Dorothy Shamah


Dorothy, a retired high school English teacher, currently lives half of every year with her husband in small town North Dakota seven miles from the Canadian border. Winter, a six months inclemency with temperatures of -5 to -35 Fahrenheit, gives her plenty of time to write as she recovers from cross country skiing at Izaak Walton Inn at the south end of Montana’s Glacier National Park or across the frozen slough outside the north windows of her snug cottage in Flaxton. A favorite reading spot is the observation car on Amtrak’s Empire Builder, her most frequent train journey taking her from Minot west to Portland where Powell’s Books keeps her intrigued as she waits for her connection to Amtrak's Coast Starlight south to San Jose and Salinas to visit with her children and grand children. Each year her next destination is LAX, the doorway to adventures beyond the borders of her home country.

Dorothy’s other publications include:
Oaxaca – A Multitude of Chocolate, British Columbia Senior Travel, 2010
Bill Carmichael's Birds Eye View, Carmel Valley Magazine, March 2008
Women's Travel Memoirs: Vehicles for Discovering the Continent Within, Masters dissertation, University of Queensland, 2007
A Response to the Buffalo Commons, Prairie Business Magazine, 2004
Building Community in the Classroom, Strategies for Secondary Teaching, National University, 2003

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find Dorothy Shamah online


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.

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