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While in Ireland a few years back I quickly learned firsthand that the Irish have a uniquely bitter-sweet take on life – most having grown up with very real heroes and very real villains. Heck, just touring Dublin I was made aware of the ‘fresh’ bullet holes in the statues and buildings on one main drag. It caused a moment of pause – looking around for IRA soldiers in a jeep to come barreling around a corner. I know, I watch too many Irish movies. Anyway…
Reading James Joyce and Frank Delaney while there completely submerged me in Irish folklore, LANGUAGE, and culture – it was a delicious journey in my life. Ireland is a land of writers – a land and people that give freely to other writers with the expectation of being the muse; deservedly so. I think growing up with the larger than life mystical myths and hardened real life antagonist creates ever-pregnant imaginations and is why the Irish stories flow as freely as their streams and rolling hills.
On writer’s tips, Delaney says to just leave room for the finger of God, the magic of what reveals itself as you write (I love that!). Take 3 minutes and listen to Editor in chief of PNWA’s Author Magazine, Bill Kenower’s– interview with the delightful Frank Delaney, one of Ireland’s favorite son’s.
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