About Arthur M. Doweyko:
As a scientist, Arthur has authored 100+ publications, and shares the 2008 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for the discovery of Sprycel, a new anti-cancer drug. He writes hard science fiction, fantasy and horror. His debut novel, Algorithm, which is a story about DNA and the purpose of humanity, garnered a 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA), is represented by the Literary Counsel Agency, NY, and was published in 2014. Many of his short stories have been published and have been RPLA finalists. Other honors include Honorable Mentions in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest (2012) and First Place in the P&E Readers’ Polls.
His recently completed novel, Angela’s Apple, which is about a guardian angel that is not an angel who falls in love with a human, won First Place as Best Unpublished Science Fiction novel in the 2014 RPLA competition.
He lives in Florida with his wife Lidia, happily wandering the beaches when not jousting with aliens.
What inspires you to write?
My greatest inspiration is the Universe. There is a fundamental need for all humans to discover the why and how of their existence. I point most of my work toward that need, because it is so universal, and at the heart of my every waking thought.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is best described as occurring in spurts. I am repelled by outlines, and rather take an overarching view of the story and follow it and the characters, hopefully to the ending I want, but never guaranteed. I often stop writing until the characters talk to me, or a surprising twist percolates up to my consciousness.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I often put myself in their shoes. It’s the only way the story is brought to life.
What advice would you give other writers?
The hardest part of the writing journey is the challenge of persistence. Despite rejections and critiques, one needs to persist in telling stories, learning along the way, honing their craft, undaunted by negative comments. Breakthroughs will occur. After all, the joy of writing comes from sharing a vision with a reader.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had and have the opinion that you always shoot for the best. That being said, I start with an agent, and aim for traditional publishing first, smaller publishers next. I shy away from self-publishing, as there is way too much poor writing in that niche.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I like the smell of old books. I like libraries. I think that e-publishing will reach an equilibrium with print, and that will happen within the next 5-10 years.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: science fiction, fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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