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Saturday 1 October 2016

Leigh Arnold: Writing a book has helped me deal with death of my son Flynn

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She's starred in some top Irish dramas and now actress Leigh Arnold has her sights set on becoming an author as she reveals she has started writing.

The Clinic star (35) is penning her first book inspired by her own life experiences.

The screen star has been writing a book on her "experiences and life" for quite some time, and though she is still unsure whether to publish her work, she said it has helped her to cope with the loss of her son Flynn.

"I've been writing a book quietly for some time now, kind of on and off," she told the Diary.

"It's something that has helped me heal a lot, whether I decide to publish it or not, we'll see."

However Leigh, who is five months pregnant, has had little time to put pen to paper lately as she's rushed off her feet campaigning for the bereavement charity, First Light.

After raising over €35,000 for the support group at her fundraising lunch in trendy Dublin restaurant Fade Street Social last week, the actress vowed to get back to writing - but first, she plans on taking a much needed holiday with her husband Steve and son Hunter.

Speaking at the event, Leigh said: "I haven't had much time [to write] recently with working for First Light and everything else.

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"The work [campaigning for the charity] is exhausting, but I feel like I'm doing it for my son and for other children as well, and that gives me great healing and strength.

"We're going to go on holiday after all this and relax. When I come back, my next goal is to sit down and get back to writing."

Leigh and Steve announced they are expecting their third child last month when the TV star tweeted a picture of Hunter (3) and her baby bump on Mother's Day and wrote, "Happy mummy's day mummy! #happiness #bunintheoven".

With her September due date just a few months away, the busy Dublin actress admitted that her pregnancy seems to be passing in the blink of an eye.

"I'm expecting in September and we're just over the moon," the actress said.

"This pregnancy seems to be going so much quicker than my other ones - I've been so busy working and I can't believe it's nearly summer already."

Leigh also said that she and her other half Steve have decided to wait until the baby arrives to find out whether it's a boy or girl.

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