Meet Annette Dashofy, Saturday luncheon keynote and USA Today best-selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township.
If you had a time machine, where and when would you be right now?
Assuming this time machine works both ways and would bring me back, I’d love to visit the west back in the 1870s or 1880s. I grew up watching westerns and realize that was a romanticized Hollywood version of reality, but I’d still like to see it for myself. But only to visit!
What advice would you give your younger self?
I would tell my younger self to not be afraid of following my passion. And to not be afraid to take risks.
What is your favorite resource for writers?
Pennwriters of course!
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your literary career?
Being able to inspire others. I struggled through ups and downs, acceptances and failures for years. Now being able to say “I did it and you can too” is deeply satisfying. Along the same line, seeing young writers I’ve worked with in some form succeeding now is awesome!
What is your favorite tip for writers?
Marry someone with good health insurance! Just kidding. Sort of. I have three tips for writers seeking publication. 1.) Continue to study and learn your craft. 2.) Join a writing group like Pennwriters because the support is invaluable. 3.) NEVER give up. The only guaranteed way of not getting published is to quit trying.
What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
The battle between daily life and deadlines. I don’t have the luxury of skipping a day of writing if I just don’t feel like putting words on a page. I have to keep up with my quota because there’s always another deadline. I know it’s a problem many aspiring authors would love to have, so I’m not complaining! But it is a challenge.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
A journal. A pen. And a book that I wouldn’t mind re-reading a few times if need be. I’d also hope my husband was with me because he’s quite handy and could build a shelter and fish for food while I was busy reading and writing!
Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
My pet “project” has involved donating a portion of my royalties from the sale of Lost Legacy, which deals with the topic of Alzheimer’s disease, to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of my dad. My most significant “accomplishment” to date was my Agatha nomination for Best Contemporary Novel of 2015 (Bridges Burned). Being included in that category with Hank Phillippi Ryan, Catriona McPherson, Margaret Maron (who won), and Louise Penny was mind-blowing!
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