It’s a truism – everyone has at least one story in them.
And it was one story by Louise O’Gorman that caught our eye last year which really resonated with M Word readers – when we were just knee high to a grasshopper. Since then, Louise has continued to write her truths – you’ve continued to support her.
So we have no hesitation in featuring Louise in our first Six Word Mum series, a brief insight into what makes an M Word Writer tick – other than wine or coffee.
Motherhood In Six Words?
Joyous, exhausting, daunting, love, protective, unconditional.
What Inspires Your Writing?
I have written since I was a young girl. It always helped me escape to another world. I used to write short stories for my little sisters and they would beg me at night time to read them to them. Anything or anyone can inspire me really. Writing articles, I normally write what’s happening in my life or what is grating me! Writing short stories, I get ideas from people’s lives, I like listening to other people’s stories and I get inspiration from them. The tiny little articles in the paper that nobody reads, except me. I take those pieces and make a fiction short story from them, with the back bone being the small paper article. I get great peace and satisfaction from writing, at times it’s a therapeutic process.
What’s Your Story?
Everybody has a different story, a road map nearly of their life and how they got to here and now. Writing my story in a limited amount of words gives me a sense of discomfort. Why, you ask? I know I am used to sharing my stories with you. I suppose it is easier to write behind the comfort of a fictional character even if the story is about you. That simple thing of changing a name or writing as a guest protects you. Finding the right words to bring meaning to your life is the quest. So here goes:
I am a stay at home Mum and part time writer of articles and short stories. I am a fiercely independent forty something who spends her days massaging the ego of three young children. Only so I can create genius’s so I can retire and live the high life. Married to my childhood sweetheart the foundation to most of my happiness, on a good day the kids fill the rest of the happiness jar. My story to date has consisted of a mixed bag of emotions and experiences in childhood. Leaving home at seventeen to find my way in the world was not by choice it was a necessity. But it gets better from there except with one more dip in the road. Marrying himself having my first child then my second two years later; he was my ECMO baby who changed everything for me, even my direction in life. Three children later and still happily married. I hope my story ends with writing and publishing that book.
Whose Writing Do You Admire And Why?
I love authors with personality, humour and a bit of madness running through their veins and their stories. Marian Keyes would be an all-time favourite of mine. I love her wit and sense of humour, it is very similar to my own. She has always been my inspiration to write that book. Marian’s ability to produce a story that captures you from page one is in every one of her books. Maeve Binchy is the master story teller, in my opinion nobody can bring a story full of characters together like her. Cecelia Ahern is a second favourite. I always remember reading PS I Love You and bawling my eyes out. The ability to make someone sad, laugh, angry or express any emotion while reading a story is my goal.
If You Had A Superpower For Just One Day What Would It Be And What Would You Do With It?
I love this question! I mulled over this for a while with my children and husband and it caused some giggles.
So I thought about Time Travel: One of my kids reminded me I don’t like to travel so that’s out.
Night Vision: I explained to my kids that when you have children you gain the ability to move around the house with no lights on and in stealth mode.
Super strength: Have you seen the Yorkie ad carrying in the shopping bags in one go? That’s me while taking a call.
Telepathic: To which my husband bravely chirped in, she knows everything she does not need that power!
So I decided on the Power of Mimicry: What is this? This is the power to absorb and copy other people’s abilities and powers.
What would I do with it? I would hunt down my favourite authors and rub myself off them and write that book before the clock struck midnight. I would visit my children’s school and shake hands with all the teachers and homework would be a breeze that night.
But let’s be honest as Mums we are already super heroes.
Which Story Are You Most Proud Of And What Inspired You To Write It?
This is an easy question for me it has to be Holding my breath- My ECMO baby and me. This is a story that changed my life, my family’s life, forever. It broke me down completely and then built me back up again. I truly thought I would never recover even though he survived. I have never felt such pain and emptiness as I did when Matthew was born. Writing about it, telling my story as honestly as I could has helped me in so many ways. It helped me find the missing pieces and ended my mourning him. The one thing it did is it inspired me to write again. It gave me the confidence to write again and from my heart. It introduced me to The M Word which has being an amazing experience.