Deidre Delpino Dykes is a bird mom, writer, and coffee-fueled ne’er-do-well. She has been working as a freelance copywriter and fiction writer for eight years. She has a B.A. in English Literature as well as a diploma in Baking and Pastry. Some of her published short stories include Hellsgate, NM, Bloom and Fade in Wizards in Space Magazine, and The Untold Story of Pizza Rat to the upcoming anthology Ghosts on Drugs. She’s also written some lifestyle articles for ICON Magazine Delaware Valley. She maintains a blog at deidredykes.wordpress.com and @gowordbird on Twitter.
Deidre has been decorating cakes and making desserts since she was 12, learning the art alongside her mother. She took those skills and ran, eventually taking jobs with several bakeries and then attending culinary school for a diploma in Baking and Pastry. She’s worked in fine dining restaurants and small, family-owned bakeries in addition to making custom cakes for friends and family. She has a mastery of basic and intermediate cake craft and is always looking to learn and teach new skills to others.
Deidre is an award-winning costumer who has been sewing for most of her life and creating cosplay and accessories for 16 years. From armor to boot covers, wigs to special effects makeup, basic sewing to advanced tailoring - Deidre has tried just about everything in the pursuit of this hobby. With a bevy of experience and a network of great resources at her fingertips, she has great ideas about everything from kids' costuming on a budget to going all-out for Halloween.
Food & Beverage
Always passionate about food, Deidre also enjoys cooking, baking, and trying new beers. Her beer blog, Beerily Thus, updates twice a week with beer reviews, brewing information, and commentary on beer culture in America.
Other Interests and Hobbies
Diedre lives outside of Washington, DC. She enjoys playing video games and tabletop games with friends. She works with a parrot rescue organization on the east coast, working as a parrot foster when she can. Deidre lives with two birds presently and they are her life’s treasure.