Monthly Archives: March 2013

Meet the Author: Gillian O’Rourke

This is my first interview, conducted by the lovely Susan Finlay. Have a peek if you want!

Susan Finlay Writes


I’d like to introduce you to the fourth interviewee in my ‘Meet the Author’ series. She is Gillian O’Rourke.

Question: Hi, Gillian! Welcome to Susan Finlay Writes blog site. Can you tell us a bit about your background as a writer?

Answer: Hi Susan, and thank you for inviting me to Susan Finlay Writes! My background was originally in Nursing and in the last six years I have been working in Social Care. However, reading and writing have always been a large part of my life. For many years I was writing for my own amusement, but there was always a part of me that wanted to take it further and be published. It has taken me a long time to build up the courage to do it and I’m delighted I did, because my dream is now becoming a reality.

Question: Your fantasy novel, The Reluctant Prophet, will be…

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Another short story!

I have another short story, or I should say the first part of one written.  As always, I would love some feedback if anyone is interested in having a wee gander at it.  It is called Someone I used to know…  Happy reading folks!

Short Story


I’m attempting to add a few lil’ interesting bits to my website.  Since I’m not so brilliant at the blogging, hopefully I’ll be a little better at the story end of things!  I’m currently suffering a cold, so I shall blame my inspiration on Sudafed and Panadol!  But I’m pretty happy with my first attempt and I hope everyone else will be too.

You can check out REFLECTIONS in my short story section.  It’s inspired by the Swan Princess.  Would love any feedback/constructive criticism.


Nonsensical Ramblings (about writing)….

I guess it’s something that happens to everyone, but there are times when my motivation isn’t where it should be!  I am currently working my way through the second book in a fantasy series and for some inexplicable reason, I’ve hit halfway, wondering if I am going in the right direction with the character and the story.  This never really happens with my stories and even the third book isn’t causing me many problems, but this second book – ugghhh! – I can’t even find the words to describe why I have stalled.  Perhaps it’s the second book curse (or is there such a thing?)  Or maybe I need to stop getting distracted by facebook, twitter and every other social media tool under the sun! (The bane of being a nosey cow!)

Despite it being a bit of a down week in relation to sitting down and actually writing, I have to say that on the positive side, the second book is plotted out in my head and on paper.  Of course, it is changing daily – sometimes these beings you bring to life in your imagination have a tendency of trying to live their lives their own way, and completely feck up the fate you were dishing out to them.  But, I guess I can gently steer them back to my way of thinking (and let them believe it was their idea…)

Or, perhaps I can give in a little and see where it leads?  I suppose that’s the fun of thinking of your characters as real people and living far too much in your own head…