Welcome back, Dawn. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I’ve read a lot of Christian fiction, and one day it dawned on me: the market is glutted with Amish, historical, sweet romance, and romantic suspense genres. Not that I didn’t enjoy them. It’s just that there is a certain type of story the traditional Christfic market seemed to lack: stories about the type of people I encounter every day in my home city (
Portland). Stories dealing with issues unique
to the 21st century— stuff that was unthinkable twenty, thirty years ago. Like
same-sex marriage, social breakdown, new-age philosophies. Stories with those
elements—edgy fiction— seem to be a rarity in the Christian market. So I made
it my aim to write those “missing” stories. Thus, Hot Topic Fiction was born.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
When my oldest son was born 28 years ago. I fell so madly in love, and still haven’t recovered J
How has being published changed your life?
It actually hasn’t changed my life as much as I thought. Maybe if I were better known, and sold more books, it might.
What are you reading right now?
Among others, I’m reading June Foster’s book about a young Christian man battling homosexual temptation – Ryan’s Father. I chose it because, as mentioned above, very little Christian fiction covers this topic, and I was curious to see how she handled it. I’m about one-quarter through it.
What is your current work in progress?
Paint the Valley – sequel to Paint the Storm. This one covers a school shooting – another all-too-frequent occurrence this century. Not to give away too much, but Meg’s son gets caught in the middle of a shooting spree in his college class and is seriously injured. Turmoil ensues, and … well, you’ll just have to stay tuned!
What would be your dream vacation?
A tour of
I have a soft spot for the Irish culture and history.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
I choose a place that’s familiar enough to write about. My first book and trilogy is set in
my second book and series is set in the San Francisco Bay Area (Golden State
Trilogy). I spent a few years in both places. My third series is going to take
place right here in Portland,
and I’m going to call it Rose City Trilogy.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
My oldest son, because I rarely see him. J
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Hiking! I also am involved in various community activities involving singing and dancing. Those were my two passions before I started writing. I still enjoy singing and dancing, but writing has definitely captured my heart.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
My full-time job really interferes with my writing and other author-related activities like marketing and blogging. To overcome it, I try to get as much done on weekends and evenings as I can, but many times I’m too drained. I also take as many vacation days as I can. Alas, I’m not in a position to retire yet, although that’s my wish and my prayer.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Develop a thick skin. Get objective feedback from other authors – join critique groups, find beta-readers. Enter contests – the feedback is invaluable. I entered contests almost as soon as I started writing seriously three years ago, and I tell you, that feedback went a long way toward assuring me I had the talent to keep going. In my first contest, they were like, You have the gift, now develop the craft.
Tell us about the featured book.
A conservative Christian mother wearies of her constant clashes with her defiantly gay daughter. When she is challenged by her prayer group to love Linzee as Christ would, she struggles to put it into practice. Then Linzee goes missing, and Meg finds herself uniting with the unlikeliest of allies as she searches for her daughter.
You can read the full blurb on the Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Paint-Storm-Christian-Contemporary-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B01M0SQY8H/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Please give us the first page of the book.
Meg swept ruby red acrylic across the canvas, forming a span over gray-blue water. Streaks of raspberry pink infused the
with a romantic glow. More paint splattered onto her smock, which always looked
like it had just emerged from Paintball Central. Barry might laugh at her
smock, but he’d love the finished product on her easel. Golden Gate Bridge
Her phone chimed just as she added a dab of silver-gray to the fog rolling over the Bay.
Linzee’s picture graced the screen.
Instead of dull brown rock, vibrant kelly green formed the lookout spot at Point Bonita, complete with blinding white lighthouse.
“What time is Uncle Brad’s Fourth of July shindig?” Linzee said.
“Noonish.” More ruby red stretched to the sky. Those famous towers, supporting the weight of the structure on their graceful shoulders. Not everyone could paint and talk on the phone at the same time. But, like most moms, she could multi-task with the best of them.
“Good,” said Linzee. “I’m going to bring Nena.”
Meg paused, her red-tipped brush suspended above the canvas.
“You and the family will finally get to meet my significant other.”
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This book and genre sounds very interesting! I love to win :)
Colletta from PA
Bravo to the author for bringing hot topics to light. Christians live in the world, and fiction helps us to anticipate how we might handle such situations.
Dianna in TN
Thank you, Dianna and Colletta! It was an emotional book to write, and I pray God uses it to bless and encourage.
An amazing cover & a great first page.
Looks interesting! Please enter me.
Also thought it was cool that we both love similar things. I love to sing, i haven't had lessons, but sing solos for church, as well as singing in the choir, and on the worship team. And of course I'm constantly singing at home, and even sang a solo to my husband at our wedding in August. :) I also love to dance,I used to try to mimic all kinds of dances and then finally actually got to take some dance lessons, within the last few years. And then there's the hiking...ever since i was a very young girl, I've loved hiking. I lived in the country, surrounded by a lot of woods, and I'd be out there all the time, exploring. :) I love nature! Looking forward to reading your books...oh btw, I've also always wanted to be an author too. I love to write. :) God bless.
Abigail in Clarksville VA
Oh I wish you were closer...would love to meet a fellow dancer/singer/hiker!
Thank you, Mary!
Sounds like a good read. North Platte nebraska.
Lovely cover and the story sounds very good! Thanks for sharing.
Connie from KY
Dawn is a new author to me and Paint The Storm sounds awesome. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of her book.
Brenda in VA
Love the cover of your book! I would buy this book based on the cover alone.
Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
Great cover and interview. Dawn's new to me, so I enjoyed this interview. Thank you!
Thanks Annie! I published my first novel in January, so most readers haven't yet heard of me. Best of luck in the drawing!
Janet, you must either work at or frequent libraries! Some of my earliest memories are in libraries, grabbing piles of children's books to take home with me!
Thanks for entering the drawing!
Would love to win this book. Thank you for the chance.
Thank you, Lucy and Sharon! Best of luck to you.
I love a book that tackle tough topics.
Thank you for the chance to win.
The province of Quebec, Canada
Thank you, Melody. I love your name, since I love to sing��
Enjoyed the blogpost and appreciate a chance to win this great sounding book!
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