K. Dawn is a multi-pubbed author, a primo influencer for Christian authors through her blog, kdawnbyrd, and one of the queen bees on Twitter. And I feel like a queen bee for landing an interview with her here and help her promote her new YA Romance, Mistaken Identity!
You’ve written three books, Killing Time, Queen of Hearts and now Mistaken Identity. Of all the characters you’ve created in these books, which is your favorite and why?
Daphne Dean, my WWII heroine in Queen of Hearts, is my favorite. She’s a nice Christian woman who is doing her best to hold out until the men come home from the war. She refuses to purchase anything from the black market even though she practically drools every time she sees a woman wearing nylons. And, when she serves her country as a spy, it doesn’t take her long to figure out that she stinks at it. She’s my favorite because I love the WWII era and because she’s not perfect.
How do you come up with your characters?
I have a couple of character interview sheets saved on my computer. When I have a loose idea for a plot, I fill out the interview sheets to flesh out my characters.
Where do you get ideas for stories?
Everywhere. Magazines. Newspapers. Television. Even dreams.
Tell us about your latest book, Mistaken Identity.
Mistaken Identity is my first young-adult romance. Here’s the cover blurb:
Eden Morgan longs for a boyfriend of her own, an impossible goal when her best friend,
Lexi Branson, gets all the attention and all the guys. When they fall in love with the same guy, Eden believes she doesn’t have a chance. She can only hope that sometimes the good girl gets the guy.
My favorite scene is when my heroine discovers that she and her best friend are in love with the same guy. She knows him as Channing and her best friend knows him as C.J. They have no idea that they have a crush on the same guy.
How fun! Love that!!!
What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of, writing-related or not?
I’m very proud of my relationship with my stepdaughter. I realize that many stepmothers and stepchildren do not have good relationships, and I’m so glad that God allowed me to share my life with her father, who I love dearly, and her. I am truly blessed.
Tell me about your writing environment. Where do you write? What do you have within reach? Do you play music?
I write with my netbook, which allows me to write on the go. I move from room to room in the house and sometimes write on my lunch break in restaurants. Unfortunately, I must have total peace and quiet when I write, which really can decrease word count and creativity.
If you could have dinner with three authors to talk with about their writing (living or deceased) who would you invite and why?
Mildred Wirt Benson because she wrote the first of the Nancy Drew series and I grew up loving them. Lucy Herndon Crockett because she was a fascinating woman. Lisa Jackson because I absolutely love her work.
How do you reach new readers?
I blog like a mad woman before each release. It’s nice that so many ACFW authors have offered to host me.
How can readers get in contact with you?