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.
- Website: www.denishearn.com
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