Welcome to Writer’s Hat blog. Dennis Ward passed most of his working life as a respiratory therapist, computer systems engineer, art gallery owner and artist. One day, he was honest enough to accept he was more in tune with the artist’s way of life than the world of bits and bytes. A decision he’s never regretted. He tells people, “I’m truly grateful to have the opportunity to write novels, stage plays, short stories, personal essays, and poems at an age when I have more hair growing out of my ears than on my head.”
Dennis wishes he would have jumped on the literary merry-go-round years ago; however, he thinks he needed many years to accumulate the wisdom, humor, and insight to be able to find his writer’s voice. His authorial journey continues into the coming year with some exciting events. Currently, he has published his debut novel, Mademoiselle Gigi, and he is writing the sequel, I ♥ Gigi.
Since 2006, he has written numerous short stories, personal essays, and two full length plays, which have been produced at the Cité des Arts in Lafayette, Louisiana. His play Chez Gisèle won as a finalist in the 2011 New Orleans Saints and Sinners Theater Festival and will open the inaugural Acadiana PRIDE Festival for a three week run in March-April 2014.
His personal essays, short stories, and novel excerpts have been published in Greywolfe Publishing’s Legends, Southwest Review, and Deep South Magazine. Also, he will premier his new stage play, Big Daddy’s Last Dance in September 2014 at the Cité des Arts Theater.
Dennis best conveys his feelings about writing by quoting Somerset Maugham, “If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.”