Author Spotlight, Gloria Doty!

Different enough

Tell me a little bit about you!

Well, I am a divorced (after 40 years of marriage) mother of 5, grandmother of 13 and gr-grandmother of 7. I have had 17 occupations (some ran concurrently LOL) before deciding in June of 2011 to be a full-time writer.

Where are you at in your career?

As for my career, I think I am still in the beginning stages. I wrote my first story in 3rd grade. I was first published in 1979; life took over and although I wrote curriculum and other things for my various jobs, I wasn’t ‘officially’ published until I started submitting to magazines in 2011. I have one non-fiction book published, I have been published in various magazines and I have at least 5 projects I am working on, so I think my career is still moving forward.

What do you write and why?

I write non-fiction, mostly, although I did enter a flash-fiction international contest and won first place in my genre. Surprised me.

My book is “Not Different Enough” and is the story of my daughter and our 30-year journey with autism, Asperger’s and intellectual disabilities. I wrote that for 2 reasons: to offer help and hope to other families and to be rich and famous LOL that second part isn’t working so well yet. I write the freelance magazine articles to share knowledge and to pay the bills.

What are you working on right now?

Right now, I am putting the finishing touches on a book of flower devotions. There are 50 common flower photos each with a corresponding devotion and I am working on a 13-book series for children 7-9 years old. Each book is based on an experience one of my grandchildren had and also has a biblical message included. I am also compiling a cookbook filled with old recipes and the stories of the cooks who used those recipes AND a humorous book detailing those 17 occupations I talked about. I have lots of stories to include….such as exporting goats to Taiwan and having to communicate with the Minister of Agriculture who did not speak English.

Daisies

What compels you to write?

I am compelled to write because I believe I have been given a gift of truth and humor and a love of words and a love of people. If you combine all of that I don’t have a choice but to write and speak (I do have speaking engagements also)

 What is your writing process?

I’m not sure I have a process. I get an idea, I make notes and outlines, which are subject to change, of course, and I start putting things or chapters together.

Who are you favorite authors?

I wish I could tell you I had favorite authors but I am quite fickle. I read a book, like it, perhaps read a few more by the same author and then switch to someone else. I don’t read porn, gore or grisly content. If I want an overdose of those, I can watch TV. I like a good mystery, love story, westerns, humor, Christian fiction. I hope this is enough info. Thank you so much.

website is www.writingbygloria.com

The FB link is http://www.facebook.com/gloriadotywriter?ref=hl

 

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