Dear Readers, we are hosting a debut novella author today. Be sure and make her feel welcome.
Welcome, Dawn. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I think all my characters have a little of me, but sometimes they emulate other loved ones in my life. Howard, the main character in my Kindle story, When Lyric Met Limerick (only $.99 on Amazon!) has traits in common with my sons but is still his own unique person.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
While completing my master’s degree, my team and I did a financial presentation while role-playing as Disney characters. It was a big hit, and we got an A+!
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I was an early reader, and even at 5 years old, I wondered if I could ever write a story as good as the ones I read on my own.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I love books with surprise endings, the kind of ending you don’t expect, which can span any genre, but particularly dominates the thriller/suspense genre. My favorite genre is psychological thrillers which actually teach me something about life or myself.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Simplify, simplify, simplify. I know my limits and will rarely take on something that I know will add stress to my life. And now that my nest is empty, that’s much easier!
How do you choose your characters’ names?
Sometimes, the character has to have a certain name in order to fit the plot. Other times, I’ll randomly search names in books and keep looking until I find one that fits.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
This is actually a tie among 3 things: acquiring my master’s degree in 2011 (inured me to hard-core writing), choreographing a church musical for people who’d never danced in their life, and it turned out surprisingly well; finishing my first two complete novels in as many years.
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I’ve been asked this question before, and I have to be honest: I would not want to be an animal. I wouldn’t have experienced all the joys of life that I have.
Good answer. What is your favorite food?
Do beverages count? It would have to be my morning frappuccino. J
What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
I started out with all the rookie mistakes you can think of: stilted dialog, filler scenes, telling/not showing, lots of adverbs, and purple prose. I’m still overcoming these quirks, but I’ve learned to recognize them from contest judges’ feedback, critique groups, and writers’ conferences.
Tell us about the featured book.
It’s a quick read … just 37 pages. Originally the opening to my upcoming release, Sapphire Secrets, it tells of a fortuitous meeting that launches a series of events culminating in … oh wait, I don’t want to spoil the ending for you. Just stay tuned for my debut novel launching this month!
Please give us the first page of the book.
From the moment Howard McCreary spotted the Stevie Nicks lookalike, song lyrics materialized in his head.
She’s a white cobra lady—
She sat across the vast marketplace, frowning at something in front of her.
Slitherin’ in my brain—
He tried to resist her draw, but an unseen force drove him on. He was going over there to see what she found so all-fired compelling.
He gestured to his friend, Nils Nelsson, who squinted in her direction.
Hissing to me softly—
“Where you going now?” Nils protested. “I think we ought to get out of here before that dude catches up to you.”
Drivin’ me insane—
Howard glanced behind him as they meandered among chattering browsers at
Pike’s Place Market, past booths filled with rainbows of jewelry, colorful
heaps of handmade clothing, walls of handcrafted knickknacks. A bushy-bearded
guy in suspenders tooted his flute next to a man hawking rugs.
No sign of the shopkeeper whose one remaining Jimi Hendrix tee was tucked securely under Howard’s jacket. His feet pivoted toward his prey. Nils followed with agitated steps. Beyond the westward windows, the sun hid behind a blanket of industrial gray clouds. The pristine
Mountains sliced through the horizon like sails.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
or, to download my e-book, go to:http://www.amazon.com/When-Lyric-Limerick-Dawn-Cahill-ebook/dp/B015DJU5AW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1442461464&sr=8-1&keywords=when+lyric+met+limerick
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