He spread his dreams under her feet, as they set about creating a new Ireland, through his poetry and her politics, and their shared interest in the occult. Yeats forged a poetic career from his unrequited love for Gonne, his unattainable muse. But as this novel says, “when looked at from the woman’s side of the bedsheet, most tales take a turning, and this one more than most.” Delving deep into their letters and journals, and communications of the family and friends around them, uncovers a story that doesn’t quite fit the poetic myth. Packed with emotional twists and surprises, Her Secret Rose is a novel of secrets and intrigue, passion and politics, mystery and magic, that brings to life 1890s Dublin, London and Paris, two fascinating characters — and a charismatic love affair that altered the course of history for two nations.

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Blue Mercy

Literature & Fiction

Will you side with mother or daughter? When Mercy Mulcahy was 40 years old, she was accused of killing her elderly and tyrannical father. Now, at the end of her life, she has written a book about what really happened on that fateful night of Christmas Eve, 1989. The tragic and beautiful Mercy has devoted her life to protecting Star, especially from the father whose behavior so blighted her own life. Yet Star vehemently resists reading her manuscript. Why? What is Mercy hiding? Was her father's death, as many believe, an assisted suicide? Or something even more sinister? In this book, nothing is what it seems on the surface and everywhere there are emotional twists and surprises. ("Breathtaking, and I mean literally -- actual gasps will happen" said one reader review). Set in Ireland and California, Blue Mercy is a compelling novel that combines lyrical description with a page-turning style to create an enthralling tale of love, loss and the ever-present possibility of redemption.

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Before The Fall

Literature & Fiction

It's August in the long, hot summer of 1995 and Jo Devereux can't believe that she hasn't yet returned home to San Francisco, though the time for her to have her baby draws near. Still resisting Rory O'Donovan, her childhood sweetheart, she is also still excavating their family's entwined and twisted history. After months thinking and writing about her great-uncle Barney's death at the hands of Dan O'Donovan, she is brought to consider just who led Dan to his grisly death, suffocation in Mucknamore's notorious sinking sands. Combing the family letters and diaries for what has gone unsaid, Jo is unprepared for the knowledge of how it affected her own life fifty years on. But what does this mean for her and Rory, as he draws ever closer? BEFORE THE FALL (sequel to AFTER THE RISING) is a sweeping, multigenerational tale set in 1920s and 1990s Ireland and 1980s San Francisco. A novel for anyone who ever tried to break free.

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Intimate War

This book explores the struggle every human being experiences between freedom and belonging. Like its prequel, AFTER THE RISING, it's set against the background The Irish Civil War but it's also about all sorts of private, intimate and personal wars -- around sexuality, and family, and love. The book turned is a three-generational story, tracing a family history back to 1923, giving us extracts from letters and diaries and scenes the narrator imagines, as she pictures her grandmother and great-aunts and -uncles as young women and men caught on opposite sides of a bitter conflict. It also explores sexual politics in San Francisco in the 1980s, as Jo tells her own story and what's brought her back to Mucknamore 20 years after leaving.

After The Rising

Literature & Fiction

When Jo Devereux returns to Ireland after an absence of 20 years, the last person she expects to meet at her mother's funeral is Rory O'Donovan. The unexplained conflict between Rory's family and Jo's was the one constant of her childhood and caused their painful breakup. Now she's back in Mucknamore, the Irish village where they both grew up, he's urging her to stay on and she's tempted. Because of him? Because her mother no longer lives? Because her life in San Francisco is such a mess? Or because, being a writer, she always swore she'd write a book about it all. Jo settles into a shed near the beach and embarks on a quest, uncovering astonishing truths about her mother and grandmother, about women's role in the conflict that became known as "The War of The Brothers", and about a killing with consequences that have ricocheted through the generations -- leading ultimately to the revolt that made her leave home. Rory, mired in an unhappy marriage, is urging her to rebel again but reading her family history has made Jo cautious. "Rebellion has an energy that sweeps people up," she tells him, "but what happens after the rising?" That's the question she must answer if her exhumation of the past is to redeem her future. AFTER THE RISING was Orna Ross's debut novel. Widely acclaimed and an instant bestseller,it's a compelling story of love, loss, revenge and the search for redemption. Its sequel is BEFORE THE FALL.

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Write What Should Not Be Forgotten

Isabel Allende once said, "Write what should not be forgotten". That's my guiding principle as a writer. My father's uncle was shot during the Irish Civil War of 1922/3, though nobody was able to say by whom, or why. And I grew up, fifty years later, in the village where this had happened, surrounded by silence about this event. So when I came to write fiction, it was natural to turn to that time, and its consequences. It seemed to sum up so much of what I wanted to say about what gets spoken and what remains secret and unsaid. The book turned into a three-generational family fiction. Readers always want to know which bits "really" happened but it isn't that simple. All I can say is that I ended up with a story that was very different to what really happened. Imagination came in and filled the blanks, answered the questions I couldn't find "real" answers for, and made a pattern that was reflective of, but very different to, what actually happened.

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