Welcome back, K Dawn. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
Actually, I write a little bit of everything. I'm published in many genres and lucky enough to have a publisher who allows me to write what I want. Generally, I write whatever I'm in the mood to write. I've noticed that after writing something dark, like suspense, I find it refreshing to start something light like a young adult novel.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
The happiest day of my life was when I married my husband. We've been married 17 years and he's my best friend.
How has being published changed your life?
Being published hasn't really changed my life that much other than the fact that I'm a lot busier with marketing.
What are you reading right now?
I'm taking a break from reading right now in order to finish up my December release.
What is your current work in progress?
My current WIP is the third book in the Identity Series, as my publisher calls it. We didn't plan on it being a series, but several fans of Mistaken Identity asked for more. The third installment, which will be out in December, is called Double Identity and is about identical twins who don't know the other exists until a parent's illness brings them together. One teen is a Christian, the other a wild party girl.
fly when the wild party girl falls for the Christian's boyfriend.
What would be your dream vacation?
I'm not much of a traveler. I usually vacation at
, two times a year and love it so much that
I'd like to retire there. Myrtle Beach, South
How do you choose your settings for each book?
I normally start with characters and then the setting falls into place as I write.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Lisa Jackson because I'd love to get some tips on writing suspense.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I used to ride a Harley, but gave it up to have more time to write. I recently bought a sewing machine and am learning to sew. It's great fun.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
My most difficult writing obstacle is finding time to write. I overcome this by sticking to a schedule.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Write something every day.
Tell us about the featured book.
Here's the cover blurb:
Eden Morgan makes a list of six goals to accomplish in order to have the best summer ever. Getting a boyfriend, which is perhaps the most important goal, becomes complicated when she and her best friend, Lexi, fall for the same guy. Since Lexi is popular, gorgeous, and always gets her guy,
thinks she doesn't have a chance.
Channing Johnson is everything
ever dreamed of and she can't believe he just moved in next door. When he
starts showing interest in her, she's overjoyed...until she sees him out on a
date with Lexi. He says Lexi talked him into it to repay her for tutoring him.
Lexi says they're in love.
know who to believe and is forced to choose between her best friend and the guy
of her dreams. Nothing is as it seems and no matter who she chooses, someone
will get hurt.
Channing Johnson is everything
Please give us the first page of the book.
I didn't want to fail. I couldn't. This was just too important. The success of my entire sophomore year depended on that little scrap of paper. I pinned it to the bulletin board in my bedroom and took a step back. The black letters stood out prominently against a pink background: Goals for the Summer. If I completed all six of them, it would be the best summer. Ever.
1. Donate hair to Locks of Love.
2. Get rid of braces and glasses.
3. Get driver's license.
4. Talk Mom and Dad into buying me a car.
5. Get a boyfriend (maybe the most important).
6. Follow God more closely.
Maybe I should start with the easiest. Donate hair to Locks of Love. I pulled my mousey-brown hair back into a ponytail and inspected it. Scissors hadn't touched it since third grade. Mom still liked to tell the story about the fit I'd thrown at the beauty shop. Something about having to hold me down in the chair. Sheesh. Why would parents put a third grader through such trauma? Might very well have scarred me for life.
I glanced at the magazine on my dresser. It said layers were best for a heart-shaped face. It would be a big change, but I could swing it, especially if it accomplished goal number five, Get a boyfriend.
Yes, it was time for a change. If I made all six goals before the end of summer, I'd feel better, look better, and have landed the boyfriend of my dreams. At least that's what I hoped. And prayed.
A horn blared outside, and I ran to my bedroom window, peering out through the blinds. Lexi's red BMW waited in the driveway below, stereo blaring and top down. The horn sounded again, and I jumped. Stephie would be begging to go with us if Lexi woke her from her nap.
Raising the window, I yelled, "Be right down."
I snatched my beach bag off the bed and shoved my cell phone in my pocket. Rushing down a hallway custom decorated with my mom's artwork, I fought the urge to slide down the banister to the floor below like a kid. That was much too juvenile for an almost-sixteen-year-old.
Taking the steps two at a time, I landed downstairs in the foyer where Stephie waited with a sour expression on her face. "Where are you and Lexi going?"
How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website is currently under construction.
Thank you for another interesting interview.
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