Georgia Writer Succeeds in England
Dori Thomas Peaple is a Georgia native and has lived in England with her husband since March 2006. When Dori was growing up in the South, she probably never thought she’d someday be living eighty miles west of London, in the countryside, in a county called Wiltshire.
Writing and photography have both been Dori’s lifelong passions along with many other creative outlets such as watercolor painting and playing the flute. Blogging, she admits, is a much newer love. As a matter of fact, it was through Dori’s blog, that I got to know her.
When I first encountered Dori’s blog, her writing-style made me feel as if I had been transported back in time to my grandmother’s house in rural Alabama. I felt like kicking off my shoes and staying awhile, as I sipped ice-cold lemonade from a mason jar on her tree-shaded front porch. It was cool, relaxing and entertaining, all at the same time. Dori has a way of writing that can put you right in the midst of whatever she sees, feels or touches. Whether she’s writing about a peaceful park, a trip to the market, walking in the snow or the magnificent edifices in England, Dori’s strength as a writer and photographer are always evident.
Blogging since March 4th, 2008, Dori says she picked this day specifically because of the power she personally finds in this particular day. To her, the date of March 4th means to ‘march forth’ to whatever you desire, so she took it as a personal mantra as she began blogging.
The genesis of Dori’s blog came from a need to document her experiences of living in another land and to share whatever knowledge she could with others embarking on such a journey, as well as providing a window for people just to see what her personal experience is like. She’s had a number of expats who have thanked her for helping them to begin navigating the waters of living abroad. Dori says, “I’m very pleased to have helped. That is what I always want to do with my life … help whenever I can.”
Blogging has already presented Dori with many rewards, including being named as one of the 2010 Alive Magazine Women of the Year. You’ll find that her expat experience often permeates her writing and photography at her blog, From a Yellow House in England; however, she also writes about things that have nothing to do with being an expat. Sometimes you’ll find a recipe and her latest culinary attempt documented in full color, alongside an account of her adventures in London.
Recently, Dori completed the Freelance and Feature Writing course at The London School of Journalism, and received a Diploma with Distinction. She has contributed articles to the e-zine, Tango Echo, which have highlighted some of the architectural history and cultural history of England. Dori has placed twice within the top 100 winners of the Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, which annually attracts thousands of entries. She has had poetry published online and in anthologies also.
Dori’s beautiful photography is ever present on her blog, but she’s also had her breathtaking photographs featured in her well-written articles for Tango Echo. She has had a photo of the Great West Door at St. Paul’s Cathedral featured in the London city guide at Schmap Guides, which is a new generation virtual guidebook of sorts. She’s also had a number of photographs featured on BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) television as well as having photographs featured on the BBC radio website and in the regional newspaper, The Swindon Advertiser. Dori’s photography can also be seen on the website for the Alfred Williams Heritage Society, which highlights the works of Alfred Williams, who was an English poet of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Dori is currently working towards her fiction writing aspirations. She has two ideas for novels that she’s working on, one which is contemporary fiction and the other is a piece of fiction that pays homage to the ancestors … hers, and ours collectively. In the meantime, Dori is currently open to whatever further writing and photography opportunities that come her way.
To reach out to Dori, visit her website at http://fromayellowhouse.blogspot.com or
Email: email@example.com. You can also reach Dori on Twitter: @ayellowhouse
Note: I’m delighted that our paths crossed. ~Jacqueline 🙂