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Akemi Dawn Bowman is a critically-acclaimed author who writes across genres. Her novels have received multiple accolades and award nominations, and her debut novel, Starfish, was a William C. Morris Award Finalist. She has a BA in social sciences from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and currently lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. She overthinks everything, including this bio. You can find Akemi on Instagram @AkemiDawnBowman.


How did you get published?

I’ve written a blog post all about my journey to publication here.


I just finished your book and want to tell you how much I loved it! What’s the best way to reach you?

The fastest way to reach me is via email (see contact page). Please understand that while I do read and appreciate every single message I receive (I truly have some of the best readers in the world!), I am not always able to respond due to time constraints. 


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 Instagram for more information). You can also request e-ARCs through Edelweiss and Netgalley in the months leading up to publication. For US review copies or any publicity related questions, you can reach the publicity team at


I’d like to get in touch about an interview/podcast/event. What’s the best way to organize this?

So excited to hear this! Please send an email to, or use the form on my contact page.


Do you have a media kit?

Yes, I do! You can find it here.

  •  I’m a vegetarian, but I don’t like mushrooms.

  • If you talk to me about Star Wars, Animal Crossing, or Pokémon, I will probably assume we are best friends.

  •  I love animals, but am allergic to most of them. (Otters are my favorite.)

  • Basically a part-time architect/interior designer via The Sims.

  • Favorite snacks include dried mango, chai lattes, and sea-salt dark chocolate. (Bonus points if there’s caramel in it.)

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