My new book ‘Mental’ comes out this year


Allow me to be selfish for a moment. 2017 is going to be a huge year for me because this is the year that I publish my first book.

It’s a book of short stories and it’s called ‘Mental’. The stories all deal with the issue of mental health as it affects the five main characters, who are of different ages and backgrounds. My aim with the book – apart from creating a piece of work that hopefully has some artistic merit! – is to shed light into the often darkened corners of our mental worlds.

I’m self-publishing the book, a process that so far has been mostly enjoyable. As a child, I was fascinated with the physicality of books. I tried a few times to make my own, in an attempt to fulfil my dream of seeing my name on a front cover.

Armed with the Olivetti typewriter that Santa had brought, my drawing pens, paper and folders liberated from my Dad’s workplace, and lots of sellotape, I sadly found that the results were never quite up to my expectations. Back then, this was the best I could do (this ‘book’ was the result of a school history project): 


Had I been born only a few decades later, my younger self could simply have used one of today’s self-publishing platforms to publish my early attempts at a novel.

For Mental, I’m using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) for the ebook and CreateSpace, Amazon’s print-on-demand service, for the print version.

One of the most exciting tasks so far has been working with an awesome graphic designer to create the cover of the book. I’ll be revealing the cover on this blog very soon!

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Posted on January 17, 2017, in Writing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Looking forward to reading it.

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  2. Very best of luck with this, Orla. Well done you 🙂

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  3. That’s great news Orla. Looking forward to reading it 🙂

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  4. Can’t wait for this Orla,

    On 17 Jan 2017 3:36 pm, “Wait til I tell you – blog of Irish writer Orla Shanaghy” wrote:

    > Orla Shanaghy posted: “Allow me to be selfish for a moment. 2017 is going > to be a huge year for me because this is the year that I publish my first > book. It’s a book of short stories and it’s called ‘Mental’. The > stories all deal with the issue of mental health as it affects” >

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  5. mark roper poet

    Very best wishes for this Orla, looking forward to seeing the book.

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  6. Can’t wait to get my hot little hands on it.

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