Saturday, December 15, 2012

Author: Myra Dorsey Interview and Giveaway!

Brought to you by Cher Murphy Public Relations...

Benefit of the Doubt
Myra Dorsey

Release Date: 11 April, 2012
Publisher: AuthorHouse
No one expects their dreams of marriage, the perfect home, and professional success to turn into a nightmare simply because of one misguided decision. However, this is what happened to Kendall Sweeney. Her life was turned upside down, and Benefit of the Doubt follows as she puts her faith and perserverance to the test to climb her way back to the top.​ ​

Based on actual events, Benefit of the Doubt examines difficult life lessons and illustrates how changing your mindset can change the world around you.


Let's welcome Myra Dorsey to Books à la Mode today with her debut novel, Benefit of the Doubt. Hey, Myra! Could you share a brief bio with us?

Myra Aileen Dorsey graduated from Towson University in 1995 with a BS in Business Management and obtained her MBA at University of Baltimore in 1998 with a concentration in Human Resources Management. In 1995, Myra started pursuing her career aspirations of climbing the corporate ladder at a very young age—and that is what she did. ​

As her career soared, so did life. This brought Myra many exciting adventures but also introduced her to some very tough life lessons, which guided her to make huge changes in how she approached life as a whole. ​

She never dreamed she would ever be an author. However, those life lessons inspired her to share a story that somewhat mirrors what she experienced. As a result, Benefit of the Doubt​​​​​​​​​​ was published, and Myra hopes her readers can learn as much from reading the book as she did from writing it.

What was your inspiration for Benefit of the Doubt?

It is a true story that I felt needed to be told to the masses to help and inspire others. I want my book to be used as the segway to me starting a non-profit to help those masses who need my help and even those who don't even realize that they may be in a position one day in which they will need to read and hear my story... this book can prepare them in advance.

How did you get it published?

I sat down and brought my story to life via fictional means (I took my thoughts and wrote an outline, then moved the outline into chapters which then morphed into a book) and did my research on self-publishing companies. I did however, ask a lot of questions of those in the industry and sought out help from an expert to assist me in getting started on how to put my book together appropriately. After researching throroughly, I decided that AuthorHouse offered the best package for me for they seemed to be extremely user-friendly and have the means set up to help novice publishers such as myself. They walked me through the process step by step.

What do you love to hear from readers?

I love when my readers tell me what an inspiration my book has been for them and how they now look at me as a role model to assist them get through tough times. It is such a sense of accomplishment for me to know that my life experience and lessons can help others through what they are experiencing and/or assist them in knowing the warning signs so as not to get trapped in the scenario I did.

What's the best part about being a writer?

Having others admire your works and knowing you have accomplished a task that is very difficult for a lot to do. It is a huge effort and great experience to know that others embrace your works.... very rewarding.

What are some hazards of being a writer?

For a 1st-time no-name author, it is hard to "quit your day time job" because you never know how your book will catch on. Making a living out of writing takes determination and dedication, as well as sacrifice if that is your passion.

Give aspiring writers a piece of advice you think would be really helpful.

I would want to guide them in the self-publishing process (i.e. not using a company per say, but help on how to print on your own and have your material edited on your own). I think in the end, it saves money and earns so much more profit. Self-publishers have ulitmate control over their material.

Thank you so much for joining us today, Myra! Your insights on the self-publishing process and the writer's life are fascinating. Best of luck with Benefit of the Doubt and any future writing endeavors!

Myra can be found at the following nooks and crannies of the web:


Thanks to the author and Cher Murphy PR, one lucky reader will receive a print copy of Benefit of the Doubt! To enter, all you have to do fill out the Rafflecopter form below :)
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Giveaway ends 30 December, 2012.
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