I Wrote a Novel And Made My Daughter the Hero

My main character saves the world without hair or health or the guarantee of tomorrow.

Jacqueline Dooley
The Memoirist
Published in
5 min readApr 3, 2024

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Ana in September 2012 — She’s in the hospital’s garden for a bit of sunshine

I self-published my first novel, Doorways to Arkomo, in May 2014 after submitting it to roughly thirty agents. I heard back from about half of them, mostly with variations of this sentence, “We like your writing, but the book is not for us.” It…

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Jacqueline Dooley
The Memoirist

Essayist, content writer, bereaved parent. Bylines: Human Parts, GEN, Marker, OneZero, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Pulse, HuffPost, Longreads, Modern Loss