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The Interview with DDE: A New Approach to a New Challenge

Updated on November 08, 2016

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An Interview with DDE: Approaching the Great Challenge

It is a great challenge to many good writers, and a good challenge too.

The many years of writing dragged me to this point.

I have given the challenge a careful thought and here I am.

I have written about me but not in the bragging aspect of myself.

It has never been easy to blurt out about me in conversation and in writing.

Any way, I took this interview on with a positive mind, as I have everything else in my life.

I am not a bragger!

My achievements are not much spoken of.

I admire other successful individuals including myself but writing about me has never been so easy.

I was inspired by other Hubbers to get into the challenge.

About Me:

I was born in the Republic of South Africa, of Indian origin and speak four languages. I speak as I was taught and English is my first language.

I grew up during the apartheid system and to me that kind of a life felt normal.

I spent my schooled years and college years back in South Africa.

My move to Croatia had changed everything in my life and that was my greatest challenge of other challenges.

I faced changes bravely and have moved on from those experiences.

I studied, Communications, Office skills, Typing and Computers.

Due to the lack of employment working did not go my way.

Writing was not what I had planned for myself but over the years since moving to Croatia, I decided to take on the opportunity and write whatever I am familiar with and know best of.

I showed myself I could write when I wrote my first ebook Early Parenting Tips.

Thereafter I continued with several other new titles.

I only got my work published online from the year 2008 onward.

I chose to write more after living in Croatia. I had not much of a choice and writing had given me a much more positive lifestyle. I speak English at home and speak the foreign language when or if required.

It has never been easy to have moved from my country to another these experiences have opened my mind to another life.

I prefer to be happy and alive, rather than to sit down and mope about ''what was, ''what would.'' Have been'', or ''could have been.''

I am self-employed during the summer and enjoy what I do.

Selling refreshments, traditional souvenirs, and ice-cream to tourists is my best time of the year. I enjoy meeting people and outdoors is great during the sunny days. The winter is not my best time of year. I try to keep occupied to avoid boredom.

Reading and watching movies or casual visits to a friend occupies my winter days.

I have thoroughly researched many writing sites and finally found my convenient site, Hubpages. I find that I express myself freely here and have a friendly community.

Since the nineties I got interested in learning more about herbs and spices.

I was amazed to know of the different types of herbal teas and Indian spices.

Growing up with the daily spicy meals I had no idea how important most these herbs were and are to the many scientists.

Through personal experiences I found myself writing The Simple Uses of Herbal Teas and Indian Spices.

I am confident though still at times I do get into that shy mood.

Question:

What inspired you to write?

Answer:

I was inspired in a new country. My move from South Africa to Croatia allowed me the better opportunity.

I did not want to speak a foreign language at home. I preferred to continue with my first language and writing and expressing my feelings were my better choices.

Question:

If you could turn back the clock what would you change about your life?

The thought had crossed my mind many times.

Answer:

I am just perfect in this way and have no intentions of changing anything about my life. I don't believe I would have continued my stay back home after my son had grown older. All I did was for my son's future and for our freedom.

I had to leave someday!

Question:

What do you enjoy best?

I have grown used to walking freely!

I enjoy walking, meeting people, outdoors, writing about personal experiences and in keeping my family happy.

Question:

Do I have new ideas for another book?

Answer:

I have been pretty busy for days and have been for the past weeks working on my new book idea.

Soon to be released!

Reading is my other greater interest and I enjoy watching movies, especially during the winter period.

Gardening has become one of my natural moments in the summer time.

I learned more about gardening after living in Croatia.

I handle my situations with less panicky and know to be positive and happy.

My life has changed in my ways and writing has helped me emotionally.

Question:

What do you feel contributed to the success of your abilities?

Answer:

I know from my old and new experiences writing pulled me through all those times.

I have expressed in my work about my life from the past and of my present life.

During which time I have remained helpful and happy for each day not only for my sake also for the sake of my son.

Writing more and more each day has allowed me to look at my life in much more different perspective.

I don't look at my life in a negative way. Taking this challenge took a while to get to me afer reading challenges of other hubbers I had to get mine into action.

Question:

What is your best advice to avoid writer's block?

Answer:

I try to be relaxed and continue my day with something new. Recently, I haven't had the chance to write due to my extensive research on my new book. Be focused and think freely with an open mind.

The best idea is to read and write when you have the time. If writing is what you chose to do surely you can look at that as your responsibility and fulfill that gap with new ideas.

Be social to grasp new ideas for writing or read often.

I don't like to brag about myself on anything new I have bought or with anything new I have newly approached.

I need to get into that lifestyle for certain deeds.

Life for me went from one to another very quickly and there are just some parts of my life that will not be the same again. I can't go back and make that be for me. I can only go forward and make new friends, avoid isolation and enjoy my life and make new choices.

Life is meant to be enjoyed.

Writing to me has been most helpful and enjoyable.

My life changed and I accepted to move on.

Question:

How did I cope with learning a foreign language?

Answer:

Learning the Croatian language was tough. I had to do it all by myself to actually start speaking the language.

I first started speaking the Croatian language after three years of my stay in Croatia.

Communication is important in any language. I felt it difficult to communicate right from the beginning. The moment I began speaking I felt much better. The difference in speaking and sitting in a room with a number of people is enormous.

In not having anything to say for not knowing the language made me see the greater importance of communication.

I had not once before sat in a room silently.

What I learned in Croatia had opened my life to many avenues.

I needed to get out and see another part of world to know what my past life meant to me.

Question:

How did the changes affect your life in Croatia?

Answer:

I did not know and that was my weakest point. Not knowing allowed me to see everything in an almost negative way. I tried to be happy immediately. I realized I had to gain my happiness all over again from my own ways and habits.

I needed time to get my life together.

My life turned around without me even seeing it come by.

I had to communicate and learn a new culture.

So far my performances and achievements are shown greatly.

I can only be happy and look forward to more new challenges.

Life is too short to sit around and be unhappy.

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    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting and awesome. Well done. Thank you for sharing part of you with us all.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      You stepped up to the challenge admirably. It's nice to meet you DDE :)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting and enlightening.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for sharing this interesting interview, Devika. I enjoyed reading it!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for sharing your life and interests. You're a pleasure to know.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. Well done!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      yea! :-) So very nice to read. You are really interesting and I applaud you for learning new languages and being true to yourself!

      Wishing you much happiness and lots of projects to keep you busy!

      Blessings always....Up, and shared too. :-)

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Devika, Your interview was very interesting. I enjoyed reading every line of it. You certainly had a challenge in making changes after moving to another country. I'm sure you had much more to say in your interview. I admire you for trying it. You succeeded. Bravo! I learned a lot about you. Your husband and son are very blessed to have you. Thanks for sharing!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Well done Devika you have certainly risen to the challenge. You have shown yourself to be a very resilient person. I know from personal experience how difficult it can be to adapt to a new country and a new home. It does seem to me that you have reached a calm plateau in your life.

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Yes, Devika, well done. I had no idea you had written so many books. And you have published them. That is wonderful. I Need to catch up with you! LOL! I understand completely how difficult it is to live in a new country and not know the language. I had to take Germanesso s when I moved to Germany to teach, it is not easy. I admire your fortitude in learning Croatian. You did a great interview here. It was easier to write that hub about you than to write about myself. LOL! I enjoyed reading your interview and getting go know more about you. Well done!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi billybuc thank you for supporting me I appreciate all comments from you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      RachaelOhalloran thank you very much for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Ericdierker thank you for commenting

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC thank you very much for sharing your kind words

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi MsDora thank you kindly for stopping by your comments do mean a lot to me as of others.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      always exploring, thank you for commenting nice to have read your comment

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi word55 thank you for sharing your mind here always appreciated.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello sallybea I am grateful to have such a friendly community on HP all comments do mean a lot to me. Acceptance makes life feel easier. Thank you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi suzettenaples, So very kind of you to leave such a thoughtful comment. I have a few kindle books and plan to write more soon I will publish another kindle and book on unusual herbs. My daily research is improving and keeping me very busy. I am grateful to have you follow me and help me for when I really needed. Thank you very much for getting the word out about me. You did such a great job!

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Devika, I liked your response to Jennifer's challenge. Though all your hubs always speak something about you, reading this interview I got to know more of you. I love your quote -- " Life is too short to sit around and be unhappy". Voted up and shared.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      great to know you, yes, life is short, no point pulling a sulky face throughout one's life

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Four languages! That is impressive. You are a resilient lady with all the change you have faced.

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      Dave 2 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hello Devika,

      A fascinating read about a part of your life that as seen its ups and downs. I hope you do not think I am being big headed or a know all , but I would have guessed this interview was about you even if it had not been titled by yourself,simply through reading much of your excellent past works. I wish you all the best of luck with your books and those you produce in the future. Voted up,interesting and useful.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for taking the challenge Devika in your own special style. Although you always reveal yourself in your other hubs this helped us know you even more. I am impressed that you have successfully published books. You should be proud of that achievement.

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      bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee

      DDE, you a fascinating lady! I love learning more about you and am very impressed with your views on life. And it is apparent you are very devoted to your son.

      Thanks for posting and I voted up!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Harishprasad thank you for all votes I appreciate your comments have a pleasant day.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      peachpurple thank you kindly for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi FlourishAnyway thank you very much for stopping by

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi D.A.L. You are kind and very supportive thank you for all votes and please feel free to express your thoughts at my hubs I appreciate you stopping by.Thank you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      hI Jodah your effort in stopping by is most appreciative thank you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi bethperry thank you very much for stopping and I appreciate the vote up.

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      Susan 2 years ago from India

      Wow... Very well done DDE. Voted up.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Its a wonderful hub and thanks for sharing more about yourself. Although I believe, I understand you by reading your hubs.

      You are a very positive person and live with the present. You inspire others by your inspirational writing and that is a great quality of a writer.

      Thanks and voted up!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi thank you for the vote up and comments.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi ChitrangadaSharan thank you and I so appreciate your kind words and the vote up.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi aviannovice thank you for stopping by

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      That was fascinating reading! so great to get to know you better, and to know four languages is awesome! Being English I am lazy where languages are concerned and often wish that I had learned another language, for you living in another country and having to learn to communicate was amazing! wonderful! voted up and shared! nell

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      Pamela Oglesby 2 years ago from United States

      You have really had a very interesting life. I think speaking four languages is remarkable. This hub let us know so much more about you, and I really enjoyed it.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Devika, I love your approach to life, it is much to short to sit around and be unhappy. You're a strong resourceful woman who is prepared to do what she needs to do, kudos to you. It's a pleasure to learn a little more about your life, thanks for sharing.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thank you Devika for allowing us into your life. I take on a similar approach of taking life as it comes and to be happy with the outcome. Positive thinking takes us to many unknown places. I enjoy your work, have a great day.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      A great pleasure to know more about you through this interview. Thank you for sharing this side of you.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Nice getting to know you a bit more, DDE :)

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      It was very interesting to learn more about your fascinating life. You seem like a remarkable, resilient person. Great hub!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      So glad you took the challenge. Moving like you did, learning a new language and starting a new life certainly shows you are capable of anything you want to do. I'm sure you'll have many more books and mostly I am glad you are here sharing with us on Hub Pages.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Nell Thank you for such encouraging words your comments are meaningful to me I appreciate the voted up and shared.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Pamela99 Thank you for stopping by. All my best to you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi tobusiness I have had and still do have many challenges I chose and choose to handle these situations positively. Thank you very much for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      mdscoggins Great to have read a comment from you. I think and feel there is no other option for me but to approach my life positively. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Vellur thank you for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sunshine625 a challenge I took on and did not want to brag about me I am glad you had your say here thank you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Mel Carriere thank you greatly for stopping by

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi tillsontitan, thank you for the vote up, useful and interesting, I appreciate your kind words.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I like your attitude DDE; sounds like we have much in common. ^+

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I think I know you a bit better and good to see you looking ahead and not being bogged down by your past.

      Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Jackie Lynnley very kind of you to stop by. Thank you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi rajan jolly, thank you for stopping by.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

      Thank you Devika for allowing us, your hub family to get to know you better. You are an inspiration to those of us who had challenges (and I don't mean writing) I am talking about living day to day.

      I am glad you took the writing challenge, I hope to write my own interview, but it will be when time permits.

      Blessings.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for sharing some of your life with us Devika in this manner. You are obviously good with languages as well as adapting to new situations.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Shyron E. Shenko thank you for stopping by I appreciate your kind words such valuable thoughts from you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Peggy W so kind of you to stop by always appreciated. Thank you.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Your story was interesting and it is very impressive you can speak four languages. You are right, writing definitely does make life just a little easier.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Anna Haven thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your comments.

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