Larry G. Maguire
Writer | Artist | Storymaker
Hello and welcome, I’m Larry. I live in Dublin near The Phoenix Park with my wife Joanne and our three kids, Ruairí, Cian and Cara. I’m a project manager by day, studying a degree in psychology by night, a slight perfectionist and of course, a writer.
The stories I write attempt to acquaint you with the tragedy and hope of ordinary people’s lives. People like you and me as we try to find happiness, uncover our place in the world and understand why we are here.
I couldn’t give two fiddlers if people think it’s no good, I’m merely compelled for some reason or other to write and share the product.
I like to challenge popular opinion sometimes too. I’ll regularly ask you to consider new, often counterintuitive concepts. You may find the material controversial, evocative, even unacceptable. But my hope is that you find it measured and thought provoking.
Some of it is heavy shit and at times opinionated, but I think it matters that I share it.
What’s Your Background?
Although I didn’t really want it, I left school at 15 and began an apprenticeship as an electrician – turns out I was a really good one. Almost immediately I was charged with responsibility and after a brief stint in Philadelphia drinking my ass off, I returned home to start my own business at age 26.
I operated that electrical contracting business quite successfully for 15 years, counting Intel and US Government as clients. The business kept moving reasonably well through the crash in 2008 but by 2010 work had dried up. With big debt and no work I had to shut the doors.
Everything I had built was gone. It was a real blow to my sense of self. However, I had found a new passion – writing. I was spending considerable time online writing, building websites and experimenting, and so I decided this would be my new direction.
The last 10 years have been a real challenge for me professionally and financially, but you know what, I wouldn’t change a thing. Despite the significant challenges it’s been a real ride (in a good way) and I am better person for it.
All the shit has given me a new perspective, one I wouldn’t change for any money. It’s been the foundation for huge personal growth and a basis for my writing.
What Do You Write About?
Admittedly, I only write about what interests me, however my hope is that my stuff strikes a chord with you. I tend to tackle life’s deeper questions such as;
- Why are we here?
- Why do people behave the way they do?
- Are evil people really evil?
- Do we have free will or is life predetermined?
- Why is sex hidden away and killing promoted on TV and in the movies?
- Is there a God?
- Does time exist?
- Are we alone in the Universe?
I write fiction and non fiction. I write stories about ordinary people facing life changing decisions, presenting you with ideas that may challenge your worldview and notion of right and wrong.
Some of the stuff I write is amusing and easy to read. Some of it will not be so easy to read, but my hope is that the material will get you thinking, talking and sharing.
What’s Your Philosophy?
My philosophy for everything is to just go for it and fuck the consequences. It’s not that I encourage recklessness, but rather that you consider adopting a “can’t lose” attitude. I’m constantly working on this myself, so when I figure it out I’ll let you know.
For me success is in the eye of the beholder, so think as big as you can, move from your heart and follow your dreams. Put those closest to you top of your priorities but put yourself first – Nothing else matters.
Do what you love and do nothing else. Life is short so you shouldn’t spend it doing the things you don’t like. Make your work your art, and throw you heart and soul into it.
Say “fuck it” daily, take chances and have no regrets, because you and everyone you know will be gone one day soon.
Get In Touch
If you’ve something to say, please get in on the conversation in the article comments – I love the engagement. You can also email me, phone, Tweet me or pay me a visit over on Medium. I look forward to hearing from you.