Friday, June 28, 2013

Diva sits down with Dawn Forte', Author of "The Sum of My Mistakes"

Dawn L Forte' is a native of Plainfield, NJ. The mother of two adult sons and two adult daughters aged twenty-one to twenty-seven. She's also the grandmother of a beautiful five year old granddaughter and adorable four year old grandson. She's a poet in her own right, performing in various spoken word/open mic venues. 'The Sum of My Mistakes' is her first fictional novel. She is currently working on "The Sum of My Mistakes II" and a poetry book. A victim of Fibromyalgia, a Chronic Pain disorder, Dawn can be found most days fighting this terrible disorder, or she can be found relaxing comfortably at home with her family, reading a good book or on her computer writing her next project. Dawn can be contacted via email at or

Can you please tell us a little about yourself.
A little about myself... Well I'm a single mom of 4 and grandmother (They call me Dee Dee) of 2. My family means everything to me!! I've been writing forever. Seriously writing for 15 years.

What inspired you to write your first book?
It was just time... I was seeing someone and it ended... I guess this was my way of dealing with the relationship's end.

What do you wish more people knew about the publishing side of things?
That's it's a rough process... you have to be careful when you're trying to become published. Make sure you and your publisher/publishing company are a good fit. Just because they'll publish you doesn't mean they're good for you.

How did you come up with your title?
I also write and perform poetry... I had a poem called "The Sum of My Mistakes." That was not the original name of the book.

What author(s) has influenced your writing style?
Carl Weber is my biggest inspiration... I love his writing style and I hope to be as successful and he is. E. Lynn Harris... I loved his writing style.

For your first book, how long did it take you to find an agent?
Unfortunately I still don't have one... Let's just say my publisher and I weren't a good fit.

How important was a "platform" in selling your books?
Very important, but unfortunately I didn't realize it until after the fact. I wish I could do a lot of things differently.

Do you have book signings coming up where readers can meet you?
I presently don't have any scheduled... I'm seriously focused on my writing right now. I took a little vacation from my writing... from everything really... and I've been focused on my poetry and performing. I'm going to take a little break and work on my life as an Author and hope some of the things I'm looking for in my literary world I'll be able to find. Another publisher, a marketing team, a PR person, and agent, things like that.

Can you tell us about your upcoming project(s)?
Well... I'm working on "The Sum of My Mistakes II" and a poetry book. I'm still promoting "The Sum of My Mistakes" and praying hard for my Best Seller dreams to come true. I'm also working on opening up a publishing company in 2014. I'd like to learn more about the business before I venture out into the Publishing world.

What advice do you have to an aspiring author?
Write... write and write!!! Don't stop writing! Do your homework!! No matter what you plan on doing self publishing or if you're looking for a publishing company DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Don't sign with the first publisher that comes along. Investigate and expand your possibilities. If you're thinking big things... aim for big things. Don't limit yourself. Open your mind... believe in your work and never read while you're trying to write. Investigate your agent, your PR person, your literary agent, EVERYBODY!! Have a marketing plan/team and get a Manager if you can. So you can concentrate on writing. Also let your team do their jobs!!!

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