There are ideas living inside of us that we don’t even know that are there. As a reflective writing expert, Dorfman’s art of reflection and expressive writing opens you up to new ways of thinking that you cannot help but develop significantly as a thinker. Dorfman’s insight is colorful, inspirational and informative. Her writing is contemplative and presents new ways to look at yourself and life. Dorfman’s writing is transformational and motivational. Sensationally emotional, her words make sense of life.
Born an only child, Dorfman’s love of writing began when she was no higher than a table top. Sitting at her little roll-top desk, writing by the warm glow of her imagination, her fingers curled possessively around her little red pen. Composed of gold- winged dragons and fairies that glitter the stars her red smudged hands created a world of words.
Dorfman lives in Los Angeles with her animals who quietly humor her. You can visit her website at www.danadorfman.com.
Welcome to Beyond the Books, Dana. Can you tell us whether you are published for the first time or multi-published? Can you give us the title(s) of your book(s)?
Unmasking The Passion and The Pink Forest:A Woman’s Intimate Confessions
What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?
The Mystery of The Mysterious Picture On The Wall. This was a 50 page notebook paper (college rule) story that I wrote when I was eight.
For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?
I self published immediately
How did the rejections make you feel and what did you do to overcome the blows?
Although I self-published from the start, I handle rejection by simply not acknowledging it. Everyone has their right of opinion.
When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?
How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
It was wonderful seeing myself in print! I celebrated by petting my dogs, curling up in my chair and reading my book!
What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?
It was word of mouth and my book made it across the sea!
If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?
I don’t think so.
Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?
I have grown as an author because I have admired my writing more. I have realized that I am a reflective writer whose tool is expressive writing. Writing in the first person makes every page, human.
Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up? What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?
I think I would have made the decisions I currently made a lot faster. Staying focused is essential.
What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?
Making an audio book and getting so many lovely reviews.
If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?
Writing is the only profession for me.
Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?
I am an author and love it.
Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?
Writing is discovery. It is as simple as that. Everyday you learn about yourself, everyday you are a little bit more interesting to yourself than you were the day before…