Made in America
Author Spotlight: Lorna Dickinson

Author Spotlight: Lorna Dickinson

This week we spotlight Lorna Dickinson, author of Dorrance title I Am a Feather.


Name:  Lorna Dickinson

Hometown: Looe, Cornwall, England

Book Title:  I Am a Feather

Genre: Historical Fiction based around real events.


Dorrance Publishing (DP): Describe your book in 10 words or less:

Lorna Dickinson (LD): America’s origin story is not what you think it is.


DP: What made you want to write your book?

LD: Getting frustrated with reading Thanksgiving stories with no basis in fact.


DP: How long did it take you to write your book?

LD: It took years of research, thinking someone must have written this story already then realising if I didn’t write it no one else would.


DP: How do you choose the names of your characters?

LD: I use real names throughout, apart from the young protagonist who is given a popular contemporary name.


DP: What do you do when you have writer’s block?

LD: Sleep on it.


DP: What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

LD: The chapter which dealt with the actual Thanksgiving celebration, because I found a historical document in a University library which tells of how before the Pilgrims arrived, the East Coast Indians all started dreaming about music and they all heard the same tune.


DP: If you were stuck on an island and had to have one person from each category with you, who would they be and why?

– One character from your book:

LD: Squanto

– One fictional character:

LD:  Mary Poppins

– One famous person (living or dead):

LD: William Shakespeare


DP: Besides writing, what are your other interests?

LD: Family, Friends, Food, Music and Travel


DP: Do you keep a journal?

LD: Fitfully.


DP: How did you celebrate the publishing of your book?

LD: Breathing and smiling.


DP: If your book was made into a movie, who would play the main characters?

LD: Sir Ian McKellen, Jason Mamoa, Sacheen Little Feather and Scott Eastwood – a real Mayflower descendant.


DP: What did you enjoy most about working with Dorrance Publishing?

LD: The freedom to create the book I wanted.


DP: Five favorite books of all time?

LD: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

A Wrinkle In Time – Madeleine L’engle

The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing

Woman On The Edge Of Time – Marge Piercy

Framed – Frank Cottrell-Boyce


DP: One sentence of advice for other writers:


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