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Meet Denis Hearn of denis hearn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Denis Hearn.

Denis, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in Ireland and moved to the States in 1977 where I joined an Academy Award-winning animation production company, in Norcross, as a cameraman. After that I worked as a producer in Nashville and returned to Atlanta to continue my career as a independent contractor.

I changed careers after the economic slump and started an interior design business. During these ventures I continued to write, poetry, prose, articles and press releases. I began writing my first book and took writing classes at Emory.

Shortly before I retired, I began my first novel “Claddagh Pool,” and then writing full-time. It was published in 2012. I then began and published my second book “Bagger Island,” it was published in 2015. Both are murder mysteries, set in Ireland. I am currently working on the third book, “Retribution,” in the trilogy sequence and hope to publish it in the first part of 2018. See Facebook for details.

My wife, Suzette and I have two children and three grandchildren.

Has it been a smooth road?
Nothing is smooth. You have to be adaptable and not rely on one career or one set of skills. I have reinvented myself more than once.

I left Ireland as a film cameraman due to the political situation and the demise of the film industry. Began again in Toronto, in the same type of business and was hired by a Norcross company.

Next career I was in the media business as a producer. Next career I created a remodeling business. Next career I returned to the media world as an operations manager at CNN and downsized with Time Warner. Returned to the design world as a certified kitchen designer for a number of years till I retired.

Now I write on a full-time basis and travel. All research for books, of course!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Cleggan Design. Produced two books. Claddagh Pool and Bagger Island. story. Tell us more about the business.
I am known for my creativity in film, graphics, and production. I have been a producer where I was in charge of the entire project and process. Creating a script, hiring all talent and producing the completed spot or project.

Understanding the customer or client is the most important thing in any business. I made it my business to never lose touch with current clients and create new ones. This applies to anything I do. Operations management is one very important skill that I still use today in my literary production.

I like to create an imaginative team to work and manage with constant customer interaction during any form of production. I have a great imagination and try to see the potholes before I or my clients fall into them.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I have already seen shifts in industries that I have been involved in. Downsizing. Takeovers. On-line businesses replacing bricks and mortar operations.

My current industry has seen many changes. The publishing business has changed. Self-publishing is here to stay. In order to be seen and heard you have to promote yourself in a wide range of vehicles. Getting an agent is still a goal for most writers. This gets you credibility as a writer and gets you a ticket to the game. It is a game and as a writer, one has to be constantly creating new work and sending it to agents, publishers, and self-publishing as well.

Being a writer/author is a self-driven occupation. You do everything yourself. You create words for a book that becomes a product. You do book signings. You give classes. You are always in the promotion business. Nobody is going to do it for you.

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2 Comments

  1. Lilli Papaik

    February 7, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Great Article Denis! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Susan Crawford

    March 5, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    This is such a good article, Denis! I’m so glad we’re in the same critique group.

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