Interview with Dea Irby

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Helping others move one step closer to a better version of themselves.
What are you working on next?
a collection of stories from years of rearing 8 children....some embarrassing, some inspiring, some hilarious
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up on a large, Mississippi ranch which provided ample space to roam and play allowed my imagination to simmer and stew. "Way back then" when the playstation was a mud puddle, life was embraced. A mimosa tree provided pretend butterbeans to cook on the rock and stick stove. A random sturdy stick was the drawing tool for the life-size floor plan of my dream house in the middle of the dirt drive. Possibilites seemed endless and unfettered. My mind had a positive kickstart.
Describe your book shelf.
A glance at the variety of books on my bedroom book shelf either shows my abundance of interests or ADD! I have self-help to parenting to history to theater skills to Biblical studies to travel and more topics covered. A Jill of all trades may not make me a master of any but I can join in on a number of conversations!
When did you first start writing?
My first attempt at a real writing project was in high school. It failed. Poor planning. Big idea, little skill. My blogs, The Baron York and O Dea Me!, were more consistently published.
What do your fans mean to you?
What good is a voice if no one hears it? Everyone has heard the proposition in science class: "If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to hear, does it make a sound?" (there is a philosophical answer to that!) The same goes for writing. Fans are the inspiration, the driving force, the reason to write.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
excitement of what the day holds and joy that I didn't wake up dead or something!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working in my real estate business or being with family (which sometimes includes traveling all over the world to see them).
I have been known to participate in a triathlon or play tennis. I enjoy cooking and creating new recipes.
What is your writing process?
stream of consciousness or as I say "throw it up on the page and then clean it up"
What do you read for pleasure?
I wish. If is happen to pick up a book that I enjoy, I get totally absorbed in it and NOTHING else happens.
Published 2014-08-29.
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Books by This Author

What's in Your Cup?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Personal Growth
Faced with the challenges of serving others, women in ministry often suffer burnout or depression, sometimes even resentment, envy and jealousy. What attitude has been steeped? Using the illustration of tea, this short eBook offers a perspective that helps deal with being in hot water.