3 Minutes With an Author is a new series of interviews from Columba and Currach Press. The series will shed light on the mind of an author and we hope will prove insightful to both readers and aspiring writers. This week we are talking to Cora Guinnane and Joanne O'Brien, co-authors of the upcoming book 'Where I Find God'.

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1. Which writers inspire you?

Daniel O'Leary, Richard Rohr, Martine Lehane Sheehan, John O'Donoghue, Marianne Williamson.

2. Why do you write?

When there is a message or an idea we would like to awaken within public consciousness.

3. What is the hardest/ easiest thing about writing?

Finding quiet time is the most difficult thing. The easiest thing for us was having a co-writer, we motivate each other and can share the workload.

4. Any tips on how to get through the dreaded Writer's Block?

Get fifty people to write the book for you! It worked for 'Where I Find God'.

5. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson.

We really love Marianne Williamson's spirituality and her ability to draw wisdom from all the the major world religions. Marianne’s deep rooted connection with the divine is very evident in her writing. Marianne’s writing offers healing and a very positive spiritual psychology to her readers.

6. And finally... what advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Believe in your ideas, give it a go.

More about Cora and Joanne:

Cora Guinane is a Secondary School teacher and chaplain, and was chairperson of the Chaplains Association of Ireland from 2007 to 2009. 

Joanne O’Brien is also a Secondary School teacher and  Chaplain. She was the ‘brains’ behind the book Dyslexic Brains Learn Differently, a book by children describing their experiences with dyslexia that was inspired by her eleven-year-old daughter. Joanne also published the popular book The People’s Prayers.

More about Where I Find God:

Where I Find God is a thought-provoking book where many of Ireland’s finest thinkers share where they have found, and continue to find, the Divine in their lives. The book includes contributions by Mary McAleese, Brent Pope, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy and Fr Peter McVerry amongst others, in which they reflect on where they encounter God. These encounters can be provoked by both positive circumstances – in the midst of great beauty, or through human relationships – as well as by the pain and suffering which we all inevitably face at some point in our lives. Their reflections are accompanied by photographs that both complement and enhance the inspirational prose.

Whether you follow a particular religion or interpret God in a broader sense, Where I Find God is truly a treat for the soul, a work that causes the reader to pause and reflect on their own unique spiritual experiences.

Thank you to Cora and Joanne for taking the time to answer our first in the series of 3 Minutes With an Author.