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I am a Western New York writer whose heart is firmly fixed on Ireland and Northern Ireland. A legal assistant by day, when I am not at the law firm I spend much of my time writing from various spots in my house (I have never settled on one writing location). My backyard is one of my favorite places – hence, the View From My Backyard blog. I have two novels out, Walking Through The Mist and Crossing The Lough Between, and poetry collections, Fragility and A Song Of Ireland. In my off time, I enjoy the company of family and friends, quiet moments with God, and photography and music.

My favorite quote is “dream no small dreams; they have no magic to stir men’s souls”  (anonymous). I hope my passion and drive to follow my dreams encourages you to follow your own.

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  1. Charlene Rosati #

    I’m so happy to be the first one to write here. There are no words to tell how much of an inspiration you are to women, …well…ANYONE! People, find your dream…then follow it, through thick and thin….Sinead…I couldn’t be prouder if you were my own kid. or sister…but you are my heart sister, right? God bless in all you do. Dreams….they’re not just for sleeping…they’re for realizing.

    December 11, 2013
    • Char, we ARE sisters in every way that counts!! Your support means so very much to me. Thank you for your beautiful words!

      December 11, 2013
  2. Kelley Galyen #

    MAN! I should have known Char would beat me to it, but as the other part of the twinlet, I cannot tell you how proud I am of you! You set your eyes on the goal and never looked back. I know this is just the beginning of what will prove to be an amazing journey. Thanks for letting me tag along!! Love ya more than you love snow!! GO FEARLESS!!!

    December 11, 2013
    • Kelley, the Twinlets Rise!! Lol. I am so very glad and grateful to have to accompany me on this journey! Hey, this is fun!! What should I do next?? !!! : )). Love ya more than I love snow!!

      December 11, 2013
  3. Susan Hermiston #

    ah Sinead i am so happy that you have made your dreams come true!! Lots of hardwork, headaches, tears, frustration and so much more has gone into this dream of yours and you should be very proud of yourself. I do so wish to be like u someday! This is only the Beginning of many more dreams of yours!! God Bless you!! Love u Sis so much!

    December 11, 2013
    • Sue, honest, if I could reach my dreams I think anyone can. Set a plan for yourself, and don’t hold back! And you know I’m here anytime you need support – you have always been there for me! : )

      December 11, 2013
    • Sue, you have been along with me for the whole ride, and I am so grateful for your support!

      December 13, 2013
  4. Maribeth #

    This is super exciting!i am so glad that you have shared your dream and journey with us! I look forward to reading your first novel and every one to come after! Love you and congratulations! Here’s to the future!

    December 11, 2013
    • Maribeth, my sis, you are so wonderful. Isn’t it fun learning what our dreams are and then following them? I’m so glad you’re on the journey with me! Love you!!

      December 11, 2013
  5. Beth O. #

    SOOOOO proud of you! It has been so exciting watching you reach for this dream & to finally see it has come true! Way to go! I know that sometimes you felt like you wanted to give up….but you kept on pushing forward & now look…you are a published author! And yes-this IS just the beginning! You have many more books in your future-many more stories to tell! So we’d better get our butts back to Ireland….for research purposes of course!!! 😀 You grab your notebook & I’ll get the duct tape! HA! I’m NEVER gonna let you live THAT one down! Maybe you could include THAT story in your next book!

    December 11, 2013
    • Not the duct tape!! Noooooo!! Actually it was electric tape – and I still can’t believe you had to miss that moment! I was so very glad you were along for the research – that was a trip of a lifetime. Yep, time to get moving on my next project! And you, girl, have so much talent yourself, and it is exciting to see how you are advancing towards your goals as well! Love ya!

      December 11, 2013
  6. Joyce Grinewich #

    Beautiful! Onward and Upward! God Bless You!!!!

    December 11, 2013
    • You are one of the greatest angels that keeps me going! Thank you so much for your support, friendship, and for showing such great passion for my book!

      December 11, 2013
  7. Lisa #

    Life begins when we step outside our comfort zone. I’m so glad you finally got comfortable with being uncomfortable. The possibilities are endless…

    December 12, 2013
    • Thank you so much Lisa. Yes, stepping outside our comfort zones and challenging ourselves brings great rewards in so many ways!

      December 12, 2013

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