Music beats through Dori Ann Dupre's flash fiction, See You in September, vividly setting the scene in a small-town diner where the heart of a shy teenage girl skips a beat or two while watching the new boy in town sweep the floor. Dori chose music as the thread for her story knowing that adults who struggle with short-term memory more easily recall the songs of days gone by. Music connects them to memories, and the familiar song, See You in September, both timely and timeless, blankets the scene and her characters in the comfort of simpler days. She submitted her story for inclusion in the anthology knowing “how a simple story could ignite good feelings and memories in a dementia or memory-impaired person...” and hoping to be part of helping “someone re-experience happiness through feelings and memories.
Her desire to better the world through her art is standard practice. She’s been involved with other projects where her writing supports change. In one article, she writes about The Help A Brother Out Foundation profiling a local non-profit organization which each day offers “a hand up, not a hand out.” Her published short stories and her novel support a range of initiatives. Proceeds from the Pen Name Publishing charity anthology From Words to Water, for example, went directly to the Wine to Water organization to deliver clean water to vulnerable communities worldwide. Others like On Life and Living, and her debut novel, Scout’s Honor, donated to the Linerberger Center for Cancer Research at the University of North Carolina in the memory of her husband, Eric DeJong.
Her novel was the 2016 Bronze Medal winner for Southern Fiction with the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards and it was named a Finalist in the 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Dori takes pride in these achievements, but when she hears back from readers of Scout’s Honor that her compelling story changed and saved lives, well, that means far more.
Dori recently completed her second novel, Good Buddy, which is currently represented and seeking a publisher. She describes her novel as “the book of my heart,” and shares a peek at its plot: “Jonathan 'Buddy' Cordova is a small time criminal defense lawyer living paycheck to paycheck and practicing law out of his house in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He likes to think of himself as a modern day Atticus Finch, the kind of attorney who represents the poor, the indigent, the ‘probably guilty,’ the kinds of clients who usually end up in jail. Shy, painfully awkward around pretty women, and carrying his own dark secret, Buddy falls for the daily jogger—Julie Saint, a part-time Kindergarten teacher and Army widow with a little girl named Molly.”
If you’d like to read more her flash fiction, check out the anthology: bit.ly/READFLASH.
If you’d like to follow Dori’s writing, visit her website: www.DoriAnnDupre.com.
She’s always available to visit with book clubs and speak about writing. Follow her on her social media channels: Facebook @DoriAnnDupre, Twitter @DoriAnnDupre, and Instagram @dori_dejong
Anchala Studios, LLC is a micro press based in Chapel Hill, NC which selects projects appealing to broad audiences and which enrich the community. The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory is its first publication.