Today we’re talking with Don E. Peavy, Sr. Mr. Peavey is a former lawyer, who left the legal profession to enter active ministry. He graduated from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University and pursued a PhD. at Claremont Graduate University in theology, ethics, and culture. Until recently, Mr. Peavy served as the pastor of McCarty Memorial Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Los Angeles, California.
Mr. Peavy currently teaches religious studies at Victor Valley College as well as philosophy, ethics, and religion at the University of Phoenix, Southern California Division. He now resides in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, where he is finally able to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a writer. Disaster is his first novel. He has had published two nonfiction works: a book on Christian ethics entitled, What Must I Do?: Bridging the Gap Between Being and Doing, which was published by Kendall/Hunt in 2006 and a book of philosophy, ‘Play It Where It Lies!’: How to Win at the Game of Life with the Rules of Golf, published by Hamilton Books in 2007.
I think you’ll relate to the anguish Mr. Peavy describes in losing a piece of luggage filled with poems. (All the writers out there are cringing!) Enjoy this interview.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I am from Fort Worth, Texas. I am presently living in the Philippines and before that I lived in Southern California. I have been writing all of my life. My greatest lost during Vietnam was the loss of a piece of luggage during my journey there which contained a lot of poems and letters which were written during high school and earlier.
What types of writing do you do?
Historical novels, philosophy, and religion. I also do culture criticism.
What’s the best thing about writing?
Writing is the ink of immortality. Our words will live long after our bodies have decayed in the ground.
Share some of your writing goals.
To win the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for literature are my long term goals. My short term goals are to convey certain truths through my writings.
Is there a specific time of day you like to write?
Yes, early in the morning and late at night.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
The Virtue of Selfishness (Signet) by Ayn Ryan.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I think in junior high school.
Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Ayn Ryan, Anne Rice, Elaine Pagels.
Book you’re currently reading.
Recently finished Carl Sagan’s, The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God.
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?
Yes. I always get past writer’s block by looking at my checking account which reminds me how poor I am and why I write.
What’s the measure of a successful writer?
How many people cite the writer’s work when they pay tribute to those who most influenced their lives.
Advice for other writers?
Go suffer. Great writing is born out of great suffering and the desire to warn others.
Where can we learn more about you?