Author Interview #31, with author of feminine wisdom stories, Dr. Niamh Clune!
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Hi Niamh! Describe yourself in 5 words:
Author, Visionary, Environmentalist, Humanitarian, Musician.
Share a short blurb of your work (10-100 words):
Orange Petals in a Storm is a mystical story about a wonderful child who endures great suffering at the hands of the family who inherited her. Though she lives in a harsh reality, she evolves spiritually despite, or perhaps because of the hurt she suffers.
The magical way she transcends her unbearable life through her inner world transports us into the hauntingly beautiful world of the imagination.
Telling you that Skyla triumphs over her situation is not a spoiler — because as you get to know her, you realise there is no other way. She must triumph because of who she is.
Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):
“The boy and his heart had become friends, and neither was capable now of betraying the other.”
— Paolo Coelho
Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:
I love every second of the writing process. I am lost in it, consumed by it, but then have to crash through the gates of reality to publish. What I love is scattered to the winds.
What is your definition of “good writing”?
Beautiful prose, that by its very nature uplifts and allows soul into life, is my definition of good writing. It is a thing-in-itself, a work of art, a thing of beauty. It is simple, uncluttered by adverbs and adjectives. It is not over-lofty but deeply thoughtful.
The writer of good prose defiantly re-arranges words to paint pictures of light as well as dark and is brave enough to shrink from neither. Grammar is good, in fact, so good it challenges rules. Good prose contains within itself consistency of metaphor and lends three-dimensional depth to character. A reader should know how characters think and feel and be able to identify with those intimacies, as though the writer were speaking from one heart directly to another.
Good writing is musical, has rhythm and timbre. Even if it describes Hell, it does it beautifully…
Please share your #1 tip for writers:
Patience, love your words, but never be afraid to edit and discipline them.
Agree with that totally! Please let us know your websites/blogs/etc:
Blog #1: http://niamhclunewrites.blogspot.com
Blog #2: http://theobblog.com
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Much thanks to Dr. Clune for stopping by! Be sure to check out her website for more info about her and her soulful/mystical inspirational stories ;)
P.S. This Q&A was part of an Orangeberry Virtual Book Tour.