Writing for The Irish Sun was a huge mistake.
I started with a paper and a notebook and a pen and a little paper.
I’d never written anything before.
When I started I was so nervous.
I felt like I’d fallen out of a chair.
I was in the middle of a project and a deadline.
I was thinking: ‘How can I do this?’
I’m not a professional writer, I’ve never written a book, but I knew I wanted to write something for a newspaper.
I tried it out on a friend’s blog and it worked out great.
It wasn’t for everyone.
But I felt it helped me to write in a different way.
I also started a podcast called The Writer’s Zone.
It’s been on the podcast since 2013.
We have more than 50 podcasts and the number keeps growing.
I have the privilege of interviewing people from all walks of life about their writing and what they do with it.
I’m very fortunate that I was lucky enough to get my first piece published at the Irish Times.
That was a big turning point for me, and that was a moment where I realised: ‘I can do this.
I can write this’.
I have to say, when I was doing this podcast, I felt very lucky.
The Irish paper was one of the first publications to have an editor named John O’Sullivan.
I thought I was a bit of a novelty and a weirdo.
I didn’t know what to expect, but when I read his articles, it was really helpful.
I realised how important it was to have someone who understands the craft and the process of writing.
He gave me a lot of encouragement.
He also helped me with my first manuscript, which is a collection of short stories, but also a memoir.
I’m still learning from him and he’s really helpful and very open to ideas.
It was the same for the other two projects.
I did a documentary about how to make a living in Ireland and a book about how Irish people do everything from travelling around the world to making a living.
It’s not like I was an overnight success.
I’ve written about my experiences as a writer before.
I had a lot going on and I wanted a little bit of an outlet to vent.
I went to the University of Dublin to do a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing and I wrote a dissertation.
It wasn’t just the writing.
The documentary and book was very much a project, but the documentary and the book were about different aspects of the experience.
I wanted them to be in a more cinematic way, more dramatic, and to be about Ireland.
The two books, which are now available on Amazon, were a huge help for me.
They were very much about the journey I was on, and how I became an Irish citizen.
I went to Ireland to write and I didn