Interview with DoLo

Who are your favorite authors?
I would have to say Stephen King, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The feeling of being grateful for the blessing of being alive, for one.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time growing different businesses, building out my advertising agency, painting, meditating and connecting with G-d, and devoting necessary time to my community, friends, and most importantly, family.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Organic search and referrals from friends, family, and colleagues.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sure. The first time I ever took a writing class seriously was in 9th grade. We had a writing project to create any sort of short story we wanted as long as it made sense and followed the rules of writing. I wrote a pretty crazy story about a couple of undercover cops. The funny thing about it was that the teacher liked the story but gave me a poor grade for being so vulgar and graphic.
What is your writing process?
Sit down with the focus that I am sitting to write. I take some breaths and close my eyes to focus and connect to G-d. Once I start to feel a flow I open my eyes, look at the screen, and let it just flow naturally. Some times it takes much longer than others. And sometimes I end up totally uninspired and just get up. But more times than not, once I am able to finally find that balance of focus, and come at it from a selfless place and not a forced selfish place, the gates open.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not really. Early childhood is a bit hazy.
How do you approach cover design?
For me, the cover has to connect with the book. I'm not a fan of blaring in your face design or tacky disconnected design. Like people, the cover should represent on the outside what is inside in a clever way. There should be some sense of identity and purpose.
Describe your desk
An organized chaos.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New Jersey and I was greatly inspired by New York City and everything that goes along with it. The sharp wit and hustler mentality needed to survive in New Jersey and New York inspired me in more ways than I could have ever imagined growing up. Till this day I still surprise myself by now much the New York state of mind has influenced my life.
When did you first start writing?
Seriously writing, I would say in 2010. I started writing a journal to help myself through a rough patch in life, which I still keep till this day. The entries are few and far between but I still try to write something once in a while or during significant points in life. This opened me up to actually wanting to write, which led me to writing scripts, which led me to posing a challenge to myself ending in the completion of my first actual publication, Such Is Life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I posed a challenge to myself in 2011 to write 3 poems a day for 8 weeks. The poems could be about anything and everything but they had to keep to 1 consistent structure. My goal was to finish the 8 week challenge with enough content for a small book that was maybe 50 pages. By the end of 8 weeks I ended up writing 5 poems most days and published the book with around 125 pages of poems.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The drive to connect to people and inspire, motivate, and uplift others.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Connecting to people and getting them to open their mind.
What are you working on next?
There is a series of poems running through Such Is Life called "The Legend Of Ted Stevens". I decided to write out the whole legend of Ted Stevens which is looking like a 9 part novel series. The whole story arch has been created and book one is currently under way.
Published 2017-05-18.
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Books by This Author

Such Is Life
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 16,780. Language: American English. Published: May 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Literature » Literary
An original collection of reality poetry inspired by world events, real life situations, and personal stories.