Interview with Dara Reidyr

Who are your favorite authors?
I love to read anything by Chris Hedges. He is a modern day philosopher/activist and I believe he has something important to say to us in this era. I also love to read the classics of many different genres and styles from Emerson to Frost, Poe to Wordsworth. I also love to read the Romantic poets and Thomas Paine.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a short story series based on global economic, ecosystem, and mental health collapse. I am also author of my own blog where I post poetry daily.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that we all have a purpose in this life, even if we do not know what that is yet, is what wakes me up each day. Some days are harder than others, but I believe we all have something important to say and give to humankind.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy watching movies, reading, taking walks/exercise, and spend time with my immediate family members and friends. I love to be engrossed in meaningful conversation and learn from others philosophy of life.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am fairly new to the ebook world, but I have ran across many interesting ebook authors while blogging and have found them that way.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. One day I sat down, much to my frustration of life, and began to write about a dream I had. It turned into a short story about a world changed for the better. I realized I found something I love to do.
What is your writing process?
I usually find inspiration through nature or something profound someone says and it sparks my creativity to write about it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story, but I remember the last one I read that has had lingering effects on me. It is actually a book by Chris Hedges entitled Days of Destruction Days of Revolt. I do remember some early books I read as a child, the Nancy Drew mystery books to be exact.
How do you approach cover design?
I have to make such things as simple as possible for me, since I have zero graphic skills. I found some affordable cover designs online and I use them with the copyright they give you. Then I use indesign simply to put the wording on the cover. Anything more in depth than that, I call on a graphic artist that I found in my hometown.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't really have any five favorites, but I will tell you I love to read anything about the human condition but also on the flip side, I like to read stories that have a fantasy flair to them.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read anything akin to Tolkien, fantasy related. I think it gives me a creative outlet and a release from too much negativity in the world.
Published 2015-01-27.
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