Author name: Dorothy A. Winsor
Genre: Young Adult and Middle Grade fantasy
Books: The Wysman (Inspired Quill, June 2020), The Wind Reader (Inspired Quill, 2018), Deep as a Tomb (Loose Leaves, 2016), Finders Keepers (Zharmae, 2015)
What’s your story and how did you become a writer? I’m a former English professor who decided that writing YA and MG fantasy was more fun. My first ventures into writing fiction came in the form of Tolkien fanfiction. I didn’t want the story to end, so I wrote more of it myself. I’d read that writers produce a million words of bad stuff before they write well. One of the sites I posted on kept track of your word count and when I hit a million, I figured I was there! So I switched to writing my own stuff.
How do you balance your work with other demands? I schedule my writing time and usually leave my house to do it so I’m not tempted to do something else.
Name one of the happiest moments in your life: The birth of my son
What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner? I’m a planner. Having a plan is reassuring, though I feel free to change it once I get to know my characters better and see if my plan will work.
Could you write in a café with people around? That’s where I usually write. As long as the music isn’t too loud, I’m good.
Have you ever written dialogue in a second language? If so, how did you do it? No. Sounds tricky.
What’s your favorite book and what are you reading now? I’m currently reading Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, which came highly recommended. My favorite book varies. Right now it’s probably Turner’s Queen’s Thief series.
What’s your favorite way to read a book: hardcover, paperback, eReader? It really makes no difference to me. Whatever’s at hand.
Do you think print books will always be around? Absolutely.
Would you ever read a book on your phone? No. The screen is too small.
What’s your go-to device? iPhone, Android or something else? Android
How long could you go without checking your phone? An hour or two, probably.
Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, what do you do while you’re listening? I listen while I drive.
Do you like using social media to promote yourself and your book? If so, what’s your favorite platform? I use both Facebook and Twitter. Facebook is mostly old friends and family. Twitter is where I make connections and meet new people.
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