Dorothy Darrow is the vampire fiction pen name for Dottie Pratt, a writer and editor from the United States. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing and gravitates toward writing supernatural fiction and psychological thriller screenplays. She also likes reading crime thrillers, watching comedy movies, and eating chicken wings.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wrote my first novel when I was fifteen, and I had no idea how to get it published. I sent out bundles of query letters to every agent who considered my genre, but the only positive responses I received always turned out to be scammers. I got sick of it. Everyone who had been kind enough to read my story loved it, and I wanted to share it with the world, but I realized that if I wanted this to happen sooner, I'd have to take matters into my own hands. I did some research, and not only did I find a perfect fit in self-publishing my novel as an ebook through Smashwords, but I've found a wonderful community of kindred artists that I've become dedicated to helping get their works into publishable shape.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I love Smashwords. It was so easy to figure out how to publish through them, and the fact that they work with so many distributors helps me get my writing to as many potential readers as possible.
Luke Wright moves to LeVir Lake thinking it's the most boring town in the world, but when he meets the citizens--specifically his hot though possibly crazy neighbor, and the mayor's gorgeous daughter--he realizes LeVir Lake is much more than what it seems. The town is divided into two factions, and both sides want Luke...dead. How can he choose sides with those terms?
The Vampire Hunter's Daughter: Part I
on Feb. 07, 2012
This feels pretty standard for the beginning of a young adult vampire story. The first scene was suspenseful, though I already knew the outcome from the description of the story. The mythology of the vampire hunters (which actually comes from the excerpt for the next part) is cool, but when the two practicing hunters we meet in this part were introduced, I found the characters predictable and I'm pretty sure I know exactly what roles they are to play in the rest of the story. I am curious about Chloe's father and if she will ever get her revenge--or if she'll still want revenge when she finally meets him--but I haven't decided yet whether I'm invested enough to purchase the rest of the parts.
The Snow Globes
on Feb. 21, 2012
An absorbing and satisfying read. The writing was a little italics-heavy and the flow stunted in a couple of places, but the story itself is good enough to overcome these issues. Loved it.
on Feb. 28, 2012
An excellent postmodernist novel about how people prefer to take the easy way out and consequences they must suffer because of it. The characters are well drawn and intriguing, especially the Pukes who have resisted the stem for their own reasons. Part zombie horror, part science fiction, part espionage thriller, and part social commentary, once I started reading, I had to keep going to find out what happened next.
The manuscript, however, is riddled with typos which disrupted the flow of the narrative each time one popped up. Had the story not been so captivating, I would have stopped reading after five pages.
Finally, one of the plotlines was never resolved. So as not to give away anything to prospective readers, I'll just say one of the main characters (the one I felt most sympathy for, incidentally) was whisked away on a helicopter, and the story ended soon after without revealing his fate. There were hints, but nothing concrete. I'm kind of hoping there is a sequel to tie up that loose end.
All I Want
on March 28, 2012
Well-written and poignant tale about life's ups and downs during both a simpler and more complicated time.
The Faceless Princess
on April 12, 2012
This is a nice tale about beauty being in the eye of the beholder, but it is a written in flat, one-dimensional prose and lacks the layers that would make the lesson--and the story--shine. I suspect this is a first draft of the story. I don't know how else to explain the vast array of typos, such as the main character's name being mispelled, and the jumbled narration. Beautiful cover, though.
on April 18, 2012
This piece does well to embrace the real emotions one feels after the death of a loved one--not just sadness, but the complex cocktail of grieving emotions. The final part of the story is touching, but there wasn't much lead up to the message in the last paragraph. I know what the writer was trying to do, and with a little expansion in the rest of the story it could be very powerful.