D J Presson


D J Presson spent twenty-five pretty successful years with a phone glued to her ear chasing business opportunities (high-end caterer, small restaurant chef, rich man’s muse, Frenchman’s fiancé, public relations grunt, honest real estate salesperson, insurance company go-to person, insurance broker whipping post…) before finally retiring, moving to a house in the woods and chasing her dream of writing novels. She is the author of two books, The Broker and The Outcasts of Eden, and is currently at work on her third, The Heritage.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
The Outcasts of Eden tells the story of the environmental movement's 30 year struggle (1963 - 1996) to become recognized as a legitimate and valid concern for businesses around the world. The story grew out of an experience I had working at a high-powered public relations firm in Washington, D.C. in the 1990's, whose public persona was one of environmental support, but behind the scenes, was actually representing some of the most egregious polluters on the planet, and secretly waging war on the environmental movement. From that kernel of truth, I constructed a story where the protagonist, an environmental activist, suddenly inherits her father's environmental public relations firm, and vows to change the way the world of business views its environmental responsibility.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
A number of influential writers started their careers late in life. Daniel Defoe, Bram Stoker, Anna Sewell and Laura Ingalls Wilder all started their writing careers after the age of 50. I am honored to be one of these literary late bloomers, and pray that I am blessed with another thirty years to hone my skills in my second career.

Writing is a lonely and demanding profession requiring hours of uninterrupted time to think and imagine, and edit, edit, edit like the Dickens! That may be why so many writers don't begin their careers until well after the demands of family and workplace are behind them. I am well-suited to it, and have no trouble sitting for hours at my computer dreaming up the stories of the characters I create and their complicated, imperfect lives. I love the act of writing, and I love the craft of it. I love the research, and I love the discovery. I love the characters, and I love the storytelling. I love everything about it.
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Where to find D J Presson online

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The Outcasts of Eden
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 86,970. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
"Presson expertly establishes the book's 90's setting. Intricate and well-developed. An impassioned and enjoyable novel of activism, conscience, and family." -Kirkus Review
The Broker
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 117,160. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Business
Amidst the carnage of broken lives and depleted finances suffered by countless Americans due to the high cost of healthcare, The Broker tells the provocative story of the boardrooms, bedrooms and blowouts of the people and corporations that power the American insurance industry.