Interview with Patrick W Kavanagh

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Dublin, Ireland, during a period of great social change. The church still controlled most aspects of society, while an underground movement of socialism slowly chipped away at the bond between church and state. Taught by monks, - I was raised as a devout catholic, until my decision to enter the priesthood caused me to question everything which I had taken for granted.
I have spent most of my life in trying to answer those questions. My poetry and writings stem from more than forty years of .trawling through books, and joining various sects and groups. Finally I learned to ask the right questions from the proper source. I could be described as a Gnostic, - as I believe that my writings come to me from the Muse, or: Spirit, the Goddess, the Universe... Call Her what you will.
Do you remember the first poem you ever wrote?
The first ever poem for public viewing was 'The Goddess Calls'. I wrote it in about two minutes and was almost forced to publish it on social media. I remember the fear I felt as I pushed the 'publish' button! I have included it below...

The Goddess Calls

Who are you ?
Strange longing that has crept into my restful soul,
I hear your quiet whisper, but,in words not of my race...
There is nothing in this world is seek,- My cup is full
and yet you call me softly from some distant place.

Are you the whisper in the wind that calls my name ?
The Breaking of the waves against some rocky shore?
Or Moonlit shadows rustling in some country lane.
I feel as ...if somehow you've called my name before.

Stay !..don't fade away !
Your gentle torture seems to stir my bones.
I wait and listen in this dying light of day,
Perhaps My Goddess speaks in these soft tones.

Oh that I were not deaf and blind
to all those things on which my spirit soars,
If all the thoughts which cloud my mind were gone,
And only You and I remained as once before.

Patrick Kavanagh
When did you first start writing?
After the passing of my late wife, Frances, I was given a poem to write called "The Goddess Calls" during meditation. I was 'told' to post it on a social media site. My following grew and many more poems followed, then short stories. I began to collaborate with Bill Oliver, a graphic artist from Canada. We were invited to send a manuscript to Galde Press. After three years of delays, I decided to self publish my novella, 'Kiara' and 'Finding Your Own Way', - a book on meditation with some advice for new searchers into the spiritual aspects of life. Bill and I are still waiting for the publishing of 'The Faery Realms'. It is a huge project with about one hundred pages of art, along with poems, stories, meditations and sightings of the Fae.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When a reader thanks me for a particular poem which has helped them or inspired them, then I feel that I have been rewarded for my efforts. The greatest joy is in simply writing. I never remember what I have written. When I read something, as if for the first time, and see the wisdom and compassion of the Universe, - I feel an overwhelming sense of love and protection.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My wife, Tina and I give shamanic healings with the spirit drum and hold workshops and demonstrations around Lincolnshire.
We also give Tarot/ spirit readings and Demonstrations of mediumship.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
This book touched me deeply. Society is a new invention which has never found a fair method for sharing wealth. Seeing Paris before the inevitable French Revolution is a lesson to us all. It is just one aspect of how desperately mankind needs to evolve before we destroy ourselves by greed and arrogance.

The Purpose of Love by Richard Gardner.
This is a strange book. It was written before the 'New Age' movement was born. Richard Gardner tried to devise a system for personal evolution in an age where information was not so widely available. Many of his ideas are now widely spread under new labels in memes and blogs across social media.

Psychic Self Defence by Dion Fortune.
Viola Firth was a Scottish psychiatrist, who wisely, published under the pen name of Dion Fortune. She was a member of the Golden Dawn, and her books give a valuable insight into the side effects of spiritual development, meditation and involvement in 'occult' circles. Given her association with the infamous Aleister Crowley, I am certain that she wrote much of her advice from a perspective of practical first hand experience.

The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies by the Reverend Robert Kirk.
This was a brave book, written as honestly as possible, about Scottish folklore in a time when even speaking of the fairies could bring the wrath of the authorities down on oneself with a vengeance.It is a small book, - but lovely to

Lifetide by Lyall Watson
It was in the writings of Lyall Watson that I found a way to gain a rational footing in studying the occult. His assertion that much of the paranormal is just an indication of questions which are unanswered as yet by science, inspired me to keep 'one foot in both camps' as I explored spirituality, religion and magic.
What do your fans mean to you?
I do not believe that I have "fans", but I have reached out to many lovey people who have enjoyed my writings.To know that someone understands what you are trying to relate is a great gift. Being contacted by someone who was suffering or feeling depressed and who felt uplifted by my writings is one of the greatest joys in my life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am working on a series of books of poetry, called Healing the Heart. Finding the best way to collate over a thousand poems has been a challenge. I am choosing those poems which have been commented on as helpful to readers in times of sorrow and loss. I believe that the poems are given to me by Spirit. Many people have found comfort and upliftment in them. I may split them into small books, at low cost, to make them as widely available as possible. Many of my readers want me to go to print and it is something which I will do in the near future. Creating smaller books without illustrations, will allow me to take this step much sooner.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was Paddington Bear! I loved marmalade sandwiches and still do. He was a kindred spirit. I felt that, like Paddington, I too must have come from 'Darkest Africa'. I learned to read very early, and as a four-year-old, I found the world of adults as bewildering and as far removed from sanity as my hero, Paddington did!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Getting onto my laptop. I will write in the Muse dictates or check on my social media sites and pages for comments and views.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I often use my phone for saving and reading books. It was one of the reasons why I chose Smashwords as a publisher. I will often download a book to several devices,such as my laptop or kindle; - so that I can catch up on my reading, wherever I am.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
At first, it was frustration at the lack of progress to my first,- still unpublished book, 'The Faery Realms'. Then as I mastered the skills needed to become an independent author, I began to see the great potential for ebook publishing. Working with Smashwords, I could upload a book, check it then remove it and change any undesirable aspects which were not obvious during editing. I am still very much a novice, but I intend to hone my skills over the coming years and make the comfort and inspiration which was given to me by Spirit, as widely available as possible.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a project called 'Healing the Heart'. It is a collection of poems which I believe are almost exclusively messages from persons who have passed to the other side. Obviously, I write in my own words, but some of my poems have a tone and content which is very different from what I consider to be my own 'personality'. Some have been proven by others to contain specific references which identified the real author in spirit. some have not and cannot be proven. All have a quality about them which seems to bring release and healing. I may add others to balance the book, but passing on these messages is my main concern as there may be someone who will recognise the memory of a loved one and find peace and closure.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has made it possible for me to reach out to a much wider audience. I am only beginning my journey and I have much to learn about marketing and distribution. Before I devout too much time to making any financial gain from my work, I want to get my books written and record the messages that were given to me in poetry and prose.Before I was given these messages, I had given up on life. They healed me and changed my world. Every comment from a reader who has found comfort in these writings, reaffirms my determination to carry on.
Who are your favorite authors?
Although I have read thousands of books on the paranormal, my first favourite has to be Terry Pratchett, and Tom Sharpe was also a writer whom I loved. After that, it would be Dion Fortune (Viola Firth), Jack London and Aleister Crowley.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually through recommendations on social media. I live in a rural area and rarely get to visit bookstores. Given the changing views on ecology, I believe that printed books are being rapidly replaced by ebooks as the most popular format for reading.
What is your writing process?
I often get an irrepressible urge to write. The first two lines of a poem will pop into my head and I have to try to remember them until I get to my laptop. Sometimes the rest will flow through in minutes and need very little editing. Other times I may spend a long time to finish the poem and rewrite many times until it flows. Prose is easier, - as I just write down what I see in my mind's eye. The real challenge come in the editing process.Sometimes I will totally rewrite a paragraph five or six times, only to remove it completely in a later editing.
How do you approach cover design?
When not working with Bill Oliver, - who is a graphics artist, I find or take a photograph which touches me emotionally. Then, I use a basic programme, which I bought quite cheaply, to add the text. There are free templates available to convert the image for printing a cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
The Game of Thrones series, The Painted Man series and anything which catches my eye.
Published 2016-01-24.
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Books by This Author

From the Muse
Price: $3.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 28,260. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
Enter the realm of the Muse; a journey through the collaborative works of the artist and the poet, with prose as light as a fairy, or as deep as the ocean. With words written from the heart by the Irish poet, Patrick W Kavanagh and complemented by the Inspirational art of Vancouver artist, Bill Oliver, we are taken on a journey to many different places and times.
Distant Shores ... Voices From Beyond the Veil
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 8,060. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
'Distant Shores' is a collection of those poems which have touched the hearts of many visitors to my online pages. Book one, 'Voices From Beyond the Veil' It is part of a series of short volumes on various themes. This, the first volume, - is about parting with those we love, and the eventual acceptance and peace which can come in time. I hope that it brings some comfort to those who are grieving.
Finding Your Own Way
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 18,850. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Meditation, Nonfiction » New Age » Meditation
Personal Meditations for Mastery and Self-knowledge. This is essential reading for those with an interest in the occult or spirituality. No-nonsense advice on the basics of Magic and Meditation is combined with beautiful and inspiring prose and art to facilitate successful meditation and spiritual development.
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 26,820. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Love leads to disaster and a princess of the Fae becomes trapped in a human body while both The Earth and the Faery worlds face destruction at the hands of a Goblin army. Can a frightened and confused little girl help to turn the tide in the battle for survival? Art and Cover page by Bill Oliver