For today’s AJOW Blog Tour post, Illuminating Authors shines a spotlight on one of the most inspiring, encouraging, always-in-your-corner authors I know; Mr. Dennis Doty.
There are a few times in my life when I can clearly think back to something I’ve read or a movie I’ve seen, and thought, “Hey, that’s a pretty cool idea!” John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club comes to mind. When I first saw The Breakfast Club, I realized that time could be stretched or compacted in a work. It blew my teen mind to think an entire movie could take place in the space of a few hours of story. I realized that time in novels and movies didn’t have to be linear; a huge understanding for me. Dennis Doty’s “The Flying Tiger” affected me in much the same way. I’ve never given much thought to a stationary object so full of movement as an active character in a story. It’s exciting to learn from more experienced authors and thanks to Mr. Doty, “The Flying Tiger” has broadened my writing world.
You can find Dennis Doty’s, “The Flying Tiger,” alongside my story “Loose Ends,” in A Journey of Words, the travel-themed anthology brought to you by Scout Media, available in paperback and e-book format from your favorite bookseller.
Author Name: Dennis Doty
Title of your AJOW story: The Flying Tiger
Post a brief synopsis of your AJOW story: A man wanders back to the old home place and finds himself talking to a pile of scrap lumber about the places they’ve been and the things they’ve done.
What inspired you to write this story? I was searching my memories for something to write about and somewhere among the dusty boots and broken bones I stumbled upon a childhood memory.
How long have you been writing? I wrote a couple of “creative” term papers in college, then just didn’t write again ‘til around 1989. I started putting out a monthly newsletter for a bookstore I owned and caught the bug. I started writing fiction while between jobs around 2004. I didn’t start my first novel until 2015.
What genre do you usually write in and why? I write a lot that could be called Western or western themed, but I also write a lot of military, historical, slice of life kinds of things.
What else are you working on writing at the moment? I am always writing short stories and essays and I have two Western themed novels in progress.
What advice do you have to give to new writers? Write. Write any time you get a chance even if it’s only a few words. Read. Read anything you can get your hands on. Read books in and out of your genre, read magazines. Heck, if you don’t have anything else to read, walk downtown and read the window advertising. Share. Share your work with other writers and readers and try to get honest feedback. Not the kind your kinfolk will shovel at you, but the real deal. Ask what works and what doesn’t and why.
How can people discover more about you and your work? Mostly you can find me at home writing, but if you can’t get out my way you can find me at www.dennisdotywebsite.com or www.facebook.com/authordennisdoty1.