Akemi Dawn Bowman is the author of Starfish (a William C. Morris Award Finalist) and Summer Bird Blue (out September 11th, 2018). She’s a proud Ravenclaw and Star Wars enthusiast, who served in the US Navy for five years and has a BA in social sciences from UNLV. Originally from Las Vegas, she currently lives in Scotland with her husband, two children, and their Pekingese mix. She is represented by Penny Moore of Empire Literary.
How did you get published?
I’ve written a blog post all about my journey to publication here.
I’m a writer. Can you help me get published/read my book/send my manuscript to your agent?
First of all, congratulations on finishing a book! That’s absolutely something to be proud of. Sadly, I don’t have a lot of free time, nor do I have the ability to help anyone get published. But I encourage you to do some research on how to write a good query letter, and seek out agents who you think would be the best fit for your work. (My agent, Penny Moore, is fabulous and you can read all about what she’s looking for here.)
My book is going to be published. Is there any chance you could write a blurb for me?
Congratulations on your upcoming release! Please send any blurb requests to my agent, Penny Moore, at Penny[at]empireliterary[dot]com.
What’s the best way to reach you?
There’s a form on my contact page for getting in touch. You’re also welcome to reach out through Twitter, and my Asks are always open over on Tumblr. FYI, I don’t respond to private messages on Instagram.
I can’t wait to read STARFISH/SUMMER BIRD BLUE/INSERT FUTURE BOOK HERE! Any chance I could read an early/free copy?
Thanks so much for the interest! I receive a very limited amount of ARCs that are used for giveaways (keep an eye on my blog and Twitter for more information). You can also request e-ARCs through Edelweiss and Netgalley in the months leading up to publication. For review copies or any publicity related questions, you can reach the publicity team at ChildrensPublicity[at]SimonandSchuster[dot]com.
I tagged you in a review I wrote for your book. Why didn’t you respond/like it/share it?
I had to make some adjustments to the way I interact with reviews for my own mental health and self-care. I am very sorry if this upsets anyone, but I no longer read or engage with blogger/Goodreads reviews I’m tagged in—even the lovely ones! I promise this wasn’t a decision I made lightly, and I hugely appreciate every reader, reviewer, and blogger who takes the time to read and talk about the books they love. But I need to be in a good mental space to write, and this change was very necessary.
Can you tell me five random facts about yourself?
- I’m a vegetarian who hates mushrooms.
- I love animals, but I’m allergic to pretty much all of them.
- Despite serving in the US Navy, I don’t actually know how to swim (something I have in common with a handful of my MCs).
- There was a time a could list all 151 original Pokémon by number in my sleep.
- I once ran a mildly successful Petz website, until my computer crashed and I lost every one of my virtual dogs and cats. *internal sobbing*
What would your dream Pokémon lineup look like?
I’m so glad you asked. Vulpix, Jolteon, Leafeon, Mew, Marowak, and Alolan Ninetales. *Big Hero Six fist bump*