Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dawn Crandall - Blessings Abound and Dreams Come True - Day Two

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.

Welcome back today, Dawn. What do you consider the best resources for historical research?

I've done most of my research using Google and reading books. 

What or who inspired you to write inspirational fiction? How does that keep you plodding ahead with your writing each day?

When I really got serious about writing a book I knew it would definitely be a Christian book. There was no doubt. Writing for the inspirational market is such an honor, because I know that God has me here for a reason. He's made this dream come true so (relatively) quickly that some days I'm still trying to convince myself that this is really happening!

What helps you maintain productivity as a writer? And what do you find most challenging about the business of being an author?

When I'm in the middle of writing a novel, I make sure I pre-write, write and edit at least one chapter a week. Sometimes it's a block of two or three chapters which will end up taking two to three weeks to get through. I have ADD, and I usually have to have one 8-10 hour block of time to actually write one 4,000 word chapter. Another challenging part for me is diving into social media with just the right amount of "presence" in the marketing phase. However, on top of all of those challenges is my biggest challenge EVER… the fact that I just had my first baby in March! I used to have all the time in the world to do whatever I wanted! And now I seem to have none.  

Do you feel you are more of a character driven or plot driven writer? How do you think it comes across in your writing?

Oh, I am definitely a character driven writer, and I think it comes through quite obviously. Part of the reason is that it's written in first person POV.

Would you like to share about what you are working on now?

I have lots of series and book ideas to go with, and I even have an idea for a fourth book that goes along with The Everstone Chronicles. I could actually keep writing about different characters in this series forever. :) I do also have a Contemporary Romance started, which I began writing just to see what it was like. It was fun, and much easier than writing historicals, but I don't think I'll ever switch over permanently. I love history too much. Maybe it'll be published someday under my maiden name so I don't go and confuse my readers. :)
The Captive Imposter, to be released
in February, 2015.

 Do you have any last words of wisdom to share with aspiring authors?

Write what you love to read, no matter how it has to come out. Don't dwell for too long on all of the "rules". Personally, I like to read—and usually, end up enjoying immensely—the books that come out of nowhere and take me on a journey so opposite of "what's done" and what is supposed to work to get a book contract. Write an amazing book. Readers want books that make them forget there are rules.

Thank you, Dawn, for joining us at Novel PASTimes. It has been a privilege 
to interview you.

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? 


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 is my favorite! :) I live your comment about writing what you love to read! I think books are more passionate when an author does...and it shows in your novel! ewe_r_merritt(at)yahoo(dot)com

Heidi Robbins said...

I love character-driven novels! They are my favorites because I'm much more likely to connect emotionally to the characters and the story.

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Lindsey said...

Your books look wonderful! I have not been to Acadia. If I do visit the park it is usually a small local one. lindseypa89(at)yahoo(dot)com

Britney Adams said...

I enjoyed Dawn's interview and look forward to reading The Hesitant Heiress! I know Acadia National Park is beautiful and I would love to visit one day. Along with Yellowstone, I love the beauty of the Rocky Mountains as well!

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Sylvia said...

Yes, I went to Acadia National Park in 1992 when I was ten or eleven years old. I don't remember it very well, but do have some photographs of it.

There are so many national parks and I haven't been to near all of them. I guess I would have to say King's Mountain or Grand Canyon.


Lolli said...

Hi! thank you for the giveaway :)
I've never visited Acadia National Park. My favorite national park is Banff here in Canada. I've been twice and hope to visit again as there is so much to see.

Bonnie Roof said...

I have never been to Acadia but have always wanted to tour Maine - have heard it's beautiful!! I love all the National Parks I've seen, but my faves were in Hawaii!!


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Granny's Attic said...

I've never been to Acadia. I'm sure I have been to a couple of national parks, but I am not sure which, especially if they are in my home state. I usually go to state parks or local/county park districts.

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karenk said...

Ive never visited Arcadia...thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel

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Dawn Crandall said...

Thank you, Rachael!! I really appreciate that!! I REALLY LOVED WRITING THIS BOOK!! I'm so glad you thought my passion for a complexly emotional love story came through!! :)

Dawn Crandall said...

Me too, Heidi!! I love being a character for the length of a novel!!

Dawn Crandall said...

The smaller state parks are sometimes just as wonderful! I visit the ones in Indiana a lot!! :) thanks for stooping by, Lindsey!

Dawn Crandall said...

Thanks, Britney! Yellowstone and the Rocky Mountains are definitely beautiful parks! So many of them are! :)

Dawn Crandall said...

Hi Sylvia! I've never heard of King's Mountain! I'll have to look it up! I've been to The Grand Canyon, but I was a kid and didn't have the chance to go in. I think that would be AMAZING. :)

Dawn Crandall said...

Well, you've plenty of beautiful scenery in Canada, Lolli! I've always heard that the Rocky Mountains in Canada are even more astounding than the ones in the US! Thanks for stopping by and entering the contest! :)

Dawn Crandall said...

I agree, I think all of the National Parks are beautiful in their own ways! So many different ways! No one mentions Mesa Verda, but I've been twice--it's the cave dwellings in New Mexico. I love exploring through those ancient ruins! :)

Dawn Crandall said...

I love my state parks!! Even boring Indiana has some pretty great ones! :) Thanks for stooping and entering the contest! :D

Dawn Crandall said...

Thank you for stopping by to read my interview and learn about the book, Karen!! :)

Deanna Stevens said...

Have not been to these parks but would love to visit. Have been to Yellowstone & enjoyed the beautiful scenery..

Merry said...

Acadia is a future trip, I hope. My favorite park is Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, so awesome!
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