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Updated on August 3, 2012

Interview Questions and Answers


1) How did you first become interested in writing?

I grew up with words and emotions all around me. My first poem, “Butterfly” was colored-penciled at the age of 4. I remember that my Mom was ironing when I showed her the paper with butterflies all drawn in the margins. She stopped what she was doing, read it and praised my work all the way to the old fridge. It was late spring and everything was in full bloom, ripe for the summer’s heat. Writing and drawing was what I liked to do. Writing improved….not so much my drawing….although I do have other ways of creativity!!

2) How long have you been actively writing?

I lived in times of strife. I learned quick that life wasn’t going to be easy for me. I dove into writing, not only as an escape, but for healing.

By the time I was 12 I was placed in a foster home. I had already suffered a lot of mental, physical and emotional abuse. Children back in the day didn’t have any rights. Did it make me bitter? Not then. I was an introverted child. My writing WAS my only solitude. Until the day I came home and found that my foster mother had tracked down all my scraps, papers, manuscripts and had it all already burning in the barrel when I came home from High School. She didn’t have 2 theme books….they were still in my locker. 5 years of my work…aflame. I died inside…that day….

I still have…those theme books. For many years I stopped writing…I became a Storyteller…A Keeper of Words, telling my children Bed Time Adventures…”That… Boys and Girls…is a story…for another time….” As I would have my son tell me a name and an item….and I would build a story from there. When my daughter started to listen…about the Fae…she told me that I should write it down. Yes, even from the mouths of babes…

3) Do you currently write as a profession?

No…I have a Broom…and I know how to use it!

I do have a book “out there”!! It is a wonderful book, I MUST say so, myself!!

I belong to an awesome Group on-line….come on and see what we are about!!

The Writers’ Alliance is always looking for more talent!!

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4) If so, what titles have you put out and where can we find them?

My book, “Poems From The Hearth” can be found at Poems From The Hearth

5) Who is your inspiration?

I am inspired by many things. Not so much as “who”, I flourish through my love and wonders of Nature that surrounds me. Thunderstorms….the stronger, the better, are times that the ink flows and cascades…a waterfall of words tumble and poetry, short stories and novels are formed….although many of my work from 4 years ago….all reflect the love I have found since I met and married Peter. Ours was a Gift granted by the Universe. I put an “order” of the kind of guy I could truly call “the ONE for me”…and I made it the IMPOSSIBLE Dream…

The Universe, granted my dream…and created a Reality. I haven’t had a chance to breathe ever since!! We are each caught in THE moment….of Pure Love.

The second half of my life…is awesome! As for Inspiration…I gather all I need from the Mother…Each Season grants a new adventure. Each day a special one. Each moment…is priceless.

6) Who's writing style does your work most resemble?

My own…I am unique and individual as I can get! My style is Mine….I am totally....outside the box...

7) Do you write on a schedule?

Schedule? Yeah, right. I work hard and come home weary. Writing is what I do…when I have THAT special time to be able to just slow down and sit. I enjoy writing. I love to challenge myself always.

8) Do you write in one particular place?

No. I don’t know of ANY writer who hasn’t had that THUMP hit you. The Muse is relentless when She strikes. I have been caught in traffic and suddenly get a line that I MUST remember….since then…I have bought a small recorder. Don’t know how to work it….yet….but I will!!

I keep a pad and pen by the bed….dreams are inspirations as well….sometimes scrawling “something” down…in the dark…and have to read the dents since that pen…doesn’t work!!

It has since been replaced!! Always make sure you have ink…to write!!J

As for the serious writing, I am plugging away, Hunt-and Pecking at some keyboard trying to get as much thought out before the steam runs out. I sometimes just can’t….stop!!

9) Do you write from home?

The serious writing, yes. I have been caught by the Muse in other places as well…Depends on what I see or what has caught my attention. Napkins and brown paper towels from old restrooms are sometimes the only paper available when I am backhanded by the Muse. My Husband and I live on 50 acres of pure woods with our Fur babies…3 Dogs (don’t tell them that they are). Our Girls romp freely ahead of us as we walk the land. So, being that these hills and valleys of the land is part of our home….you could say “yes” to that question.

10) Do you prefer to work in a quiet environment?

Depends….sometimes I block out anything and everything…

Sometimes it’s during a storm….love the thunder!! (I usually have to shut down the computer/laptop as we get power outages pretty easily. Then it’s a grab the pen and paper time. I just bought an old Smith-Corona Typewriter. I had one back in the times before my foster mother burned my writing. It was well used and well loved. It’ll be great to have that one ready….when the Muse strikes!!

Sometimes the Fur Babies want attention….especially when they see you just “sitting” and they love their pets and loves!

Other times…it’s the bird song and the wind…

Sometimes Peter keeps me company. He loves to see me write!

11) Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what type of music do you listen to and why?

Music...yes…sometimes….I love Celtic melodic music as well as anything that is beautiful and smooth.

I listen to Celtic/ Classical/ Yanni/ Enya/Enigma/ Filk/Folk/Ballads/Guitar/Piano/ actually….anything that is Instrumental…since any music will just set me off…and my words….flow…

12) Are you an avid reader?

I read…mostly Metaphysical/ Nature/Herbs/ Gardens/ Wildlife/Cookbooks and then….there’s the craft books!!

13) Who are your favorite Authors?

I have an extensive library...couple of thousand...mostly Religious, Nature, Metaphysical, Spiritual....

If it's Nature and survival books...any and all!

If it's American Indian...Joseph Bruchac

If it's Poetry...I run the gambit...from Ancient to unusual...

If it's Metaphysical....Scott Cunningham, Anne Moura,Kerr Cuhulain, amongst many others....

If it’s Fantasy…Piers Anthony and his Xanth Series…or Tanith her styles as well...

If it’s “Horror” Stephan King, Ann Rice..there are others...some unknown...some well-known...

I am an avid Armchair to solve the questions...from books as well as other media.. .

If it’s Children’s Books…Hmmmm…

I have quite the collection...geared for the child within to enjoy...

Fairy Tales from all cultures are what I really enjoy!!
Hans Christian Anderson, the Brothers Grimm and any….Mother Goose Nursery!

If it's just for reading....with loads of info...

Jean Auel...and all of her books...

Nora Stewart...and the Three Sisters Trilogy

JRR Tolkien...any and all...

Katherine Neville...."the Eight"...the Circle...

Craft Books for polymer clay, stones, paper dolls, crocheting, jewelry creations...loads of hand's on...

Cookbooks...all cultures...

14) What is your goal in writing?

To have a published book!! Yup!! THAT has been a Dream…also a Reality!

I am presently working on several books…

3 are Fantasy Adventures….

I also write Children’s Bedtime Adventures…and have a few of them started on the computer.

One is dealing with the metaphysical aspect of who I am….

15) Would you rather write a book that sells millions of copies, but have it be "Celebrity Fluff" - or write an award winning novel that no one reads? And why does it matter?

I think I would like to write for the Children and young adventurers…I am not into the whole…writing a book just because it can make the money. If I can reach….just 1 child…or person who would love to see more…I am writing…to them…the Dear and Gentle Reader!

16) Who was your first character? And how do you feel about that creation now?

I have many characters….and each is a special to me as the next. Each one was chosen to become the destined personality of whatever they are a part of. I can never change them!!

I have a story...long since burned...that had a ghostly character...the short story...was entitled..."The Ghost of Sarah Mays"....hmmm...I should really rewrite what I can remember...might even improve on the original!!

17) Should a sentence EVER start with "but" or "and" ?

I try to stay clear of sentences that start that way…

BUT…sometimes…it shows up…

And…what else can you do?? BUT go with the flow…

I know, I know…THAT was wrong…but…it’s a great way to display!!

18) If you couldn't ever write again, what would you be doing?

Never write? I’d have to be deceased to have THAT happen!!

19) How long did it take to write your first book?

My first book? It took only a few months…all the while writing poetry and short prose…and that was all destroyed….

My novel I am presently working on…has taken time to research and to get the several chapters started. I have couple of Dear Friends willing to take the time to help it be hashed…I am grateful for the critiquing that they have done. Good friends are always kicking me to continue!! Thanks, Peter, Chad, John....

20) Have you ever competed in the National Novel Writing Month event? What do think about such events?

NANOWRITE….I tried that once…but work got in the way….

I didn’t like my results either since it seemed that it wasn’t being true to content as well as quality.

I know that there are times that THAT great piece HAS to be on a TIMELY basis…Only then…is it really worth it.

21) How do you feel about Writers Groups or organizations?

I feel that Writers Groups are great! I belonged to one for about 7 years!

22) Do you belong to any writer's organizations?

I recently just stepped down from a long running group of awesome talents.

I had been their Vice-President for many years. Distance and time made it harder to continue.

The group that I belong to on-line is Terrific!!

I have written many a poem with this group and each week is a new challenge…and each time…is a wonderful time spent….especially when you are with a great group!

Pat Simpson is a very dedicated lady with everything you could need as a friend and publisher!!

The Alliance is a wonderful group of talents….from all around the world. Each has a message, each has a wonderful way with words…and each is very special and dear to me.

Bob Hewett is part of that group. I love that twinkle in his eye! I knew Bob when he went to the Writers Guild from NC before his move out of state. He and his bride are just awesome!!!!

23) What is the longest amount of time you have spent writing in one sitting?

I spent 3 and a half days…just getting up to stretch, eat, and continue….

THAT was during a trying time and I just dived into my writing…..

27) Do you use outlines or flowcharts to help you map out your plots?

I do a fair amount of research for some of the skills I don’t know about….like sheep shearing.

I would like to bring the Reader into the story….as each page flows from one till the next. I love to capture the hearts and imaginations…and send the Spirit within….soaring!

I pretty much know where I am heading. Sometimes there’s that pesky detour…and then…it jells and the flow is all-consuming!

Soooo….Come closer my Dearie....A Tale for you today One I’m sure you’ll remember...Just not quite....the same way! Poems From The Hearth Poet of the Month (Oct 2010) Autumn 2010 Book Summer 2010 Book


Dena M. Ferrari has been enjoying writing in all forms, from poetry to short stories and manuscripts (even on napkins and store receipts!). Her talent never ceases as she’ll spark romance as well as fantasy creatures. From Rom to mystical places, she excites the imagination. Dena is currently living in N.C . She had been for 7 years the Vice-President of the Writers’ Ink Guild, a poetry group that is still active for over 30 years. She is an asset and friend to the Writers and Poets Alliance and has gained recognition amongst her peers. Since the age of four years old when she first took pencil in hand and writing her first poems she has proven that the quill is still sharp after all her years! She plans on penning more as her novels and short stories are gaining ground to become known as well.

Dena’s poetry has been included in the Westchester Community College of NY “Phoenix” (1976), has placed several times in Fields of Earth, a poetry contest sponsored by the Writers’ Ink Guild and in Charles Weyant’s book, “An Odyssey in Broken Rhythms and Ragged Lines” (2006). Many of her recent works can be seen by Writers Alliance Poets World-Wide anthologies like: “The Stars that Entertain Us” (2010); a charity anthology poetry book for OXFAM.

With several of her works appearing in the Writers Alliance Poets World-Wide: “Summer Sun” (2010), Followed by her own special book, “Poems From the Hearth” (2010). She also has poetry within the Alliance’s “Autumn Gold” (2010), “Winter’s Wonderous Days” (2011)and the most recent “Favorite Poet’s Poems 2011 (2011)

As Rev. Ferrari, Dena has been a guest speaker at the Unitarian Church in Fayetteville. When not writing, Dena volunteers; ministering in prison. She and her husband, Peter, enjoy being a part of Nature and remains Spiritual in all their endeavors.

Brightest Blessings.

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      George Ellison 5 years ago

      I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this hub about Dena and i have learned a lot about this wonderful lady may her quill be forever sharp and her inkwell always full!

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      michael l schuh 6 years ago

      my friend you are so talented and a outstand perso

      i enjoyed reading this for you

      and it my pleasure to be on the aliance with you

      god be with you

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      Viola Jane Tabor 6 years ago

      I don't know Dena but this is an amazing interview. I agree she is full of life, and her brightest shines all over this page. I truly enjoyed reading about Dena.

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      MAFLongfellow1 6 years ago from BYESVILLE

      What an awesome interview Dena. I was very impressed by your professional writing life and your courage to survive against all odds in your young life. So glad you are doing so well and I love your work, God Bless, Marilyn / MAFLongfellow

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      Dena M. Ferrari 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Heyla Dinah!!

      How exciting to see YOU here! I am grateful for all the wonderful reviews and comments...I am humbled and know that each of a special person...full of Energy and Life!

      Having awesome a Gift...thank you...for your friendship!!

      Brightest Blessings to you and yours!!

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      Dinah Guy 6 years ago

      Dena has written a wonderful book full of love & wisdom. I enjoyed the interview very much. Can't wait for the next one.

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      Dena M. Ferrari 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you so much Mike!

      You are a wonderful Spirit full of love and imaginations!!!

      Your writings are truly a joy to read!!

      Captivating the world with your Moonshiner's songs and antics!! Love it love it!

      Thanks again, Mike!!

      Your inspiring words are much appreciated!

      Brightest Blessings to you and yours!

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      michael l schuh 6 years ago

      this is a fantastic interview my dear friend

      i believe that you are going to be very high on the great poets latter

      you are the future of poetry

      your love overflows in your writings

      bless you

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      Debbie (lil sis) 6 years ago

      Thank you sister keep up with your books please send me your address so I can purchase one of your books and please sign it because it is for keeps .But love you always and always in my heart .

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      Dena M. Ferrari 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Heyla Lil Sister!! know that Dad would be a melted puddle of goo...he would have been soooo happy...for sure....each of us have come a long way...

      Thank you for commenting....It means so much to me to have the Family's Support and Love...

      Know that each of you are in my thoughts and heart!!

      Brightest Blessings to you and yours!!!

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      Debbie (lil sis) 6 years ago

      Hello my sister I am so proud of you when I opened the page to see your books I started to cry if dad was here he would be so proud of you sister I would like to get your book in time I will . I love you and good job ...

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      Dena M. Ferrari 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks again Bob...I am trying to start a Hub of my own now....its sure to be interesting!! Brightest Blessings to you and yours!

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      Dena M. Ferrari 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hop on Joseph!! Broom Running through the Thunderstorm....what a TREAT!!!

      We'll be going to the Dew Drop Inn...or Muckmire

      Thanks for the wonderful comment!! I have been more enhanced with all the new Poet Friends I have found!!

      Brightest Blessings to you and yours!

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      Joseph S. Spence, Sr. 6 years ago

      This is an excellent interview. I like the flow of the questions and the answers. However, I will have to keep an eye out for the broom anytime I hear thunder again, lol!!!

      Great job!

      Blessings always,


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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Hey Dena, look at your score climb. Glad to see the views coming your way. Your page is a good read. Bob

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      Dena M. Ferrari 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Heyla Pat!!

      I couldn't ask for a better friend than the Lady you are! I am forever changed...since you have pushed one of my Fruition!! Your generosity outweighs so many so many ways! I can't thank you enough!!

      You have made one of my dreams seep into reality!!

      Dew Drop Inn....anytime! You, Dear Lady are a Formidable Talent and an awesome Publisher!!

      All new talents should join up with the Alliance and find out...why...we are a great Group!!

      My new experiences in the Poet world has increased....since having help in styles that are now....mine...

      For that...I have YOU to thank...

      Brightest Blessings to you and yours!!

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      Dena M. Ferrari 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Heyla Tina!!!

      You are a Dynamo of Poet Knowledge we can all learn from!! Since coming to the Alliance, I have had the pleasure of meeting many awesome talents!!

      Thanks for watching my back...and sharing your knowledge!

      Brightest Blessings to you and yours!

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      Dena M. Ferrari 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Heyla Mary Ann!!!

      What a treat to have you read!! I know there is more to you as well....than what you portray!! Thanks for reading! I am more enriched by all who have come by!! You are a wonderful poet and a dear friend!

      Brightest Blessings to you and yours!

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      Pat Simpson 6 years ago

      great interview given for one special lady ... i aam so proud to say i published her wonderful book ,,,, its a great treat for all ... so glad i dropped in.. pat xxx

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      Pat Simpson 6 years ago

      great interview given for one special lady ... i aam so proud to say i published her wonderful book ,,,, its a great treat for all ... so glad i dropped in.. pat xxx

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      Christina Jussaume 6 years ago

      This is a beautiful interview Bob has done with Dena. I truly enjoy reading all she has to offer her readers. She writes in many styles and on many subjects... always with fantastic imagery too. A Pleasure to know her as a writer. God bless

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      Mary Ann Duhart 6 years ago from Stockton Ca certainly have a great page here and you are such an inspiration. Continue to shine forth my friend

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      Dena M. Ferrari 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Ahhhh....Dearest Ruth....

      Thank you for you warm review...

      YOU are a unique and beautiful young Lady....full of wonder and life....

      I have nothing but the best of wishes and truest intentions for you!

      I appreciate the bonds we have created...Poet Friends we all may be.....

      A close Poet what we have created....and what I love the most!!

      Dew Drop Inn....again! Always a table awaits...and the aroma's from the scullery wafts the senses....a great meal...with great friends...

      Brightest Blessings to you and yours!

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      Dena M. Ferrari 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you Lynne....for your warm wishes....

      Being at the Alliance has afforded me to meld with a lot of wonderful talented poets....I am forever enriched!!

      Brightest Blessings to you and yours!

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      Ruth Maguire 6 years ago

      Dena has a unique style both in her writing and as a person - there is no one else like her! She is also one of the kindest and brightest souls I know, and always has an encouraging, creative and funny word for her fellow poets!

      Ruth x

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      Lynne Cullen 6 years ago

      I have had the great pleasure through the Alliance to write with Dena as well as read her beautiful poetry...A lady with alot of heart and talent.........Warmly, Lynne :)

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      Dena M. Ferrari 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Again...I arrive to find more to hear...from the wonderful talents of many...

      I am very grateful...and appreciate each of you...

      I can only hope to live up to the expectations I have granted myself....and serve each of you....with more be....

      *Dena pats a cushion....*

      "Come Closer My Dearie...." There's MORE to tell...

      Sit...and enjoy the company of another woven spell...

      Brightest Blessings to one and all....

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      joy davis 6 years ago

      I have known Dena like forever it feels like and I am always amazed by the person and talents she is! The interview only scratches the surface of the person she is those of us who know her moreso are thrilled to be in her midst.

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      Devon 6 years ago

      The site looks great, and the info was perfect! Keep up the great writing friend! Your poetic friend, Devon

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      John Henson 6 years ago

      Dena Ferrari is a lsdy who's talent strides from the mists of the past bringing with it all the values of a bygone age now sadly departing, you will not find a more talented, honest, loyal and courageous lady. Dena is a lady straight out of 'The Mists Of Avalon' read her work and then read it again, just to reassure yourself. As The words that White puts on the lips of Arthur said, 'people are like raindrops but it appears some of them do actually sparkle', Dena Farrari is one of those that sparkle...................John

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      Dena M. Ferrari 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I am in awe and thrilled with all the comments and reviews!

      I can't thank EACH and all....enough for the Kind Words....

      I find each friend is a that is to be shared...for friendship....and Family are hand in chance....Friends...are chosen...

      Thanks for all the friendships....and the chance to BE a friend!

      (((((Tight Embraces))))))

      Thanks Bob for doing this interview...

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Congratulations Dena on reaching that 80 Hub score level in such a short time. These are great comments being posted to your page. Bob

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      Leokadia Durmaj 6 years ago

      I haven't known Dena very long but what I have read of her work I loved. This is an amazing interview to read, I believe because I was reading about an amazing lady and poet Congratulations on your many achievements, I wish you every success in all aspects of your life. Take care always, Lee

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      Molly Austin 6 years ago

      Dena Ferrari is such a captivated speaker and writer who is full of life and passion. Congrats Dena and all of you success.

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      Dena M. Ferrari 6 years ago

      Heyla Karen!

      Thanks for the read! I appreciate your wonderful comment!! Dew Drop Inn...anytime....always more to see, more to know! Knowledge IS everything! Express life through the drops of ink dripping from the Golden Quill!

      Brightest Blessings to you and yours!

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      Dena M. Ferrari 6 years ago

      Heyla Bob!! Thank you for always being a Dear Friend! Life reaches out so many times. It's refreshing to be able to grasp at a few pings in life and find a treasure held within....Friends are wonderful! Thanks for Hubbing my interview!! Dew Drop Inn....again! Brightest Blessings to you and yours!

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      Karen Wodke 6 years ago from Midwest

      I enjoyed this in-depth interview!

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Dena Ferrari is the most full of life writer I know. She is always upbeat, helpful to others, and full of interesting and humorous quips. Reading her work is a

      delight. Robert Hewett Sr. aka Cottonwood Poet