Rori O'Keeffe


Rori O'Keeffe was born in Cork, Ireland in 1975. She emigrated to Ottawa, Canada, with her parents in 1979, and now resides in her two bedroom cottage near Perth, Ontario, with her six cats and eight goldfish.

Raised by storytellers, Rori began to write creatively by age six - as soon as she knew the alphabet and a handful of words. She says that the core of her approach to writing hasn't changed since: Go heavy on the drama, invent a few surprises,and don't forget that people like to smile and laugh.

She writes poetry and short fiction by day, and is plotting her first novel by night, expecting to publish that work by late 2014

Smashwords Interview

Name just one person, living or dead, that you would speak to, if you had the opportunity.
I would speak to Martin Luther King Jr., and thank him for making us aware of our common humanity. One of the new ways of thinking that humanity needs in order to survive is an empowerment of our human spirit - and that is found through an ethic of philanthropy, and love for all things people do that are constructive, and amazing. The civil rights movement that he helped lead has laid a cornerstone that humanity's future now lies on. I think his legacy will continue to grow as the generations pass and see progressively more tolerant and inclusive societies around them. We all owe him so very much.
What is your writing process?
Herbal teas, phone turned off, stereo on quietly, lights low, full moon and a lottery ticket stuffed in my back pocket.
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Where to find Rori O'Keeffe online


The Bard From The Sea
Price: Free! Words: 500. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The poem ends with the bard urging us to demand participatory democracy from our increasingly authoritarian governments, and begins with the end of the only true golden age our world has seen - the time before civilization's scourges began to afflict humanity with seemingly endless suffering. Civilization has been a catastrophe, all propaganda and wishful thinking aside, and it needs a re-think.
All These Years In My Heart
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 20. Price: Free! Words: 930. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
You don't have to keep your love hidden away forever, I have recently discovered. Someone new to my life has filled my being with all the feelings my heart has been waiting to release, all these lonely years. Like an Adam and Eve, we find ourselves in a world lit by intense meanings that we once held to be improbable. These six poems convey what this mature love means in my life. 652 words.
Late One Summer Night
Price: Free! Words: 2,320. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
(4.00 from 1 review)
I awake one summer night to the most beautiful, erotic sight of my life - a woman, tall, curvaceous and athletic, standing in silhouette in the silvery moonlight. The experience I have with her makes me complete, and takes me to a whole new world of love. Mature readers only.
Fools' Cemetery
Series: Unforgettable Fairy Tales, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 2,570. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
Jason meets a strange, charismatic toad, who tells him of the dreaded dangers in the woods behind Jason's new family home in the country. The Murdering Ogre, The Hall Of Killing Oaks, and The Fairy Ring are the dangers he faces, and if he doesn't survive, he'll end up in Fools' Cemetery at the end of the woods. Can he make it through? "I'm always right!" the toad insists. For teens+. 2,400 words.
The Music Of Living
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 19. Price: Free! Words: 1,110. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
We are all creatures of feeling within ourselves; music is the universal language of emotion, and so from the serenity of sleep to the cacophony of sounds from around the world, all may be understood as music that fills our beings. These three poems look at the music emanating from within me, the music that surrounds me throughout the day, and the sounds that come from all over. 800 words.
Why Hate Me?
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 18. Price: Free! Words: 690. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
(5.00 from 1 review)
In the name of love, or saviors, or in the pursuit of standards, some can't seem to help but loathe our common humanity. Why? For what good? These four poems explore the theme.
The Enemy Thrives Within
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 17. Price: Free! Words: 530. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Would that we could say to the men who lead our world - "You're fired!" Ah, but our founders, bless their privileged souls, thought it might be wise to let money talk, instead of wisdom. The hollowness of materialism, and the pursuit of power for the sake of abusing it, have eaten at the potentially fruitful tree of democracy. If we are the last generation, we ought to plant seeds.... A poem.
The Mediocrity of the Thought Police
Price: Free! Words: 810. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2014. Category: Essay » Political
Some of our cultural leaders have decided, ominously, to pick up the club of censorship to deal with words, such as "bossy", that offend them. They make the mistake of believing that words engender feelings, not the other way around; and they commit the ethical crime of proposing attempts at vocabulary control. Are the PC's (authoritarian lefties) going too far again? I let the reader decide. 18+
Beautiful Ways
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 16. Price: Free! Words: 1,240. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
What is it about life that draws us onward through our days? It is seeing through the eyes of others, enriching ourselves with the experiences and dreams that illuminate other lives. Life as it is seen through the eyes of children, or fish, or partying youth, or a great friend, can give us glimpses of what it is to be free-spirited, and reverential of what is given us. No adult-only content.
The Top 10 Strategies Of Successful Bachelors
Price: Free! Words: 3,610. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
There's a stereotype out there of lifelong bachelors as being eternal adolescents - this is just not so! It takes a lot of forethought, planning and acting skill to avoid the dreaded wedlock for a whole lifetime, and I present here my field notes on what it takes to be a successful bachelor. If it's your goal in life to be a hermit crab in romance, then follow these 10 tips for success. 18+.
An Aptitude For Perversity
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 15. Price: Free! Words: 670. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
What could possibly be the rules of the game, when perversity rules? These four poems look at the traps of perversity - and the sense of the perverse that can lead a way out of the dream-labyrinth that we are told is reality. Leaning heavily on prose but with poetic flair, An Aptitude For Perversity empowers the poet (and possibly the reader,) to keep their feet planted solidly on the earth.
Castles In The Desert
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 14. Price: Free! Words: 950. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
We are implored to seek isolation from others through selfishness, paradoxically, in order to find happiness. How can a person overcome the dictates of self-interest and become fulfilled? By looking within ourselves, and by looking to others, and by looking upwards, we may find the cures for one of the great, dismissed ailments of our age: Personal loneliness. These 7 poems point to the answers.
Hope Victorious
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 13. Price: Free! Words: 720. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
There would be no need for hope, were it not for the tragic dimensions of life; and so we hope for many things - and love is at the crux of all we desire. No life can be lived without tragedy; yet, sadly, hope can be lost. To hold onto hope it is necessary to recall what it is we hope for most in this world and beyond - a connection with others through love. Enjoy these four poems, and ponder.
Rori's Poetry 2013
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 12. Price: Free! Words: 14,650. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
All 118 poems I have published this year are here for your enjoyment. In retrospect, I can see that they are heavy on the themes of love, lust - and what a great world we could live in, if only.... Rated as purely entertaining with just enough substance to keep us on our toes, I can virtually guarantee that the reader will find plenty in here that is memorable - I pulled no punches in 2013. 18+.
The Queen, The Spy & The Troll Below
Series: Unforgettable Fairy Tales, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 4,230. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
There are three fairy tales here: The first is "The Queen And The Lily Pad", in which a wicked, inexperienced queen learns to care for others - not just for herself. The second tale is "A Fly On The Wall," in which a boy is granted his wish to eavesdrop on his parents; he discovers that it's better if he doesn't spy. The final tale is about a purported troll that inhabits a family's basement.
Spiralling Out Of Control
Price: Free! Words: 3,540. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Milky Way Melonie has surveyed the 8 species of the Galaxy besides her own species, the Buffies. She is presenting a paper to her college Master in hopes of obtaining the highest degree recognized by the Buffies, and she has done some hard work! At times hilarious, and at others thought-provoking, this short work represents the finest in contemplation of dystopias, extinction, and obsessions. 18+
The Philosopher Queen
Series: Mystical Blue, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 2,350. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
(3.00 from 1 review)
Mystical has an ever-growing legion of fans on the web, who love to tune in for her interviews. She conducts a Q&A session in her living room, revealing to her fans that she's not just a bedroom legend - she's a real thinking babe to boot. In her final interview, she answers questions on the theme of a Desert Isle Fantasy, and what it would be like to share a life with her in the tropics. 18+
The Tricks & The Treats
Series: Unforgettable Fairy Tales, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 5,400. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
The Tricks & The Treats are three fairy tales for the contemporary teenager to consider, with positive and humane messages in each. Entertaining for adults as well, these fairy tales illustrate the realities of addiction, the earthly benefits of being good in life, and the prize that freedom truly is. I recommend this book at 13+, with no explicit content. Please return and leave a review!
Love Me With Your Flesh {An Erotic Poem}
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 11. Price: Free! Words: 480. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Lighting the lustful passions of a shy lover can be one of the most erotic experiences imaginable.
On The Way To Paradise
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 10. Price: Free! Words: 1,380. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Paradise is discovered in retrospect, after it is lost. It is the best of all possible worlds - the best we can muster at present. These thirteen poems consider paradise from this vantage point.
Love Eclipsed
Price: Free! Words: 1,570. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Drama
Martin has just broken up with Stephanie, the latest in a long line of failed relationships for him. He is in denial about the relationship between his self-destructiveness and his frustration in love. Stephanie may be able to point the way out for him, if he has the desire to straighten up.
Passion & Love
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 9. Price: Free! Words: 4,820. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
In this volume are forty-four poems about the lovely passions. There are poems that are sultry, some that are sweet, some sizzle, and some plumb the depths of love's beautiful disappointments. Contemplation on all kinds of love are in here, including the eternal search for the undying love. There is mature content throughout, however very little of an explicit sexual nature. PG is advised. 18+
A Poem For Mother, A Poem For Father
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 8. Price: Free! Words: 460. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
If they were here today, what would I tell them? With their absence, I know more than ever what they meant to me, and these short poems are the best I could ever say to them.
Love, Death, Chaos, Stars
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 7. Price: Free! Words: 2,750. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
In this volume of poetry, you will find six poems each brought about by contemplation of love, death, chaos, and the stars. Not only do I leave the interpretations to my reader, I also hope to convey all sorts of grounded and inspiring thoughts. There are profound mature themes and a few sexual references, so I would advise parents to read first, before passing these on to their kids.
Out Of The Burning Forest
Price: Free! Words: 2,070. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
(3.00 from 1 review)
Based on a true story. Desi's younger brother Ken suffers from a mental illness that has plagued his life since adolescence. Follow Desi on what begins as a routine weekly visit to Ken, who has been diagnosed and on medication for twelve years. The surprise for Desi on that visit is Ken's brief, but powerful description of what it is to have lived his life, and recover from a troubled conscience.
Poems On The Cheap
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 1,000. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
I offer the ultimate questions for those who must live with and without God. I leave the meanings and possible interpretations to the reader. 18+
I Heard It At The Pub Crawl
Price: Free! Words: 5,720. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
If you like real people - as people really are - then this book is for you. I offer here a free collection of ramblings, wisdom, wit, insights, commentaries, interactions and personal revelations as they've come to my attention over the years as a pub crawler and general witness to the party scene. There's an overall trend I can discern in how it's laid out - and, it's undeniably entertaining. 18+
How To Mix Paints
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 2,280. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
I offer the reader fifteen poems, each from a different place on the palette of life. There are things taken too far, things not taken far enough, questions about the reality of love, assertions that things never really change, and of course, a dash of humor here and there. Most of the poems are free verse, with ample use of rhyme to keep things going. A good primer for life on the wild side.
Sunrise Wisdom
Price: Free! Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
(5.00 from 1 review)
This book offers forty insights into living that I have found in my journeys. Some I have learned from others, and some I seem to have realized on my own. The overall arc of this inspirational book is that optimism, with appropriate caution, is the best and most rewarding way of living. To be satisfied with our own lives and enrich the lives of others is the goal of living well, I firmly believe.
A Respite From Clarity
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 1,000. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Not knowing is to see clearly; knowing is to see without clarity. In these eight poems I drop back to a knowing point of view, in the hopes of understanding the world and how I fit into it a little better. Written with hesitancy, and comprehensible in only the slightest time, I draw a world in these poems that is doomed to obey the laws of Nature, regardless of what we may wish. (Mature themes.)
Lights That Lead, Lead Astray
Price: Free! Words: 1,460. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
Aimed at the young adult and older, I offer eighteen pearls I have found in my memory box. Are these pearls of wisdom? That question is best answered by the reader. To get places in life, you need a map - I think I have provided a few roads and arrows for the reader on their journey through life. There is no explicit content whatsoever, however some of the themes are challenging.
One Helluva Lotta Nerve!
Series: Mystical Blue, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 1,860. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
The new Mystical is buff - and vibrant, and confident, and happy. She has her eyes set on the man of her dreams, goofy ol' Dave with the incredible wit. Her scheme to get Dave to the altar is working perfectly - except for one little hitch.... Adult reading only.
My Little Blue Bestiary
Price: Free! Words: 1,730. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Nine creatures that inhabit the landscapes around us, described here in all their glory, as well as safety ratings, FWB potentials, and companionship quality scores. You might never be safer and more confident than you will be with my bestiary and a whistle! Adult content and mature themes.
The Sloughing Off Of Edgar Allen Tadpole's Tail
Series: Unforgettable Fairy Tales, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 920. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
A flash fiction fairy tale about an eternal theme in the lives of the young. Edgar Allen Tadpole reaches maturity just as the woman of his dreams arrives at his threshold. He can't believe her charms - nor, in the end, can she believe his.
Berserkers & Bare Naked Babes
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 820. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
The political climate is changing! Berserkers, a tongue-in-cheek poem about the serious issue of loss of democracy, tells the story as succinctly as I can tell it. The other fiction poem is all about a little trick the ladies can play on their unfaithful husbands - again, a humorous take on a serious issue: Puerile sex obsessions in grown, supposedly mature adults. 18+ for mature themes.
Emerging Love
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 710. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
A cautionary tale about love lost at sea, told from the vantage points of the memory at sea, and an old scotch pine in my yard. Love may fill a heart with its fires at one moment, and at the next strike it cold and unapproachable. Emerging Love is testimony to the incredible power that love has over our lives. 18+
The Persistence Of Tunnel Vision
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 360. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
There is no escape in tunnel vision. A tunnel may seem like a way out of a predicament, but it may also lead to a trap; an age-old story. Inspired in part by "The Scream."

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Smashwords book reviews by Rori O'Keeffe

  • Dreams of Love and Loneliness on July 03, 2013

    I can't believe how much it's like the journey to lasting love - hope springs eternal in these shining poems, against the backdrop of tragedy and despair. I was moved. A million thanks!
  • Insomnia (A Poem) on July 04, 2013

    I see a question in this - what is sanity? Taken in plain meanings or metaphors, this poem is memorable. Hugely entertaining!
  • Too Little Too Late on July 04, 2013

    Very well written and evocative, and the characters are drawn as sympathetic with considerable skill. However, I found it to be ultimately quite predictable.
  • Burdened on July 26, 2013

    It is a story that hurtles to a crushing finale - as memorable a short piece as I am likely to read.
  • Half Baked on July 31, 2013

    A witty title and a revealing look at a young woman who seems even more interested in helping others than herself. A very human portrait of suffering and compassion - it has helped me see more than I could before.
  • Mistress Natasha's Day Off on July 31, 2013

    This story has the merit of depicting two people who are not usually seen in media depictions of the world. However, it is unevenly and jarringly paced, which threw off what could have been my enjoyment of the piece. As well, the dominatrix's alter-ego in everyday life was not very surprising to me.
  • Coinage on Aug. 02, 2013

    A clever and to-the-point story that, along with the description's promises, also delivers an angle on the frustrations of living with "big" government.
  • Stuck in a Hotel Room Closet on a Friday Night on Aug. 02, 2013

    A very suspenseful and intriguing story with enough humor to keep it entertaining. I liked the portraits of the characters.
  • Megan Sue's Story Prosetry on Aug. 02, 2013

    The story of us all in this wilting world - positive, yet real. I found this to be a very good piece of prose poetry.
  • Hell and the Devil on Aug. 05, 2013

    Some interesting ways of depicting the evils of the world, with many powerful lines in it.
  • Just Friends on Aug. 07, 2013

    Seems like it's all in here - beauty, seduction, curiosity, advancement, friendship, discovery, love, and romance. A beautiful story that's written just the right way.
  • The Man on Aug. 07, 2013

    "The Man" is a powerful story of what goes on daily around so much of the world, yet is virtually ignored by the mainstream media. I would most strongly recommend this short piece.
  • Evil Sun [New Version] on Aug. 08, 2013

    An incredibly suspenseful, reality-based horror story, that left me wondering how such catastrophes are able to unfold. Death spreads its tentacles if it is unchecked; this is a story for everyone, everywhere, to read and ponder.
  • Poe's Last Day on Aug. 27, 2013

    An atmosphere of unrelenting tragedy and cruel fate for the abandoned make this a very, very good read.
  • Blue Moon on Aug. 27, 2013

    A story that rings true of the author's experience - a common experience that becomes shocking in this telling.
  • Timeout on Oct. 15, 2013

    This story is well written, timely and to the point. The wealthy character seems to have the observed arrogant attitude of so many - kudos to the man who found his watch!
  • Smashwords Style Guide on Nov. 04, 2013

    Even though I don't use Word - I use another document software - I found the guide amazingly helpful in figuring out what it is I have to do to properly format. It's a lengthy read with lots of info I don't need YET, and if you're patient enough to write a book, you'll have no trouble handling the Style Guide's labyrinth of directions and suggestions. This book seems to have everything covered.
  • Government Corrupted on Nov. 13, 2013

    It's not often I see a poem that directly addresses what most ails our times, and although it's clearly American, it could be written of almost any democracy in the western world. Our leaders cannot see, therefore cannot lead. Excellent!
  • Shoah: Remembering the Forgotten on Nov. 21, 2013

    Well researched and vividly rendered, the words in here can teach us to think before we act - and always remember a time when the world seemed to have no conscience, and God did not seem to care. The humanity of the victims is in stark contrast to the inhumanity of the perpetrators - it's brilliant. I hope to see more from this author.
  • Love Notes on Jan. 18, 2014

    Lovely poems with universal themes. I really enjoyed it.
  • Crossing the Rubicon: A Tale of Julius Caesar on March 31, 2014

    Written compellingly as though she herself were actually a witness to the events, one of history's biggest turning points is rendered in a manner that makes the story both surprising and human. I'd love to see a sequel.