Anthony Whelan 

Portal to The Thrillosophy Experience

About Anthony 2

My personal history and the writing process itself…

Many people have asked me about both…

I was born into a semi-rural family farm in North County Dublin, Ireland. My upbringing was characteristic of the Ireland of the time, with a solid and loving family unit that was steeped in the traditional values that were then typical.

One notable element of our family life that I remember to this day was the hard-fought debates every weekend, where no subject was taboo, and as teenagers of course we often took a contrarian view to our parents’ traditional beliefs simply because we were, well, teenagers!

I received a good education, and was destined to be a farmer for life, working with my now-departed Dad on the family farm, growing potatoes, grain, and rearing some sheep. But when I was in my early twenties, I had a serious accident on the farm, breaking both legs quite badly (I was less than impressed when a succession of surgeons told me how lucky I was to have survived the fall!). But this was one of my big learning experiences – as I lay for weeks in a hospital bed, in severe pain and fear, I saw patient after patient moving through the orthopaedic ward. And it slowly dawned on me that the surgeons were right – I was lucky! I was alive. I was not paralysed. I would (eventually!) be able to walk again.

Lesson #1 –No matter how bad it gets, it could be worse (and probably is, for someone not too far away).
And so I had to quit the manual labour of farming and move to an office job.
I set up an IT business with my then wife, and we had a family – three of the most incredible young adults when I look at them today.
Eventually, we sold the business and got 9-5 jobs, and life rolled on relatively uneventfully.
Unfortunately, the marriage then ended, and that was another time of pain and hurt for all involved. But as we all struggled to cope with a difficult situation, I slowly learned another lesson, though it may have taken me a long time to hear it clearly.

Lesson #2 – We can survive, no matter how damaged we are. Things can get better. There is always hope.

It was during that difficult time that I began searching for another purpose in my life. I am a parent, which I consider to be one of the highest callings, and that gives me value and fulfilment.

I was working in a desk job, which in truth gave me no real satisfaction, being a means to an end (paying the mortgage!), rather than an end in itself. And as I flailed about looking for a new reason for my existence, it came to me like a bolt out of the blue - that famed “Eureka” moment.
I sat in my car in rush hour traffic on the way to work one morning, wondering “What am I going to do?” And the answer arrived in a single instant, fully formed “I am going to write a book”.
The idea was fully formed, but if I’m honest, I was doubtful…
‘What?!’…‘Write a book?’…‘Who? ... ME?’…..‘HOW?!’

Many people feel that they have a book in them, if they could only write.
At different events, I have had people beyond measure say to me “That’s amazing, that you wrote a book. I wish I could do that.”

Lesson #3 – Anyone can write a book. The essence of any book is its story, and anyone can tell a story. If you want to write a book, I say to you … “Go for it”. Sit down, and whether you handwrite it or type it, just start writing. See what happens.

If you would like to understand how my first book ‘Laura’s Legacy’ then came about – please visit my blog here

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