Why Now?

Inside each person’s mind, is a whole universe. That universe expands all the time, influenced, nurtured, explored, and developed by experience and adventure. Reading is your best ally in expanding your mind in a positive, absorbing sense. To embrace the experience and the possibilities harnessed by mankind, to find new experiences every day without having to do anything except open up a good book, read every day and see where that takes you.

WHY I STARTED WRITING

As the world seemed to overheat in every sense: climate change, the fast pace of life, pressure on everyone to be the best, to be creative, to be beautiful, to be wonderful, even Mother Nature seemed to get overwhelmed. Fires raged and the Covid-19 Pandemic took a hold.

Bringing life back to what we know is wholesome for the mind: the simple things like going for a walk or a run; swimming; meeting up with people we love; reading a book, have been shown to have positive effects on both health and well-being. A holistic approach is often beneficial in creating balance, a peaceful equilibrium, in your life. These pursuits also have minimum negative impact on one’s carbon footprint.

In Ireland, the weather is a constant topic of conversation. Even in the summer months, it can be cool and damp! Sometimes I wonder has that harsh fact lead to us having so many best-selling Irish authors; so many great Irish poets; and people who have become so ensconced in literature and in words, in turns of phrase, in books and in stories, as one finds such absorbing tasks in a warm home to be a better option than venturing outside! Both older and modern Irish writers can have a spell binding effect, a tale woven that can intrigue and absorb the most cynical reader! Dublin authors, Irish authors seem to have a slightly aloof bond that creates solid friendships. Writers, books, fiction, novels have never played a more central role in our lives as we all brave the pandemic. As each person, isolated to some degree, some battling toxic relationships in the home, others delighted with the company of a wonderful family or partner, or a great friend, weathers the pandemic, reading and watching television or entertainment on whatever digital device, have never been more necessary. Even when we watch a great movie, it usually started with a book. 

Elizabeth O' Brien
Elizabeth O' Brien
Elizabeth O' Brien