Prestigious award for former Cross’ man’s debut novel

May 18, 2015

A former Crossmaglen man who has made his home in America has scooped a prestigious award with his debut, self-penned novel.

John A Brennan’s book entitled ‘Don’t Die With Regrets’, has been chosen as the winner of the Memoir category in this year’s Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Through the pages of ‘Don’t Die With Regrets’, John takes the reader on a journey around the world. Moreover, while the journey begins in ancient Ireland, it is truly a path of self-discovery.  His own life story is replete with tales of humor, tragedy, adventure and self-realization.  For John, the quintessential question is one that asks what it means to live life to the fullest extent possible.  How should we live our lives, such that our time here is neither wasted nor full of regret at life’s end?

Don’t Die with Regrets will challenge you to examine your own purpose and place in the world.  You will come away with a new and engaging perspective on the meaning of life, love, loss, and renewal.

John, who is originally from the Carron Road, is a regular visitor to the area where his sisters, Teresa and Marion, and many of his extended family still live. He left his beloved home “many moons ago” to see the world and has been ‘island-hopping’ ever since, living for a time in Manhattan, the island he terms “the largest open-air lunatic asylum on the planet”.

The urge to travel and explore the cultures and sacred places of the ancient peoples has always been John’s driving force. Starting in 1993 he was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do just that. He spent seven years traveling and absorbed the energies he believes emanate from all sacred sites. From Newgrange in the Boyne Valley, to Stonehenge in England, the Mayan and Aztec temples scattered throughout South America and the colossal pyramids in Egypt, he has visited them all and is convinced that a common thread connects them.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest not-for-profit book awards program for indie authors and independent publishers. Now in its eighth year of operation, the Awards were established to recognize and honour the most exceptional independently published books in over 70 different categories.

They are presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (, in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency.

John will receive his award at a presentation ceremony to be held at the Harvard Club in Manhatten on Wednesday 27th May.

Don’t Die With Regrets is available for purchase on