Dawn Irion is the owner and operator of Cat In Hat Books. She lives in East Tennessee on a farm with her husband and two daughters. Dawn has been a long time entrepreneur as well as mom, home school teacher and homesteader. She studied human physiology at the University of California Davis and published several papers in the field of population genetics as a UC Davis staff researcher. She is currently working on a homestead related series titled “Little Farm Secrets”. The first book in the series – “A Little Chicken Secret” – is expected soon. Her book “Historic Cocktails”, which explores recipes and ingredients of pre-Prohibition cocktails, is available now at Amazon.com.
Interview with Dawn Irion
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Northern California wine country, Made me appreciate nature and our connection to it. Also made me appreciate wine and its culture.
When did you first start writing?
I first wrote as a scientist at UC Davis. I enjoyed following the story the data was trying to tell. Everything has a story and stories are as important to human life as air and water. We can explore creation and humanity through story in a way that can enhance our lives and improve the lives of those around us.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creation process – taking something from a raw idea to something new and beautiful – experiencing the “gelling” of seemingly disparate elements into a unique perspective and creating new connections.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Historic Cocktails, a compilation of pre-Prohibition recipes and the history of their various ingredients. While it is non-fiction, it also tells a story of our recent human history’s relationship with alcohol.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have to get what’s in my head onto my computer screen. And, of course, coffee.
Describe your desk
Large old university desk with a laptop and extra monitor. I also have a treadmill desk where I try to put in several miles a day.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Having content I really wanted to share with the world and being able to control how it is presented. I also wanted to learn the process in order to help my daughter Kaiya, a writer in her own right, publish her stories.
What do your readers mean to you?
They are why I write. I want to add good things to the world. I think of those who will read my books and I hope my stories will bring a smile to their face and some joy to their life.
What are you working on next?
A series of homestead related short story books under the title “Little Farm Secrets”.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Puzzles, silly pun graphics, graphic design, website design, dishes, laundry, etc. Oh, and of course, coffee.
Who are your favorite authors?
Orson Scott Card, Shannon Hale, Jack Canfield, Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Robert Heinlein, Aaron Johnston – see a trend? My pleasure reading tends to take me to other worlds.