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…a piece to give yeez pause to think from my friend, Authoress Dori Ann Dupre…

…I’m happy today to give my Blog over to the wonderful Authoress, Dori Ann Dupre, with a powerful message, which is relevant not only to her family and mine, but to those of many thousands of we Lads and Lassies of Blog Land:


APR 15th 2016

Scout’s Honor Launch– Yes, it actually happened.

This blog post on Finding Dori was written on April 15th, 2016.

Yesterday was my first book’s launch day. I only get one of those. Kind of like a first Steelers game at Heinz Field. I only get one of those. So if the memory isn’t a good one – or one you’d prefer to forget -then you’re kind of screwed.

Back in June 2015, when I signed with Pen Name Publishing, the date of April 14th, 2016 seemed so far out there. And then slowly, week by week, edit by edit, building block by block, this new author experience and first book process came into a full blown photo. April 14th looked nice – a Spring day in North Carolina, a top-of-the-mountain feeling, a Rocky-at-the-Philadelphia-Art-Museum moment just a little while away….

But no. That was not my launch day.

My first book’s launch day was spent on the 3rd floor at UNC Lineberger Cancer Hospital, the chemotherapy infusion center, just like every two Thursdays for the past month and a half, with my husband who is receiving treatment for Stage 4 colon cancer. If someone told me that would be my launch day back in June, I’d slap a face (or “cut a bitch” to quote my friend). Cancer isn’t our family’s “thing.”

Well, now it is.

Basically, the Thursdays we spend there are long. My husband has to receive the chemo treatment which is the longest one, of course. We sit in our spot, he tries to get comfortable in the most uncomfortable place possible, the young UNC student volunteer comes by with his cart of coffee, Lorna Doone cookies and a smile, trying to make you feel like the worst situation in your life – ever – ever ever ever – might be momentarily lessened with his kindness – and really, it’s not, but one thing I’ve learned throughout this is that when you have cancer or when your loved one has cancer, people at the cancer hospital are the nicest people on the planet. It’s too bad they can’t all be cloned and brought outside of the hospital experience and into the “real world” – whatever that even is anymore.

There has been nothing but horrible news, results, and overall moments throughout this entire situation. We keep waiting for someone to come out of a room and at last announce, “Hey! We got good news!” or “We got news that doesn’t suck for once!” or “We got this under control!” or “Hey! Someone just found a cure!” Because really, that is all that will save him: a miracle. I know people believe in the “power of prayer,” and if God comes through for my husband, maybe my highly cynical Christian ass will have a turnaround. Because God knows I’ve prayed – and I’m not much of a pray-er anymore. God knows lots of people have been praying, people who fervently adhere to their faith. Would be nice if my husband was the tangible recipient of these kind folks’ diligent efforts on their knees. Would be great if he received the touch of God’s grace. I know I’ve bargained for it.

We met with a wonderful lady at UNC Lineberger, who coordinates events that raise funds for the hospital. She came by our little encampment and we discussed how we can best use my book to raise funds for Gastrointestinal Oncology research at UNC. She is going to set me up a “landing page” where people can donate funds to this cause, buy my book – where a portion of the proceeds will go toward this directly, and also where we can tell our story.


Scout’s Honor – which has absolutely nothing to do with cancer – is really the only thing that I have to give to try to help my husband and others in his situation or others who will be in his situation someday in the future. The hospital will be putting together a landing page for donations and my book and our story for me to share on my website and everywhere else I can share. If you donate or buy my book, please know that all the funds donated go directly toward the cause. So many charities use a lot of funds for their administration. This donation goes to the actual research. This is how progress is made – it is tangible, it is prolonging and saving lives, and I hope that something will be discovered in time to save my husband’s life.

Thanks for your support.


UPDATE: The UNC Lineberger Cancer Hospital has set up the 2016 Scout’s Honor page. If you would like to donate to Colon Cancer Research at this world class hospital, which is much needed, please go to 2016 Scout’s Honor’s Fundraising Page. ANY and ALL funds donated to this cause go DIRECTLY to research – and not administration, balloons, tee shirts and awards. Research. Period. Let’s get this cancer on the national radar for a change. THIRD cancer…and SECOND cancer killer…and no one is talking about it! You are NEVER too young to get this devastating disease.

…many thanks, m’Lady, Dori… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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… how much of a Writer’s real life experience goes into their fiction?… Authoress pal, Dori Ann Dupre shows yeez…

…Guest Blogs are such a fabulous source of great gems… my terrific pal, Authoress, Dori Ann Dupre shares this piece with yeez today… well worth the read… and p’raps another read after that… enjoy:

Writing Real in Fiction

Dori Ann Dupré, Novelist

When I told an established novelist, screenplay writer and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist of my intention to finish my first novel, he asked me when I came up with my story. I told him that I had the idea for my book at least twenty or more years ago, but every time I started it, I would just give up and throw it away. He asked me why. I explained that I wasn’t quite sure but, at the time, I never felt like it was coming out right.

His response to that stuck with me: “Sometimes you need to live a little more, have more life experience behind you, to make it all come out in the right way.”

He was 55 years old when he wrote his first novel. I was 44.




My novel, Scout’s Honor, is not a memoir. As interesting as my life has been thus far, it hasn’t been quite that interesting. That’s why I enjoy writing fiction. I can make it as interesting as I want. I think memoirs, while probably painful writing in many instances (I mean, who wants to read a happy memoir?), certainly have their place in our hearts and book clubs and on our bookshelves. But fiction writing is a unique way to write real life experiences into an alternate universe altogether.

When I completed my first manuscript and started sending it out to agents and publishers, I was 44 years old with a wealth of life experience already behind me (I had to grow up a lot faster than most of my Gen Xers). But I’m also still young enough to have a wealth of life experience ahead of me…waiting out there…yet to live.

I’m wiser but not yet wise.

I started writing Scout’s Honor in my head when I was in my early twenties. I’d write it down on paper in a notebook. There were a few specific youthful observations that fed into my idea for the story. I can even recall telling a supervisor, while in the Army, to be on the lookout for my book someday. But I don’t think that this particular book could have been written without the past twenty years also lived. I suppose I had to go through more of grown up life in order for it to be written exactly how I wanted to tell this particular story.

I needed to experience more of “real” life: death, heart break, grief, love, suffering, inexplicable pain, joy, personal success, personal failure, and all the highs and lows that come with a twenty-year marriage and raising two daughters into adulthood. I think that fiction writers do what memoir writers do: take the wealth of emotions and observations that come from real life experiences, and instead of putting them all into a true story, push them out into a fictional one…creating something almost as real as a memoir itself.

My debut launches on April 14th, 2016 with French Press Bookworks, a Pen Name Publishing imprint. I write about regular (fictional) people in North Carolina, contemporary stories about life, love and loss. My hope is that anyone who reads my work will be touched by the characters and their personal triumphs and tragedies and will be able to identify with them in some way.

Scout’s Honor begins in August of 1983 and ends in the modern day. A full description of this coming of age and tale of self-discovery can be found on my website along with two other projects I have in the works. And if you would like to see my (kick-ass) official book trailer, it is now live on YouTube and my website and all over my social media.

Lastly, I write a new blog called Finding Dori. It is for novice authors and writers just getting their work out there to the public, shooting it out into the void of the modern exchange…and fumbling along (like me) trying to figure it all out without giving up and sitting down for a good cry or temper tantrum. I hope that my blog will help others also getting started, just as the Master Jurassic Scots Scribbler from Glesga has helped so many others out there (or as Seumas would say, “oot there”) get started on their “wee” journeys.

Thank you Seumas Gallacher for this opportunity to share my work with your astoundingly vast and diverse audience through a guest post on your blog. And even if it generates absolutely no interest whatsoever in my own personal writing endeavors and my baby novel, at least I will be able to say that I’ve seen my beautiful book cover displayed next to a super nice guy in a kilt.

Coming April 14th, 2016

French Press Bookworks


Dori Ann Dupré


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For the Book Trailer, click here

Happy writing, y’all…


…and many thanks to yerself, m”Lady, Dori… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!




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