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Interview with local author Dorothy Jean Schroeder

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Author: Dorothy Jean Schroeder

Occupation: Retired from Bell Telephone Co.

Type of writing: Fiction and nonfiction.

Recent project or works in progress: “Daisy Moore, my Hoosier Grandmother” is a genealogy that I will self-publish soon. It is finished except for adding captions under the pictures. My daughter Bonnie does a great job of digitalizing the pictures. I’m also working on a children’s poem book, “St. Helens was a Mountain.” It’s done except for the pictures.Email address: dort@dorothyjean.net

Q: What led you to write?

A: I was an avid reader by the time I was ten, and I began to write my first book when I was eleven. My brother was a Boy Scout and he got the magazine Open Road for Boys. I read an action story and this gave me an idea for a plot. After my children were grown, I finished the book. That was one of the most exhilarating moments of my life — being able to wrap it up.

Q: Why do you write/what inspires you?

A: When I was a child, reading and writing stories was an escape from an unhappy home life. (This is explained somewhat in my Pilchuck book). I would get ideas from books, movies, real life incidents. I think I was born with the urge to write. I love to create characters and they become very real to me.

Q: Who or what has influenced your writing?

A: I’m not sure how to answer that. Part of the inspiration has come from real neat settings, like a log cabin with a fireplace on a mountain lake, a cabin beside a rushing river, a waterfall in some remote canyon, a lupine meadow in the Teton Valley, or an old Victorian mansion. These are fictional settings in my fiction books.

Q: How does the local area (North Central Washington) impact your writing?

A: The fictional setting in “The Dark Side of the Rainbow” is in this general area. There is a scene up on the Colockum Ridge. My late husband took me there. I always scope out my fictional settings.

Q: What is the writing project or work you are most proud of and why?

A: Since the Pilchuck book has so much family history as well as the history of the valley, it will be a family heirloom, but my heart went into my two fiction books.

Q: How often do you write?

A: I have finished my books, but I work a little almost every day editing the two that I hope to have in book form this summer.

Leita A. Crossfield is the project coordinator of the Writer Profile Series on behalf of Write On The River, www.writeontheriver.org. Contact her at 425-344-7599 or leitah@upsidedowntown.net. Leita writes about community, culture, and women’s issues.

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