Q&A with Author Daragh Fleming,

Author of Lonely Boy (Forthcoming)

 

Q: Why did you decide to write this book?

Mental health is important.

I think that’s as simple an answer I can give. This book is a reflection on my own mental health, the ups and downs, the lessons I’ve learned and the mistakes I’ve made. Men in particular have always had a tough time being vulnerable and addressing their mental health problems. This book is a book about a man addressing his own mental health, in the hope that people won’t feel alone in their struggle, and in the hope that they will be able to inspire others to talk openly about their own mental health.

Q: Is the book based on you?

Lonely Boy is a sort of memoir/narrative non-fiction hybrid where I reflect on the last ten years of my life, and try to draw out lessons from some of the more difficult moments of my life. The book begins in 2012 when my best friend died by suicide, and it takes us right up to 2021 during the pandemic. It’s a book about the obstacles and challenges I faced mentally within the last decade. The book talks about what happened, what went wrong, and what I learned about my own wellbeing from it all.

Q: What do you hope will come from others reading it? 

I hope the book will help readers to understand that everyone deals with some sort of battle, and that they are not alone in theirs. The book is a raw and honest take on the mental journey I’ve taken as a man. It addresses the more flawed aspects of my character and the long process of accepting them and learning to live with them. The hope is that readers will find solace in truth that we are flawed on some level, and that it is important that we forgive ourselves for these flaws.

Q: What’s the most important lesson or message readers will get from it?

Self-acceptance. Writing this book was therapeutic for me as much as I felt it would be helpful for others. The book recants a journey 0f self-reflections. It’s the story of looking oneself in the mirror and getting to place where you can accept all parts of yourself – both the good and the bad. That’s probably the most important message conveyed in this book.

Q: What lessons have you learned so far in your writing?

Writing for yourself is key. I think a younger me got caught up in writing what I thought other people would want to read. The work becomes flat and uninspired when you do that. Writing for yourself makes the work more real, and it that sense, it makes the work more relatable anyway. The other lesson writing has taught me is persistence. We often give up just before we’re about to ‘make it’. Sticking with it, regardless of the failures, or the rejections or the time it takes, is always so incredibly worthwhile.

Q: Did writing this book change your life in any way?

Writing this book gave me the opportunity to resolve many things in my life which I had ignored and buried. It allowed me the space and compassion to accept myself for who I am. Lonely Boy is a reflection on some of the hardest parts of my life, and so it has changed my life by allowing me to work through these issues and use them to help other people.

 

Q: Advice to anyone sitting at home, saying I would like to publish a book?

If the fire is in your heart to write, then write regardless of the outcome. Write because you need to write rather than because you won’t some arbitrary version of success. Take it a day at a time. Write when you can, and never force it. You’ll know yourself that you want to write a book, and if that desire is within you then nothing on this planet will be able to stop you. Write and write and never take the rejections personally – because the rejection will come often in the beginning. And remember above all else, you like writing! Enjoy the process as much as will enjoy the outcome.

 

Q&A with Author Ronan Rooney ,

Author of
The True Nature of Our Reality

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Why did you write this book?

I have always been interested in, reflected upon and studied the true nature of our reality. I have had many transpersonal experiences in my life that have awakened me to seeing reality as more than what we are led to believe is our reality.

This is a follow up to my first book The Secret Of Life which was published in 2006 when the world was a very different place to the one we have today.

From my own experience and extensive study of the subject I believe humanity is experiencing a paradigm shift in the evolution of our consciousness. This has triggered a mass awakening in many and a breakdown in many of the global social systems. While it seems that there is chaos in the world I believe it is a natural rebalancing.

The breakdown has been triggered by an imbalance in humanity’s evolution whereby we have allowed the evolution of our intellect to surpass and supersede the evolution of the other aspects of our being. The intellect is intoxicated with mental stimulus to the detriment of our mental health. This has led to the tsunami of mental health illness across the globe we are experiencing.

Our general perspective of reality is based on what is determined by our physical senses. By using the physical senses alone to reflect on our world all we perceive of is the physical which I call the phenomenal world of form and matter. We have been conditioned to view reality in this context only even though modern science as quantum physics proves there is more to it.

There is so much more to life but to recognise this necessitates a shift in our perspective.

I have been blessed to have learned from and studied with a number of inspiring people over the past 30 years. As a result I have a perspective of reality that allows for the recognition of the true majesty of “really living” as opposed to the monotony of “just getting through life”.

I wrote The True Nature of Our Reality to facilitate a shift in perspective, a rebalancing, to support those experiencing an awakening and to help others to realise the true nature of our reality and that we create it.

What surprised you the most as you researched or wrote it?

What surprised me most is how we have allowed our intellect to take over. The conditioning has been so strong that we have forgotten the truth that we know deep within if only our mind would pause to enable us to recognise it.

Moreover, the power of the intellect and the audacity of what we believe is the truth of our life and living as instructed and endorsed by social governance by way of conditioning and the media is astounding.

After extensive researching the extent of the breakdown in global systems took me by surprise. There is so much turmoil in our global systems yet they remain unquestioned as regards their validity or sustainability. There seems to be a reluctance to alter the status quo no matter how turbulent the waves are. This only strengthens the power of our conditioning whereby we are directed how to think without contemplation, reflection or personal judgement.

I found it interesting that both the stimulus for the system breakdown and the greatest challenge to global health is a conditioned corrupted perspective in thinking. What needs to be rebalanced is our intellect in line with the other aspects of our being especially the emotional and spiritual whose development and evolutionary journey have been forsaken and neglected.

What is the most important lesson or message readers will get from it?

That we actually create the world through our perspectives and beliefs which have been conditioned to present us with a challenging frame of life and living very different to the truth that has been forgotten of the majesty and miracle of life.

The freedom and liberty of knowing you can change your reality by choice and that the turmoil in the world is in fact a natural rebalancing as is the turmoil in the mental health of many of us.

Having evolved physically, that we have become trapped and infatuated in the evolution of the intellect and now we are rebalancing to evolve at the level of our consciousness. We are moving from a thought provoked and created reality of consciousness to an awareness of the true nature of reality.

As a result many of us are having awakening experiences or expansions of consciousness which themselves are often triggered by a period of turmoil.

In addition we are not separate, we are all interconnected and an integral part of Universal consciousness.

Did writing this book change your life in any way?

While I was aware of many of the subjects, concepts, theories and insights that I discuss in the book it was only when I compiled them altogether that the common theme became apparent. The simplicity of what was unveiled to me was what struck me.

I realized that we are all interconnected aspects of God, that within us is the Atman or Divine Soul, then the Jiva or individualized Soul and then the outer conditioned Ego. Our purpose is to recognize that we are more than the conditioned aspects of the Ego, to peel back the layers to reveal the individual Soul (Jiva) and to express the grace of the Divine Soul (Atman) within us as an integral part of God.ui

Each of us is special and has an integral part to play in a greater plan. As such what is empowering is that we didn’t happen by chance, we have an important role to play and we participate and co-create in reality. There is great comfort in realizing that you don’t need to change the world or anyone else all you need do is change yourself to contribute to the evolution of the species.

What do you hope will come from others reading it?

I hope my readers develop a new perspective on life and living, that they will recognize their power as co-creators of the world, that they accept their true purpose to express their Authentic Self. In this way I believe they will recognize the majesty of life and embrace living as an important, unique and individualized expression of God and so live a rich and meaningful life.

 

Q&A with Author Sean Dunne,

Author of
A D’Arcy Blake Mystery: A Case for the Tech Detectives

 

Q: Why did you decide to write this book?
Like most people you think about writing a book at some stage in particular when reading someone else’s work and think ‘Can I do this’, the simple answer is yes you can. It’s just about taking the time and space to give it and go and see where you go.

Q: Is the book based on you?
The book is based on a fictional character D’Arcy Blake who moves back to Galway from America and is trying to find a way to fit in. Having spent a year in college in Galway studying for my M.A in Journalism at NUI Galway, I always said I’d love to write a book based in Galway so the scene was set for creating D’Arcy’s world.

Q: What do you hope will come from others reading it? 

I loved books like Goosebumps and Nancy Drew as a child as well as Harry Potter so hopefully a new generation of younger readers will be captivated by D’Arcy.

Q: What’s the most important lesson or message readers will get from it?
Friendship and diversity are two strong themes running through the book. Both D’Arcy and Fatima are outsiders at the start of the school year but the adventure in the book brings them closer together.
Q: What lessons have you learned so far in your writing?
I worked for several years as a news reporter for newspapers here in Ireland and I think sitting down to write a book for a younger audience is a totally different skill in itself. Being open to constructive criticism and advice along the way helps. I’d definitely like to write another book because I think learning the process of writing a book and where not to go wrong is half the battle.Q: Did writing this book change your life in any way?
I think working in the news all day, it’s nice to escape to a fictional world sometimes. Creating a set of characters is a lot of fun and tracking their own journeys.Q: Advice to anyone sitting at home, saying I would like to publish a book?
Give yourself a chance, even if you only write 250 words a day, do that and keep going until you have an initial draft.

Q&A with Author Dr. Mary Helen Hensley,

Author of Hugh And The Manatee

Q&A with Author Siobhan Mungovan,

Author of Me And My Backbone

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Q&A with Author Margaret Connor,

Author of My Enduring Ireland

Q&A with Author Anna Gray,

Author of Coming Out Of The Dark

Q&A with Author Cathy Fitzgibbon,

Author of Eat With The Seasons

Q: Why did you decide to write this book?

Growing up on a farm, I witnessed first-hand the way food was lovingly produced using a farm to fork ethos. I enjoy researching, educating and writing about food, so publishing a book was a fascinating way for me to channel these personal interests and communicate practical knowledge and practices that I’d learnt and gradually refined through sustained research and natural awareness in terms of my personal heightened experiences with food. I wanted to write this book to help others but was equally waiting for the right time to bring it to life. When the Covid-19 pandemic struck and we were all displaced from the lifestyle routines that we’d built up over years, food took its rightful place, at the heart of our homes helping us through the difficult times we found ourselves faced with in our daily lives.

 

Q: Is the book based on you?

Eat With The Seasons is not directly based on me as it’s written as a self-guidance journal, however certain themes that run through it relate to my own mindful eating lifestyle. I’m blessed to have an extremely good relationship with food so I hope it will also empower others in their own daily experiences, helping them to mindfully map out their own personal relationship with food. The seasonal eating approach (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) and way that the journal is laid out is the foundation on which my brand ethos (The Culinary Celt) is built upon and it also features aspects of my own daily food-related lifestyle.

 

Q: What do you hope will come from others reading it? 

I hope the book will be a positive educational tool that will help readers explore and shift their relationship with food in a mindful and healthy way. I would like readers to embrace my CELT mindful eating model principles that have been developed in the book by way of a four-pillar framework, as its extremely important to understand the role that mindful eating and gratitude plays in terms of enhancing our overall wellbeing.

Q: What’s the most important lesson or message readers will get from it?

The journal has been designed to empower readers with practical and meaningful ways to self-reflect and understand individual eating patterns in tune with nature and the four varied seasons of the year, enabling them to uncover and embrace a positive relationship with food. It’s perfectly normal that our attitudes may differ when it comes to nutritional food but it’s equally important to note that the food we choose to eat has a profound direct impact on nature and the book shines a light on this seasonal approach towards our eating lifestyles.

 

Q: What lessons have you learned so far in your writing?

Getting started is the most important part. Then as the writing process evolved, I began to see inspiration everywhere. A lot of work goes into researching and writing the content. There were various stages during the writing process that were exciting and fun whilst other stages, at times, anchored and halted my creativity to flow. It’s like a rollercoaster! I also learned that when you’re passionate about the subject matter that your writing about then there is lots of scope to channel creativity.

 

Q: Did writing this book change your life in any way?

It has given me a far greater appreciation for the work of other authors and book publishing teams in terms of the dedication they put into their work. It also gave me a huge sense of satisfaction in the way it’s come to life and will a tangible tool that to can be used to positively educate others on the areas of sustainability and their own personal wellbeing.

 

Q: Advice to anyone sitting at home, saying I would like to publish a book?

You can do it! Choose your deadline and writing goal. Prepare before you write, scheduling your time and mind mapping out the core development ideas is extremely helpful from the outset. These can then be fleshed out and amended along the way. Like everything in life, it is all about enjoying the journey and with this comes a sense of achievement, which brings the destination within reach. Just stay focused and true to yourself in the writing process and connect with others, as they can offer great guidance and help to act as a sounding board for your suggested ideas.

Q&A with Author Alan Creedon,

Author of The Search For Still Water

“Walking up the track I see the golden light ahead and brace myself for its rays to reach my face. It’s autumn and as the bracken’s summer greens fade to yellow, then rusty brown, the bright sunlight catches them, bringing them to life again and they glow like bright flames, as if to give off one more blast of light before they give way to decay. I can’t get enough of this light. These past two weeks have shown me more intense beauty than I noticed the whole summer past, immersed in greenness.

Heading up the fields I scan the ground for mushrooms, walking into the wind’s resistance. I zip up my jacket, grateful that I put it on as when I left home it didn’t seem that windy or cold and I almost didn’t bring it. I search out spots in the hills where I can sit, where I can have a view and sit.”

 

Q&A with Author Siobhan Dunleavy,

Author of Accepting And Connecting With Muscular Dystrophy

The purpose of this book is to inspire others to embrace all forms of adversity they may experience along their journey. Siobhán believes that in times of crisis, the impulse is to give in to fear and panic, but when we learn to look inwards, we begin to heal and can take on, with greater ease, the vicissitudes of life that come our way.

Siobhán tells her personal story of how being diagnosed with a life changing condition had a massive impact on her mental health but just when she thought her life was falling apart , she realised it was actually falling into place. Siobhánexplains how during her emotional mission to find faith and hope she was divinely guided into a magical state of spiritual awakening. Siobhán speaks about exploring superpowers such as meditation and connecting with angels, and how this allowed her to reconnect with herself and all of the abundances the world had to offer her. In this light hearted yet intimate tale, Siobhán highlights the challenges people with rare conditions and disabilities face every day.

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Q&A with Author Siobhan Lally,

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Q&A with Author Ciara O’ Malley,

Author of
Miracles Appear When Loved Ones Are Near

Q&A with Author Meghann Scully,

Author of
Broken Love and Little Pocket of Love

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Q&A with Author Ray Flannery

Author of The Moany McMoan Series