Warm welcome hugs! 

I'm Deirdre and I write words, lots of them. I believe in wonder and magic and alchemy. And I really like waves, the kind in the ocean; they're a fitting metaphor for learning to better navigate the ups and downs of life on land. Also if anyone asks, yes, chips, salsa & guacamole should be a daily part of the diet. I do a lot of things, but mostly I write and when I do, the world glitters and shines.

The short bio: Deirdre Riordan Hall, author of young and new adult fiction and pursuer of words, waves, and wonder.

The medium bio: Deirdre Riordan Hall is the author of young adult novels including the Amazon bestseller, SUGAR, and new adult fiction. When she's not writing, she's probably surfing or in pursuit of magic or both. She also has a healthy case of wanderlust, loves salsa, guacamole, and tortillas, and dreams about learning to play piano. 

On traveling and words.

Departing from my native New England in my teens, I traveled throughout Europe as far east as Turkey, causing me to acquire a bit of a wanderer's mindset. Either that or I was a gypsy in a previous life, which I wouldn't doubt. During my college years, I transferred to no less than three institutions—unable to commit to a single place or major.

My professional life followed this theme and took several interesting detours where I'd find a level of gratification, but there was always a piece of me that felt unsettled, unanchored, and ultimately unsatisfied. Eventually, this caused me to move onto the next thing. My inner guidance was whispering its truth. Write.

In many ways, writing satisfies my longing for faraway places, their unique smells and sights, cultural customs, and languages. I'm able to interpret, invent, and travel to places through story. In doing so, I connect with worlds—imagined or real—and other writers and readers. I may not actually be able to taste that gelato in Venice that I still dream about or actually hear the pre-dawn phantom call to prayer that still occasionally wakes me up, but through writing, I've found a home for myself.

On reading and books.

I believe that we find ourselves in books: the essence of shared experience, the sense that we're not alone, but are indeed connected to the vast undercurrent of existence through these symbols called letters. They get smooshed together to make words, ultimately strung into sentences that form narratives, life stories, and relationships, informing us of who we are and how we relate to one another. 

Although writing is a solitary activity, it's also the act of pulling the curtains back from a window. 
(Me, in some form of stretch-y pants hunched in front of my laptop, typing my heart out and little by little, the curtains part.) 
The next step, working with a publishing team opens the window. 
(Editors, designers, promoters, and all the wonderful people who are part of the book building family bring forth fresh air.) 
Then the reader, parting the pages, lets the light shine in. 
(Sometimes there's confetti, all kinds of delicious smells, and my goodness does it feel warm and delightful.)
In this way, readers are the gardeners who help books blossom. 

But there's another part of this process: when we take the nutrients off the pages, when we see ourselves in a new light, when we're inspired, empowered, informed, and connected, books help us bloom, too. And for that, I thank you for reading.

My helper.

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“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark…. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.”

- Ayn Rand