Interview with Dorothy Shamah

How do you approach cover design?
Any artistic talent I have centers around words. I leave the graphic images up to professionals like Jeremy Taylor
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"The English Patient"- Michael Ondaatje and "Grapes of Wrath" - John Steinbach are classics that I love. The imagery and social commentary, which is woven seamlessly by both authors is far reaching. The characterizations are clear; the motivation of characters without question. And the closing scenes in both novels lingers forever in my memory reminding me that those scenes complete the art of novel writing and also move me to be far more 'progressive' in my politics than I thought I could ever be.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything. Road signs on long trips, junk mail while waiting for friends to complete tasks, novels, creative non-fiction travel, novels, maps, planning and zoning documents that provide historical information about my community.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
simple black-and-white kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Oh, I'm just beginning and I suppose sharing my work with friends on line and off is all I have at the moment.
Describe your desk
Pressed sawdust with a lacquer covering, planning and zoning documents to the left of me, piles of note paper to the right, telephone within easy reach of my right hand, and the most amazing view of the North Dakota prairie out the cathedral windows in front of my laptop and me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Detroit area of Michigan in a working class neighborhood which is now part of Detroit Metropolitan Airport runway system. Back in the day, this area was farmland and open spaces. Michigan wilderness included 'mud-luscious' spring, humid summers with prolific wildflowers, dazzling reds and oranges in fall, and ice-storm caked tree branched winters. I learned to love nature's gift early on. Have always been an explorer.
When did you first start writing?
When I was eight.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Sierra Sunrise: A Travel Adventure" is really a creative non-fiction autobiography of the last fifteen years of my life. Due to a change in characters' names and a twisting of the events, I market it as fiction.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
"Sierra Sunrise: A Travel Adventure" was turned down by over two hundred agents and publishers in the past four years. I finally gave up on their process and decided to make the manuscript available on my own. I know this sounds narcissistic, but I believe this is a story worth sharing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Not sure yet. I'll get back to you since the manuscript has been published for only two days.
Published 2014-08-06.
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Books by This Author

Sierra Sunrise
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,210. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Demi Tryon searches for her ‘inner child’ in the high country of Kearsarge and Donahue Passes in California’s eastern Sierra. Her search unexpectedly uncovers a very different mythological character in Sy Macintosh, the Aussie from Down Under.
Hand Me Downs
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,910. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Three short stories make up "Hand Me Downs". #1- Traveling from North Dakota to Montana, Tamara and Manly come face to face with the massive winter storms of 2011. #2- "Hobart", April and Bert fly south to Hobart, Tasmania in Australia after a hard day's night. #3- "Tracks Less Traveled", Nueva and Chris hike the wilderness of Cradle Mountain in the wilderness of westernTasmania.