Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Blessings Abound and Dreams Come True - Dawn Crandall

Dawn Crandall writes long inspirational historical romantic suspense from first person point of view. She has a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University and lives in northeast Indiana with her ever-supportive husband, her three cats [Lilly, Pumpkin and Clover] and their newest addition, a little baby boy.

Dawn, it’s great to have you at Novel PASTimes today. Could you share with us some of the surprises you’ve encountered along the road to publishing? I understand you have quite a testimony, including surprises in other areas of your life!

After wanting to write for a very long time, I didn’t start writing The Hesitant Heiress (my first endeavor) until 2010—and probably the most surprising thing was having two agents to choose between within a week of sending off my first partial proposals after attending my first ACFW conference in 2011! I'd given up ever getting pregnant by the time I'd begun writing, which is what helped me to pour my everything into my books. Unfortunately, after too long, it got to the point that my books were the only things that mattered to me anymore, which wasn't too healthy. Just when I thought I knew what I wanted most (being published), God surprised me again by proving me wrong and allowing me to finally get pregnant last summer. So basically, I'll have had my son, and all three of my books published within a year, which is God just piling on the blessings.... and also challenging me to persevere in His strength at the same time!!


What an wonderful testimony! Congratulations on the birth of your son and on your three-book contract for the “Everstone Chronicles” with Whitaker House! Please tell us something about your debut novel, The Hesitant Heiress.

I wanted to write a novel reminiscent of old classical romantic suspense novels like Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier—but I also wanted to tie in a very relevant spiritual thread. The heroine of The Hesitant Heiress, Amaryllis Brigham, thinks she knows what she wants, as well as how she will achieve it. But as circumstances beyond her control keep her from her goals, she finds that accomplishing her dreams of founding a music academy in Seattle are only secondary to finding the peace she desperately needs pertaining to the events leading to her mother's death eleven years before.

The Hesitant Heiress is set in New England during the Gilded Age. What drew you to write about this time period and the location of your story?

Honestly, I've been in love with history for as long as I can remember. When I decided to choose The Gilded Age, it had a lot to do the dresses of the time period, the neighborhood of Back Bay in Boston, and the way the elitists of the time would flock to the coastal towns of New England for the summers.

 Have you found similar themes throughout your writing? Why? Or why not?

I've only written the three books of this series so far, and although they are connected, they all three have their very own specific themes. All three of my heroines are very, very different from each other, and each needs God to reach into their lives in such varying ways in order to accomplish His goals for their futures.

If you’re anything like I am, one favorite book is hard to pick! Do you have two or three top picks among the historical genre that you would care to recommend?

A Bound Heart, to be released in
November, 2014.
My absolute always-go-to favorites are all classics like the ones I mentioned above, but I'll choose some of my favorites from the Christian market, since that's now my market.

1. A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund

2. Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin

3. Burning Sky by Lori Benton

What do you consider the best resources for historical research?

More tomorrow from author, Dawn Crandall. Please leave a comment by answering the question Dawn is asking below for a chance to win an e-book copy of her debut novel, The Hesitant Heiress. Don't forget to include your email address in the form of name[at]domain[dot]com before 8:30 a.m. ET this Friday morning to qualify for the drawing.

QUESTION: Part of the setting for The Hesitant Heiress is along the rocky coast of Maine on Mount Desert Island—which is where Acadia National Park is located. Have you ever been to Acadia National Park?—and which National Park is your favorite?   


KayM said...

One of the few things left on my bucket list is to travel to Maine. So, no, I haven't been to Acadia National Park, but I would love to go there. Currently, my favorite national park is the Great Smokey Mountains. It is very beautiful. You are so blessed to have your new son and the 3-book contract! Congratulations! I am looking forward to reading The Hesitant Heiress. Thank you for offering an opportunity to win a copy.

Dawn Crandall said...

The Smoky Mountains are a favorite of mine too! I think it's the closest one to where I live in Indiana. I've only been hiking there once, but my husband and I went to Charlie's Bunion along the Appalachian Trail just a few miles east of Newfound Gap. Being there in the morning as all the fog was swept away by the sunshine is one of my favorite memories ever. :)

Britney Adams said...
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Britney Adams said...

What wonderful blessings, indeed! Congratulations, Dawn! I have not visited Maine, but hope to do so one day. Yellowstone is one of my favorite National Parks. Such beautiful scenery and wildlife!

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R Merr said...

Yes, I've been to Acadia National Park many times. I have a lot of great memories there. Since it is the only National Park where I have spent considerable time and have such great memories..it is my favorite! :) ewe_r_merritt(at)yahoo(dot)com

Heidi Robbins said...

What a sweet picture of your little boy! I love his chubby cheeks :) Thanks for recommending Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin- I just added it to my goodreads to-read list!

I've been to Maine once as a child but I'm not sure if we visited the National Park there. My husband is a teacher so when he has the summers off we love to go on long road trips and see how many national parks we can find along the way. Some of my favorites are Zion, Redwoods, Grand Tetons, and Black Canon of the Gunnison. We're planning to visit the east coast next year so hopefully we can make it up to Acadia!

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Deanna Stevens said...
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Deanna Stevens said...

No, I haven't been to either of those parks, I've been to the Rocky Mountains which are also truly beautiful. Loved your interview & congratulations on the new addition to the family :)

Deanna Stevens said...

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Bonnie Roof said...

I have never been to Acadia although Maine is one of the few states in the U.S. I've never toured, yet have always wanted to as I hear it's beautiful!! My favorite national parks would be the ones I saw while touring Hawaii and Alaska. However, I love all national parks I've seen and lived in the Smoky Mountain area for 11 years.

Congrats on your baby, Dawn - he's beautiful!! Looking forward to reading your other baby!!


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karenk said...

I've never been to any National Park...thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel :)

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Dawn Crandall said...

Hi Britney!! Thanknyou! I've never been to Yellowstone, but I sure do plan on it someday!!

Dawn Crandall said...

I'm glad you took my recommendation! I hope you like it! I haven't even heard of some of those National Parks you listed, though I've been to some of them. And yes, those cheeks!! He is quite a chunky little guy!! We actually took him to Maine with us this summer when he was only 3 months old--but he did great! He's such a good baby!! :)

Dawn Crandall said...

You are so lucky to live so near such a beautifully majestic place!! :D

Dawn Crandall said...

Thank you, Deanna! I've been to the Rocky Mountains as a kid, and you're right! They're amazingly beautiful! :)

Dawn Crandall said...

Thank you, Bonnie! Wow, yeah, Alaska and Hawaii are definitely places I look forward to exploring someday! ;)

Dawn Crandall said...

Thanks for stopping by, Karen! I hope you like THH when you get a chance to read it! :)

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