Mythos Early Ireland recounts the inspiration of mystical Celtic traditions. What kind of research did you undertake to complete this book thought-provoking book?
I have always been interested in history and mythology from a young age but became more interested in the subject when I was working on a research project in my 20s for the Office of Public Works in Ireland. Archaeologists and assistants were employed to research the sites, monuments, and history of the area. I worked as an assistant, working with the team on site with archaeological field work. It also involved spending a lot of time in the local libraries collecting information from old manuscripts and books. From this learning experience, I became interested in mythological stories and started doing research for my draft manuscript.
The manuscript was first written in the early 1990’s and after a lot of editing it was accepted for publication by the Manuscript and Publishing Agency Ltd, UK and published in 2005. During the lockdown this year, I felt I needed to update and self-published my book with Kindle Desktop Publishing (Amazon). I am delighted with the control I have with the book publishing process on KDP and I have discovered a lot about book publishing.
Stories have been told throughout the years on this subject of mythology and early Ireland with publications as early as 11th to 12th century and I found some wonderful books that inspired me (18th and early 19th century), many out of print and were borrowed from the libraries at the time though some are my own personal copies. Books have always been a part of our life growing up as children; my dad often bought boxes of books for us at the local auctions, many which included works by Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde.
Do you plan to publish more books on this subject?
I have not planned any more books about Irish mythology, but this might change. There seems to be a lot of books out there already. I am really inspired by the classics, the old authors alive or dead and I have a full list of inspired works listed in Mythos Early Ireland.
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There is much to be gained from studying the myths that shape a culture. Ireland is certainly no exception. Celtic mythology is rich with tales of lovers, warriors, heroes, and fairies. The imagery these stories conjure is colorful, full of life, and begs retelling. Ireland’s customs and legends are largely based on the mythical stories passed from one generation to the next. In addition, Ireland boasts many symbols and sayings known the world over, and many of them originated within these tales. Nowhere are these stories more succinctly encapsulated than in Virginia O’Malley’s Mythos: Early Ireland.
The Celtic culture has always fascinated me. From early one, I was drawn to the stories of fairies and leprechauns. There is just something about the fantasies of Ireland that draws upon the best parts of one’s imagination. Virginia O’Malley has given readers like me, eager for more of Ireland’s folklore, something to sink our teeth into. This brief but thorough overview of the most popular myths of Ireland includes poetry, sayings and proverbs, as well as detailed explanations of the importance of symbols like the harp, ravens, and even dogs.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading her more detailed accounts of stories I have encountered here and there my entire life. I think my favorite part of O’Malley’s book is the section on sayings. The author does a wonderful job of providing readers with a reference book that serves as much, if not more, as entertainment.
Pages: 87 | ASIN: B0876CMBC8
Key to my Heart is a collection of love poems that I thought were thought-provoking and stirring. What serves as your inspiration when writing poetry?
I am inspired by places, events, people, and my poetry reflects the things I love or in my vision at that time. This collection was written as individual pieces and my most recent poetry. I will be revising this and making the book into a bigger collection with additional artwork.
I have an interest and inspired by world mythology, history, astrology, archaeology, photography, art, poetry, and music. I come up with a variation on my poetry from these influences. I have written over 200 poems and some are still unpublished because they do not fit into any category to put into a collection. I am working on publishing more books in the future.
What are some themes you find yourself often moving towards when writing?
I have a strong link towards mythology and the wonderful world of faery. I find the stories fascinating and feel inspired to write poetry after reading up on the subject. I have done a lot of research in the past on Irish mythology which is a subject close to my heart. I have been inspired to write a complete book on this subject with my favourite tales and original poetry to accompany the stories. I also like to create writing with a moral to the story which inspired by children’s book, “Princess Sweetness & Light”
My favorite poem from the collection was An Element Of The Horoscope. Do you have a favorite poem from this collection?
The Ghosts of Wuthering Heights is my favourite poem, based on the book by Emily Bronte published in 1847. The first time I read this book was on our school syllabus and I loved the story so much it has stayed with me all through the years.
Do you plan on publishing more books of poetry?
I am working on a new book of poetry, but this will not be ready until next year.
I spent all the lockdown writing and rearranging some works I had previously written and I have already independently published the following books which are available on Amazon worldwide:
Mythos Early Ireland (formally A Celtic Moment in Time) – based on my favourite Irish mythological stories with original art.
Princess Sweetness and Light – Illustrated children’s book with the moral of the story, “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder”
The Faery Tree – Earth Queen of Faery – Illustrated children’s-young adult story with adventures to faery.
Eire West – Poetry based on the West of Ireland – Mayo and Galway (original homeland)
Lockdown 2020 – Short read collection containing thinking time poetry/verse with my own photography.
Key to my Heart by Virginia O’Malley is a collection of more than a dozen poems written during lockdown about love and loss. For a couple of the poems, the author takes inspiration from other authors and classic literature. Many of the poems are thought-provoking, while others such as the trio of Wedding Day poems are a few short verses filled with sweet sentiments.
I enjoyed reading this emotional book of poetry. I liked that many of the poems read like song lyrics with a very melodious tone. Many poems had a degree of ambiguity in their meaning, which encourages the reader to think and allows each person to find their own meaning in the words. The author was able to invoke vivid imagery with her words. The book included an illustration drawn by the author, which I really enjoyed. I would have liked to have seen more of the authors art because I think that art and poetry pair well. Although I found the poems overall enjoyable and moving, I felt that there were rare instances of awkward word choice in a couple of the poems, which disrupted the otherwise lyrical flow of the verses. I thought that there was also a bit of repetition in some of the poems, in the use of the same phrases. I would have preferred a little more variation in the word choice of these poems, so that each one was entirely distinct.
Key to my Heart is an exceptional collection of stirring poetry that is sure to delight literary fans that enjoy their poems to evoke strong emotions.
Pages: 49 | ASIN: B089M1HW9C