About Justine Alley Dowsett:
From obtaining a BA in Drama at the University of Windsor to becoming an entrepreneur in video game production and later, publishing, Justine Alley Dowsett’s unswerving ambition has always led her to pursue her dreams. Today she lives in Windsor, Ontario and is still writing and publishing fiction novels. When not focusing on growing her business, she enjoys role-playing with friends and developing new ideas to write about.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve always loved Role-playing games. Whether I’m running one or playing in one, the stories and the varied fantasy and science-fiction settings always inspire me. I also love stories in any form and my favorite part is watching a character develop over the course of a plot.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t plan anything beyond the basic concept and who the characters are. From there I let the characters do what their personalities dictate and I let the story develop from their motivations and the obstacles they encounter. I also tend to write with my sister. Generally she writes the perspective of the main character, and I react to her as the rest of the world and characters making the story and the dialogue develop as naturally as possible.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I think of it more like a play or a role-playing game. I don’t talk TO my characters, I become my characters and then write from their perspective. When I write with my sister, I play whatever character is opposite her, so our dialogue and actions in the story are very back and forth.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Every. Day. Don’t stop. Stopping or taking breaks makes it harder to get your head back in the world of your novel.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve always wanted to be a published author. It’s been my dream for as long as I can remember. I started by self-publishing, then learned the business enough to open my own company. Today, I publish escapism fiction as the co-owner of Mirror World Publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The publishing industry is in a state of flux right now. I’m optimistic that it will shake itself out and that it will see some stability soon, but at the moment the outcome seems pretty tough to predict.
What do you use?: Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Science fiction, fantasy, romance, adventure, speculative fiction, escapism fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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