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.
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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?