Danielle McLaughlin wanted to be a writer by the only way she knew how—writing from her heart. And ever since she discovered her passion for writing, she severed ties with her legal practice, although not entirely, for she still valued lawyers—lawyers who were writers like her.
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Stinging Fly Press, a literary magazine and an independent publisher, published McLaughlin’s collection of short stories, Counterparts, which inspired her legal past.
Her passion for reading became clear when she started to read law reports and soon enough it became natural to her!
“I had always loved the law reports anyway—we used to have to study them as law students, and they’re used all the time in legal practice,” she says. “I always found they were reading stories, almost like a collection of stories, and they had the most astonishing details in them. They were just gripping. It didn’t feel like study or work at all reading them.”
Later in life, she found a new appreciation for her law practices and how much it contributed to her insight and skill in her writing. “There are a lot of similarities I would say between an old job as a lawyer and my new job as a writer.”
McLaughlin wanted to share her joy of writing, so she began to contribute her talents to something that was not only for her readers or herself, but to change and save lives the best way she knew how: by writing and implying it through housing law.
Counterparts was put together two years ago to fulfill its purpose of raising funds and awareness for the Peter McVerry Trust, which focused on the homelessness issue in Ireland.
“It is such a huge problem, and like the vast majority of people, I want to see this fixed. I was very impressed with the work that Peter McVerry Trust has been doing for such a long time, for 32 years now. I also had a background myself in housing law. I worked previously in local government and worked as a solicitor in the pubic and private and voluntary sector.”
McLaughlin’s important choices brought creativity and current issues together. “I was interested anyway in the housing issues, so for me, it’s a way of this two separate tracks of my life weaving coming back together. Nobody involved in making the book is taking money from it. One hundred percent of the profit is going to the Peter McVerry Trust,” says McLaughlin. The sponsorships of ten legal firms accomplished this and thanks to her talent, McLaughlin made her short stories something that could change lives.