Dena Dyer is a professional author, speaker, entertainer, music and children’s theater instructor, and missionary. Her published works include Mothers of the Bible, The Groovy Chicks’ Road Trip to Love, The Groovy Chicks’ Road Trip to Peace, and most recently 25 Christmas Blessings (Barbour Books, September 2015).
As a member of the Fellowship of Christian Writers, the Christian Authors Network, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Women’s Council, Dena has set about encouraging hurting and harried women to lean on Jesus — and take themselves less seriously.
Dena and her husband are parents to Jordan and Jackson and live in Granbury, Texas.
What started you on your writing journey?
When I was twelve, an uncle — an editor at a small newspaper, who was trying to find a publisher for a book he’d written — showed me how to use a Writer’s Market. I began submitting poems and other pieces of writing to teen magazines. My first acceptance came with an $8 check, which I still have. After that, I regularly submitted, collecting tons of rejections and many acceptances in a variety of magazines. In 1995, I received a BA in Writing/Music from Baylor University and in 1999, I began submitting book proposals to a variety of Christian publishers on several different themes. In 2004, I received my first book contract, Grace for the Race: Meditations for Busy Moms (Barbour).
In 2016, my eighth book, Love at First Fight: 52 Humorous Devotionals for Couples (Barbour) will be released. I wrote it with my husband, Carey, after twenty years of marriage (eighteen which we still talk about).