Interview: Don Peavy

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.

Favorite authors?

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?

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5 Comments on "Interview: Don Peavy"

  1. I noted his idea of success: when others cite your work as being the most influential in their lives. No doubt a worthy goal to aspire to.

    Dawn Herring
    JournalWriter Freelance
    writing in genres of fiction, memoir, essay, devotional and poetry.


  2. Dawn,

    I couldn’t agree more!


  3. Bethany Hauf | July 28, 2009 at 2:31 pm |

    Ann Rice…. wow pretty racy there Mr. Peavy.
    I’m happy to hear you are perusing your dreams of writing. Why the Philippines? And what about your work as a pastor? And why is your book so darn expensive?


  4. Cathy Southworth | July 28, 2009 at 11:10 pm |

    Dr. Peavy,
    I agree that “writing is the ink of immortality”. Although I am a practicing nurse now and rarely have time to write, my best form of communication by far, has been the written word. When I am no longer walking this Earth, I take comfort in knowing that my writings will live on for my children and grandchildren to read. ~ Cathy


  5. Rochelle Culmsee | October 3, 2009 at 3:11 am |

    Dear Don E Peavy Sr. It is hard for me to believe that you would leave and go to the Phillipines without so much as a word to let us know that you were leaving the ministry and the country. We have been friend for so many years and one would think you would keep in touch. I did recieve your Christmas card in 06 or 07 I sent you one last year and never heard anything. Please contact us.
    Congratulations on your many successes. What an adventureous life you have been living all these years! YOu are truely BLESSED!


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