Who is the exciting author behind, Garrett’s Bones, just released on Amazon?
Karen DeMers Dowdall is widely traveled and has explored many fields of study. But what are her favorite things, the things that she dreams of – and the things that surely influence her writing? What contributes to her unique outlook? I asked a few questions of Karen to find out. Here are her answers…
Welcome, Karen and thank you for joining me. Tell me a bit about yourself.
I grew up in a small farming community in a subdivision once known as the Salmon Brook Settlement, circa 1680. It was adjacent to a large forest preserve that gave me inspirations for writing daily. I spent a great deal of my time walking through the forest with my best friend. I would often sit under my apple tree drawing characters to add to my short stories and poetry.
I understand you have just released a new title. What’s it about?
Garrett’s Bones is a paranormal fiction novel that was written, in part, about an actual murder of a young girl in the forest near our home. The area I grew up in was an ancient American Indian settlement for over 10,000 years. The myths and legends, ghosts, and witch stories were a part of our everyday life. The stories I grew up with inspired me to write about those events.
Actually, I now have three books: “Delphi Altair Strange Beginnings”, “Garrett’s Bones” and the soon to be published, “The Witchery of Sarah Windsor”. Each book relates to different aspects of growing up in a very haunted environment that was fascinating to me as a child.
Can you tell me a little more about yourself?
I was an Ocean Life Guard in college. I Majored in Art, History, Anthropology and Archaeology, but not all at the same time. I graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Nursing. I worked in cancer care and clinical research for cancer at Emery University. I also have a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition. At Florida Atlantic University, I won several awards, including the coveted “Owl Award” stating I had gravitas to lead others. I have traveled frequently and I lived in the Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, and England.
What are some of your favorite things to do when you are not writing?
My first love was drawing and writing little stories but other outdoor activities included swimming, ballet and jazz, singing, exploring, skiing, and reading.
What is something that would surprise me about you?
I have an identical twin sister and together we won a singing contest and were offered singing contracts with Capital Records and Universal Studios when we were fifteen years old. Our parents declined to accept. They thought we were too young.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
First, write what you know and what fascinates you. For me, I always have a beginning and an end of a story first and then I dream about them. I write my novels in my head before I begin. I also have favorite books and authors. My favorite book is Jane Eyre. As a child, being dramatic was a way of developing creativity. I would act out my stories for my family and friends.
Karen DeMers Dowdall was born in West Hartford, Connecticut, USA and grew up in a small farming community in a subdivision once known as the Salmon Brook Settlement (circa 1680), adjacent to a large forest preserve. She enjoyed the hauntingly beautiful forest and most of her writing includes forays into her fascination with the magic of its history. She spent summers swimming in the Salmon brook and ice-skating on a “haunted” pond in winter.
After high school, she attended Florida State University in Fine Arts. Karen later married an Air Force Officer and moved to the Republic of China where she worked in orphanages and children’s hospitals as a volunteer. Eventually, she graduated from Florida Atlanta University with a Bachelor’s in Nursing and later a Master’s in Nursing and Clinical Research. Her love of love writing was always there and she wrote short stories and poetry along the way.
Connect with Karen: You can find out more about Karen and her work at http://www.karendowdall.com, http://www.facebook.com/ , http://www.thewritersloft.net, Twitter: @kdemersdowdall, Goodreads: Karen Demers Dowdall, or www.amazon.com/author/karendowdall