Local author encourages writers to seek inspiration 'everywhere'

LEESVILLE -- "Watch and observe."

That's the advice local author T.R. Dowden gives aspiring writers in the area.

Dowden has written two books, "Aftermath," and "Delaware Blues." She said she finds inspiration "everywhere" in Leesville.

Dowden works as a sous chef at the Booker Lewis House Restaurant in Leesville.

"I have met all sorts of people -- couples celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, guys who work at Fort Polk who cannot tell you what they do," she said, laughing. "Families, weddings, baby showers ... a lot."

Dowden was born and raised in Leesville. She graduated from Leesville High School. She has lived in various places, including in Las Vegas, but moved back after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

"And I've been here ever since," she said.

She said she began writing short stories in junior high as part of a composition assignment.

"I found that I had a bit of a knack for it," she said. "It wasn't until about 2004 or so that I really got interested and wanted to be a serious author. So, I started tinkering around with different stories."

"Aftermath" is about a New Orleans fishing boat captain who finds himself at the helm of a corporation -- and a New Orleans crime family. The story dives into how the captain, Giovanni St.-Baptist, survives life-changing events in the "aftermath."

"You get to meet some interesting people along the way," she said.

Dowden hopes to have a book signing in Leesville soon for "Aftermath." Work on "Delaware Blues" just wrapped up.

Dowden encourages others to try to meet their writing goals. She said it took some time for her to put pen to paper, but she's glad she did.

"I kept at it, and eventually I got better," she said. "If it's something you like to do, keep with it."

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