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Meet J. Dianne Dotson

Today we’d like to introduce you to J. Dianne Dotson.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I began writing science fiction and fantasy stories as a child in the 80s. I would often illustrate my characters, giving them outrageous “space fashions.” My writing grew along with my illustration. Over time, I grew better at my writing craft and used it to aid me in science education.

After earning a science degree, I worked in laboratory and clinical research for several years. I shifted to paid writing after my first child was born. This is how I became a science writer. All the while, I had been planning this epic sci-fi/fantasy story, The Questrison Saga. Eventually, I decided to finish this story so that my children could see first hand the importance of pursuing your dreams.

In May 2018, I published Heliopause: The Questrison Saga: Book One. Just recently, I completed the manuscript for Book Two, which I hope to release in May 2019. I have also begun work on Book Three, as well as unrelated novels and short stories!

Has it been a smooth road?
I think any writer will tell you that the road is never smooth. There are pits and gullies and distractions that dash in front of you. Sometimes you have to put on the brakes and pull over, so to speak. That’s okay. I would say the main challenge for me, since becoming a parent, has been finding the time to write. So I just dig my heels into the moments I can get, usually at night. Ultimately, I love to write, so the challenges never keep me down for long!

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am an independent author. This means that I have self-published my own, original work. My first novel, Heliopause: The Questrison Saga: Book One, is a work of science fiction with fantasy elements. I would describe it a space opera, and it is the first of four planned books in the series. I worked hard to get my own book out there, with the highest quality of professional editing and cover design possible.

My journey as a writer has taken many turns. In addition to science fiction, I continue to write science articles as well. I think having multiple outlets as a writer can only help improve skills and increase opportunities.

I also enjoy illustration, watercolors, road trips, hiking, crafting, and baking. In fact, if you come to one of my book signings, I will probably have my double chocolate brownies on hand, just for you!

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
The most wonderful surprise about San Diego is the extraordinary amount of resources for writers! I had no idea when I moved here in 2011 just how fantastic this city is, in general, but also for writers. I would absolutely recommend writers move here if they can!

Image Credit:

J. Dianne Dotson, Jason Wamsley, SD Headshots

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