Reading was a big part of Dorothy Compton's life as a child. In the winter she curled up with a book at every opportunity. In the summer, when she wasn't hiking to the swimming hole with her best friend, along with her brothers, she was hiking to the small Carnegie Library in Collinsville, Oklahoma, to gather an arm full of books. Music also played a big role in her life as a child and it was a toss-up to decide which she liked most: music or reading.
She often wrote book reports for her friends and honestly didn't realize she was helping them cheat. She simply liked to read the books and the book reports weren't difficult. It also made her quite popular.
She won second place in a statewide short story contest when a senior in high school and felt she was destined to be a writer. Alas! An insensitive high school principal made some very negative remarks about her writing. No one bothered to tell her it was only one person's opinion so she simply dropped the idea.
After a few years of marriage and raising three daughters she felt the need for something more. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Oklahoma with a minor in English.
She taught Vocal Music and English in the public schools of Oklahoma and Kansas. She also taught music privately. She still had an itch to write so when her husband retired they moved to Oklahoma City where she took two correspondence courses in writing. After her husband died she turned to writing as an outlet for her feelings. She loved writing and was quite surprised when she found a market for some of her short stories. Two of her five novels won honorable mention at the OWFI (Oklahoma Writers Federation Inc.,) contests. She'd love to sell everything she writes, but is firmly convinced the process of writing is a reward in itself.
She is the editor of PenTales, the newsletter for CORA (Central Oklahoma Roundtable of Authors) and has contributed articles to it and several other small publications. She belongs to three other writers clubs.
Dorothy shares a home in Oklahoma City with her daughter Donna and is still involved in music as well as gardening, sewing, swimming and basking in the achievements of her children and grandchildren. She taps these rich resources as material for writing. Her hope is to continue writing better and better books in the future.
- Honorable Intentions
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