Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Tamikio L. Dooley. I’m 44.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from Detroit, Michigan.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
About the Author:
Tamikio L. Dooley is the award- winning author, self-publisher, and blogger. She writes fiction of crime, thriller, mystery, and paranormal. In her spare time, she writes short stories, poetry, motivational, and health books. The author received an honorable recognition as the best indie author of crime of September 2016. She also won her first crystal trophy awards in crime category.
Tamikio L. Dooley is the author of Cries of the Echo: The Cries That Went unheard Series,
Unlawful Deception: the Washington Criminal Series,
Demons of the Mind Series,
The Warhead Hunters: Zombie Apocalypse Decimation Series,
The Fallen Vampire Legend Series.
Her others work includes:
The Soul Catchers: Revenge of the Dead,
Coldwater Ghost Town, Dead in the Storm,
Burning by the Piercing Arrow, Dogs of Defenders,
The author is also writing her first single poetry book called, About the Feeling of Life: A Journal of Inspirational Poetry. Dooley is the author of Cries of the Echo: The Cries
Tamikio is the co-author of another poetry book Poetry for the Image, writing for homeless veterans. She is the author of a Healthy Living four-part book series.
Where to Find the Author’s Books:
The author’s books are featured Farmington Community Library in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She is a published author on Amazon, Lulu, Draft2Digital, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble. Readers can also find the author’s books on Kobo, Apple Books, Google Play, Angus & Robertson, Overdrive, Baker & Taylor, and Bibliotheca.
The Author’s Life:
Tamikio L. Dooley was born November 11, 1974, in Detroit, Michigan. Tamikio is married to Dennis Dooley. The couple shares one eight-year- old son together. Her hobbies are reading, writing, researching, and interacting with people. Her favorite inspiring authors are Patricia Cornwell, Dean Koontz, Denise Baer, Amy Cross, and Ron Ripley.
She graduated from Henry Ford High School in Detroit, Michigan. In June 1994, she completed a high school diploma in General Studies .Tamikio attended Goodwill Industries in Detroit, Michigan. In mid-June 1994 after graduation, she became a certified Data Entry Specialist. In August 2001, she attended Henry Ford Community College and completed an associate’s degree in Business Management in August 2005.Today, Tamikio attends Southern New Hampshire University majoring in Journalism for her an associate’s degree in Journalism June 2020.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I released my first crime book series Secrets of the Darkness, and zombie apocalypse book series Dawn of the Walker.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing for the public audience January 2015. I had a passion for writing since the age of sixteen.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first consider myself a writer when I published my first book March 2015. The journey was tough, but I refused to give up, and my determination expanded to the fullest!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I have a true obsession with horror, ghost, and paranormal. I love to watch movies and read books in the genre. I had several handwritten ghosts stories as a teenage but never moved forward to publish them.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I cannot recall how I came up with the title of my first books.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
No, I do not have a specific writing style.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
None of my fiction books are based on realistic or experiences. I wrote nonfiction books such as motivational books, and health books. My motivational book is based on my life experiences growing up.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, I never travel crafting my books. I believe strongly research skills crafting my books. My advice to authors would be to research written material whether they’re writing fiction or nonfiction.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I design all of my book covers except for one covers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not necessarily. I mainly write fiction for reading enjoyment. I write nonfiction for educational learning and improvement.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Yes, my favourite authors are Ron Ripley, Patricia Cornwell, Amy Cross, and Ted Dekker to name a few.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I have several friends supporting my commitment to writing, but I want to acknowledge one very special friend I can say supported me, and his name is Mac Krazie. I’m proud to say I mentor the young man with publishing his first book. I’m proud of his accomplishments with currently publishing four books.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
No, I enjoy writing as a hobby and for fun.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
If I had to do it all over again, I would apply knowledge I learned throughout the five years of becoming a writer.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, I learned a lot about sentence structure, punctuation, writing events in order, and more. I’m still rusty when it comes to the writing process. I believe authors have something new to learn every day.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
If my book was made into a film, I would love to play the leading role.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
My advice to writers would be to research! I learned two years into writing that researching is the key to crafting a good book. It doesn’t matter whether the author writes fiction or nonfiction work research still the key to a great story. I also suggest authors get to know fellow authors learning a thing or two from them.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Yes, I understand the viewer’s entitled to their opinions about the books they read, but I think it’s unnecessary to give an author a bad review on their book, if they didn’t like it. I’ve read plenty of books and never gave bad reviews.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m currently reading Bates Motel by Robert Bloch, This Rage of Echoes by Simon Clark, Mr. Hand by Gary A. Braunbeck, Wrecked by Carol Higgins Clark, and Ghost Town by Michael Collins.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, I don’t the first book I read was over twenty-seven-years ago.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
What makes me laugh being around people with great sense of humour, spending time with my friends and family, and watching my favourite comedy shows such as The Golden Girls. What make me cry is seeing the world being cruel to one another, losing friends and loved one’s to death and tragic situations, and seeing people sad from everyday life issues.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would like to meet Patricia Cornwell she is my favourite crime author. I was inspired by her Scarpetta Series to start my own crime book series. I have all twenty-four books included in her series. I’m halfway through the first series and look forward to finishing all twenty-four books as to key research wring my second series of crime.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Yes, my hobbies are reading, writing, collecting books and bookmarkers, collecting planners, stickers, colouring and puzzle books.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I enjoy watching The Golden Girls, Three’s Company, Mama’s Family, and Married with Children. I love watching the older sitcoms I grew up watching. I also enjoy watching the Cooking Channel and television series on Netflix.
Fiona: Favourite foods, colors, music?
My favourite foods are Seafood and Chinese foods. My favourite colours are green, purple, red, blue, and black.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I haven’t given it much thought as to what the rest of my life would be like if I no longer wrote. I guess I would relax and enjoy the rest of the days on this earth the Lord has for me.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
If I only had 24 hours to live, I would spend my time telling friends and family how much I love them, and I would repent to God for all my sins asking for forgiveness. I repent every day as well.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I want the world to know how wonder of mother, daughter, and wife to the people in my life I was.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Readers can find my upcoming books, new releases, contests, giveaway, book signing, and more by visiting the following links below.
(Author’s Personal Website)
(Facebook Author Page)
(Author Amazon Page)
Armen Pogharian said:
You’ve certainly had a prolific and successful writing career – and at such a young age how far you’ll go. Best of luck to you in catching the horizon.
Liz Gauffreau said:
I enjoyed reading your interview. As Armen noted, you’ve accomplished a lot! I agree with you about it not being necessary to leave bad reviews on books. If a book really is that bad, people just won’t recommend it to each other.