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Thankful to those who come forward

Updated on January 31, 2011

Every day another breakthrough

My quest to discover more about Gearoid O'Sullivan is picking up momentum now. I recently spent a lovely afternoon speaking with Gearoid's grandson, who lives in Canada. Then today, I received an email from his grandniece, whose father has heard many tales about Gearoid. I dearly hope she will agree to meet with me to share her story (and listen to mine!).

In a few months I'll be taking the biggest leap of this writing journey. I'll be heading to Ireland to finish up the final research for the book, and also to interview a few more relatives who will hopefully have interesting stuff to tell.

On that note, I've just heard from another helpful source (well to call him helpful is an understatement) who has been plying me with invaluable information and old clippings. He is trying to figure out his connection to Michael Collins and is interested in understanding Gearoid's familial relationship to Michael. On that note, I have also heard from (and received some help from) Michael Collins great-nephew.

Some Help From YOU, Please, Dear Reader

I wrote a draft chapter one and immediately put it into the (figurative) fire. I have been working on this project for so long, doing research, flying here there and everywhere to interview people, and obsessing over Gearoid day and night to the point that I'm finding it hard to start writing. Silly me, I realize that I am writing when I write for HubPages, but that's different. Or is it? Should I write yet another Irish historical nonfiction book or should I try for something different? Should I abandon any pretense of writing a history and instead write this book from the first person, sort of a "Julie and Julia" type of work in which I describe the journey and what I found there? Please write and share your thoughts and suggestions!


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