About Arnittress Dowdy:
I was born and raised in Rockland County, New York which is just minutes outside of the NYC. I consider myself to be a writer, poet and author. At a young age, I fell in love with poetry. I was amazed at how you could express your feelings, create/describe scenery and tell a story through poetry. Soon after discovering poetry, I read my first romance novel, Once Is Not Enough by Jacqueline Susann.
In 2007, my first novel Dreamtini was published. Shortly after Dreamtini's release I stepped away from writing to become a mother twice. I returned in 2018 and released Dreamtini the 2nd Edition, followed by Pieces of Me and Simply Me; both, are a part of the Intimately Me Collection.
When I am not writing, I am trying to keep up with her two young sons.
What inspires you to write?
My feelings, emotions and things that I have experienced inspire me to write.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I don't have a favorite author, just favorite books. When it comes to reading, I don't stick to one genre. I just love to read a good book no matter the genre. My favorite books are: 1. Catcher In The Rye; 2. The Alchemist; 3. The 48 Laws of Power; 4. Behold A Pale Horse; 5. Once Is Not Enough.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process depends on how the story comes to me. I can get the idea, write out as much of it as I can, outline then begin. Or if the story comes to me, and depending on how much of the story that comes to me, I will write up until that point and then outline and figure out where I'm going from there. I create the characters as I see them in my head as I write.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen and talk to my characters so that I can get a better understanding of who they are and how they react in certain situations.
What advice would you give other writers?
My advice to other writers would be keep writing because your story needs to be told.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
This publishing journey has been an experience for me. In the beginning, I knew absolutely nothing about the publishing industry because it wasn't something that I wanted to do. When I connected with people with my poetry that's when I decided why not? I found a publisher and followed their guidelines and submitted my work and my first payment. During the process, I discovered that poetry was going to be hard to market and promote, I didn't continue, I was at the point where I wasn't going to get any money back. After completing my first novel, I queried 20/21 different agents half said no, the other half said submit synopsis/full manuscript before saying no.
I spoke to someone who published through the subsidy publishing houses I was looking at and the cons outweighed the pros for all. I ended up going with a sudsidy publishing house but in the end it didn't work out.
When I decided to return, the publishing industry changed. I chose to self publish because now I can publish what I want when I want. Now that I have a poetry following, I can put out books for them as well as for my novel readers. I can see my vision and execute my vision the way that I want.
Everyone's publishing journey is different, you have to do what works best for you. And for self-publishing ended up working best for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing is forever changing and as it changes I think that it gets better and works more in favor of the indie author.
What genres do you write?: Fiction, Poetry
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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