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Fall 2004 Featured Author, Dotti Enderle

RT: The blurb in the front of The Cotton Candy Catastrophe at the Texas State Fair characterizes you an “active, professional storyteller.” How long have you been telling stories? When selecting stories to tell, how do you decide what will make a good story?

Dotti: I started as a storyteller in 1993. I’ve since told hundreds of stories at numerous schools, libraries, museums, and festivals. I placed three times in the Houston Storytellers Guild’s Annual Liars Contest. Sadly, I only took Second Place, which probably makes me just a second-rate liar. But when choosing a story, I go for anything that’s ironic, or allows the audience to participate. I started writing seriously in 1995, and I sold lots of magazine articles, stories, and poems.

RT: Do you have a favorite type of story? Your Fortune Tellers Club series is quite different from The Cotton Candy Catastrophe at the Texas State Fair, particularly the target audience.

Dotti: The age range may be different, but not the underlying concept. In The Cotton Candy Catastrophe at the Texas State Fair the main character (and the State Fair of Texas) is faced with the “bizarre.” That's pretty much the same as in my Fortune Tellers Club series. As for my favorite type of story, I love anything eerie or with an odd twist.

RT: The Fortune Tellers Club seems to be taking off, and there doesn’t seem to be any slowdown in the pace you’ve set for adding books to the series. Can you give us a hint at what’s next for Anne, Juniper, and Gena?

Dotti: They just keep getting deeper and deeper into the paranormal. In Book 7, The Burning Pendulum, Juniper is faced with the topic of censorship, an issue very close to me personally. And in Book 8, The Ghost of Shady Lane, Anne finds herself caught up in her own “old-fashioned ghost story.”

RT: Clearly, you love to tell stories for children of all ages. Do you ever have the chance to meet with kids to talk about your books or read with them? What are those experiences like? Do the kids give you ideas about what to write?

Dotti: I’ve never had a child give me an idea for a book, but after Hand of Fate came out I actually had a child E-mail me to say, “Write more like this one.” I got a real kick out of that. Kids are fun to interact with, and they aren’t afraid to tell you what they think. Luckily, so far, I’ve only had positive feedback from them concerning my books.

RT: Is it possible for people to read excerpts from the Fortune Tellers Club series or The Cotton Candy Catastrophe at the Texas State Fair? Where should they go to purchase the books? While they are readily available online, not everyone uses the Internet. Do traditional bookstores carry them or do they have to be special ordered?

Dotti: Barnes & Noble has been excellent about carrying them in their stores. But if one or two is missing, they can order them. As for an excerpt, you can read those at Amazon or on my website, www.dottienderle.com. Be sure to check out the official Fortune Teller's Club Web site, too.

RT: Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Dotti: Only that I hope everyone is reading, reading, reading … whether it’s my books or others. No matter what anyone tells you, reading is power. So empower yourself often. And as I like to say, “Read On!”


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