About Dori Ann Dupré:
Dori was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in History and is a veteran of the United States Army. Dori currently works in the legal field in North Carolina, where she resides with her family. Scout’s Honor is her first novel.
What inspires you to write?
I write for several reasons. One is because I like to make sense of my own life experiences. It is therapeutic to work through my own complexities or the unsolved mysterious within. I also write to rewrite some experiences of my own – make them better somehow or new and fresh. I write to raise the dead and have unsaid conversations. Lastly, I am inspired to write by the people who come in and out of my life, to create a friend I never had or an experience I wish I had. Writing allows me to live several lives I couldn’t otherwise experience, much like reading does this for me.
Tell us about your writing process.
Sometimes I will just sit down and write the next chapter. I don’t necessarily know what it’s going to be about. I know how the story starts, and I think I know how it ends. I might have ideas about certain major things in the plot which I keep in mind as I write and weave the narrative. But what I really do is just write and see what comes out of my head. The only outlining I do are timelines so that I can get dates and times and ages of characters correct within the storytelling.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do both. I listen as I’m writing them out and then I talk with them while driving to and from work every day. I rarely listen to the radio anymore because I’m always having conversations with my characters. I indeed have imaginary friends and am okay with that!
What advice would you give other writers?
What I have learned is that seeking publishing through a small, independent publisher is a great way to get your work out there. You might work a lot harder than you ever thought, but you learn so much about the entire industry, you bond with other writers like you – and therefore, learn and become inspired by them. I would not waste my time ever again trying to find a literary agent.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I tried the query and constant rejection process until I realized that I was getting no where if I couldn’t get someone to just simply read my manuscript. I found a small publisher who took entire manuscripts up front, rather than the usual query letter and the first ten pages. The first publisher to read my manuscript contacted me for a contract to publish. There wasn’t much a decision to be made at that point. My publisher also helps you take ownership of your own writing career and author brand by providing marketing training and tools, in addition to its in house editing and graphic design work.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Big money will always control everything, like it has throughout time, but I do think that the more small independent voices – authors and publishers alike – have come a long way and are making a big impact thanks to the evolution of technology and how we share and communicate in general. Authors are taking more control over their own images, branding and work due to the plethora of ways you can market yourself and your work today. Authors might have to work harder to find their audience but it is rewarding work if it gets your heart and soul and tears – AKA your writing – out there.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Contemporary Women’s Fiction, General Fiction, Southern Fiction, Book Club Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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