First off tell me about yourself?
My name is Lorenzo Dozier. I grew up in Brooklyn, New York. I have a Bachelors in English and studied communication. I love to help people, travel, engage in new activities and challenge myself.
Why did you want to write a book?
When I was in High school, I started writing a short story. From there, a few pages turned into chapters. When my teacher passed away, his death inspired me to go forward with creating a book. I wanted to make a promise to his family and dedicate the stories I created for him and them.
What have been the challenges to becoming a published author?
Like any Author, our worst challenge is accepting rejection. No one likes to be rejected. Many people can’t take rejection well enough. Which is why when it happens, they begin to have self doubt for their material. In my case, I used it as motivation and determination to get my work out there. Whether it was through self publishing or traditional publishing. Another challenge is learning the material you’re writing. Anyone can write a book, but it takes researching your product to tell a good story. Brainstorming is another challenge because you are eager to want to keep everything you’ve written, but you have to cut things out and add things in to make your work stronger.
I understand you self published, why did you go down that route and how do you feel it went?
I self published between 2015-2017. Then from there I decided to enter in 2018 as a traditional published author. The reason I self published is because like I stated before, taking rejection is the hardest thing to experience as a writer. However, I decided to make a name for myself. I stumbled a bit when going this route. I made a few mistakes, my book wasn’t ready for the world. It did have errors here and there. But I didn’t let that stop me from making my goal possible. Then when I decided to revise the book and revamp my series. I saw growth in my projects. I accepted my mistakes and use them as examples for other writers who look up to me. You can purchase both my books on Amazon by clicking here and here.
When you write do you stick to a specific genre or do you tend to shift style a lot?
I seem to have an interest for thrillers, suspense and mystery stories. I haven’t attempted to jump to another genre. I did however try poetry for a few years. And I’m glad I did. I learned to adapt to another style of writing I didn’t know I was able to do. Would I do another genre outside of psychological thrillers? I don’t know.
Tell me about 31 Days to Live?
31 Days to Live focuses on growth and behavior changes. Each character seeks for their own identity. For every mistake, there is room for growth. The young heroes display the ability to reshape their minds and make better decisions. Their actions will not affect only one person, but many people. The goal is to recognize the choices they make and there will be consequences. For Kamel, his life changes after receiving a phone call. You will watch how one day can make a difference.
Kamel is a teenager, who develops the characteristics of an urban detective. He is willing to place his life on the line to solve a mystery in order to get answers about a deadly murder. When he comes in contact with an escaped prisoner, Kamel has to put a stop to his madness and protect everyone.
How do you feel it was received?
I wanted to tell a story about a guy who did not let challenges stop him from solving a mystery. I mixed up some “SAW” , “Bride of Chucky” and “Bonnie & Clyde” to make this series possible.
And about your new book?
Jennifer Delacruz is about to experience the wildest chapter of her life. She thought she had it all: a loving boyfriend, an honors student, and a caring family in Brooklyn. But all of that is about to come crashing down when meeting a serial killer. A man, who comes with a hidden past.
After witnessing a murder, Jennifer is going to have to think fast and play a deadly game. How far will you go to protect your loved ones from a killer? Things are about to get intense when a research paper becomes a Game of Crimes. Welcome to the Kill All Project.
And how was that received?
It was a prequel/sequel of 31 Days to Live. I wanted to make a trilogy and focus on growth between characters as they come in contact with challenges and great danger.
What do you do to market your books?
I use the power of social media to get my stories out there. I post photos of readers holding the book. I use hashtags and created my own hashtags to narrow down searches when looking for the book online. I used twitter, Facebook, Instagram. I post snips and highlights. I used to do public readings as well. Anything possible to let people know what I am working on.
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