Joshua Dowidat was raised in the outlying areas of Southeast Arizona. Being more prone to indulge in the outdoor lifestyle he was constantly hiking and exploring the local areas up into his adult life. After high school he pursued a career in the construction field before returning to school to eventually achieve a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in Green Sustainability Enterprises. While working in new fields of employment today Joshua finds himself occupying his leisurely time once again in the outdoors and other new ventures that he finds intriguing.
For several years he has written ideas down on paper or through the computer of various ideas that he has either dreamed about or randomly conjured in his mind about different scenarios that explain something mysterious or just the simplest eerie thought that he feels when something hits him just right. His creative imagination has been a large part of his life through other works, resolutions to simple problems and entertaining others through constant joking and storytelling. All in good fun though. Over the years he has worked on compiling these ideas into a hobby that resulted into a larger manuscript that he felt, with the influence of family and friends, that he should see what direction it would take him in.
His works and imagination come from a long list of great imaginative authors including, Dean Koontz, Terry Brooks, Clive Barker, Dan Brown, H.P. Lovecraft, Tim Burton, and Neal Stephenson just to name a few. His primary readings are from these authors and others who write in a similar style unless it is his other favorite subjects like history and freelance research on whatever “pops” into his mind at the time.
While currently residing in the country, he strives to better his career in the fields of his degree and study but also has turned a major focus of his life into formatting his thoughts into words and turning those words into something that he hopes others will enjoy just as much.
Things You Should Know About This Author
What book have you gifted the most? Why?
This would have to be my only book published so far, “Desert Shadows.” The ‘why’ is because I enjoy gifting it and seeing people’s reactions but also because it is my only book I am capable of gifting so far.
What is the one productivity tool you use every day? Why?
Couldn’t really say which one right now. I don’t use any that often and my social media is set up on a simple marketing plan that helps.
What word do you misspell most often?
Form with from.
What three things do you do to be a successful writer?
Tell it the way I want to and not how I feel others want to hear it. I think that helps make a story unique. I also try to stay in touch with followers and fellow authors to hear about new things. I also focus on my writing style a little more now that I have a book published. There is a lot involved beyond the book and the way you say everything outside of your story as a person.
What are the titles of the last two books you have read?
Dean Koontz – “The Voice of the Night”
Gina Miller-Meinema – “Fumbling and Soaring”
What is your favorite word?
What do you use more often – a dictionary or a thesaurus?
What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Hope out of Darkness
What is your ‘go to’ munchie or drink while writing?
Different flavored hot teas, mainly Earl Grey and Rooibes Red. Snack is anything but probably Spicy Nacho Doritos or Saltine Crackers
Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.
Yes, if it captures a memory and makes you ‘feel there’ again when you see it.
What animal are you most similar to and why?
Wolf. I like the strength of a pack and the unity but can also roam alone and be absolutely fine. Loyalty
How would your best friend describe you?
As a brother.
What keeps you up at night? (and don’t say howling dogs)
Howling Coyotes. No, not really. But sometimes. For me it’s just my thoughts. What I didn’t get done today? What I should have done different? What I need to improve on. What way should part of a story go? It all depends.
What is one thing you will never do again?
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare?
Steak or Hamburgers. But I would have to ask what my guests can eat so I could be a proper host.
What is the best compliment you have received – or would like to receive?
I love you.
What question do you hate to answer?
I don’t hate anymore.
Crowds, small groups or ‘go away’?
Usually small groups to a ‘go away’ atmosphere.
What would you sing at Karaoke night?
Beethoven or Mozart
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Caution: May be in another world at this time……or just thinking.
What is the one question you wished I would have asked you? Why?
This would be specific to my writing genre, “eerie.” You would ask you write that. My answer would be, since now you asked through me. ‘Because I feel it, people feel it. It’s easy to scare someone, to make them sad or happy. But capturing an area that is in a sort of grey spot of emotions yet lingers on is what a try to do. I want people to look at things, life, differently after reading one of my stories. Maybe they don’t even remember the story but for some reason, subconsciously, they see or smell something that signals that eerie emotion in them.
Why? Well, because it’s something others ask me I guess?