Meet & Greet with Dorothy Wilson

Dorothy Wilson is another one of the authors appearing at the upcoming Author Meet & Greet at Crestview Public Library on Sept. 30 from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. She will be promoting her second book, The Green Tunnel.

If you are interested in meeting Dorothy Wilson, and 14 other local authors, stop by Cafe Bienville in August!

You can find details on this and other local events on my calendar page. You can read about other local authors by clicking #ReadLocal. Authors interested in becoming involved, contact Tami Kidd, details here.

Dorothy, you mention that The Green Tunnel is your second book. You haven’t released your first book yet. Can you tell us about the first, unpublished book?

Dorothy—I’m promoting my second book, The Green Tunnel, because I have not yet decided whether to publish my first work which was a biography about a physically and mentally abused child of six working in the fields to help create her father’s 1913 homestead. I don’t think there may be much of a market for a biography which is why I haven’t yet published it.

My second book, The Green Tunnel came about when I read a rare fact. The more I thought about it, the more I knew I just had to write that story.

What inspired you to become a writer?

Dorothy—My grade school teacher when she required her students to write a poem. I fell in love with the process, the creating, erasing and starting again to find better words and emotions.

What has been the biggest challenge of your career?

Dorothy—The three-year back and forth debate with me, myself and I whether to seek an agent or self publish. After reading numerous agent web sites and learning how they all wanted to “build a career with you,” I decided it would be a very short career as I was 87 and no agent would be interested. Self publishing won out.

What has been your biggest triumph?

Dorothy—The incredible book reviews I’ve received both in person and on Amazon which has a review rating of 85% 5-star The most common compliment I’ve received both in person and on Amazon is that “I just couldn’t put it down.” What more could any author ask for.

What do you hope to achieve with the Author Meet, Greet & Eat?

Dorothy—I look forward to meeting other self-published authors, hearing their tales of woe and success and perhaps finding new avenues for book promotion.

What is your advice to new writers?

Dorothy—Write something you feel passionate about and joining a critique group is a must. No one should attempt to publish without having several other people—both male and female if possible—respond to their creativity. Then carefully choose which bits of advice you want to honor. All advice is helpful but that doesn’t mean you must take it—it is your book and sometimes the advice might not fit your characters. As the author, you know those characters better than anyone—sometimes I almost felt like they were telling me where to go or what to say next.

Be sure to look up D.V. Wilson on Facebook or, even better, meet her in person September 30 at the Crestview Public Library. Read about other local authors and creatives by clicking #ReadLocal here.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

A former news journalist, Angela Yuriko Smith retired to write fiction. Her prose and poetry have been published in several print and online publications. She has nearly 20 books which include dark and speculative fiction for YA and adults, books for children and two collections of poetry. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” has been nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. When not writing, she teaches creative writing at Northwest Florida State College.
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