Did you always want to be a writer? Thanks for having me! Hmmm…I’ve wanted to be a writer for years, but didn’t actually decide to work on that goal until December of 2011. In my heart I always felt like I had a story or two (dozen) to tell. :)
What inspires you to write? My kids remind me that I’m doing my ‘dream’ and my daughter, who is nine, is my personal cheerleader. I couldn’t ask for more from them…they’ve been great over the last year.
Do you have a daily writing routine/schedule? Well…lol. I’m working on this. For some stories I do best by writing as it fits with my mood and the finicky Muse. But right now I’m writing the third book of my second series and I want to get it right – so yes, I’ve made up a writing schedule. 10k words a week, broken down into five working days a week, means that I need to write about 2k words a day. This is around my kids’ schedule with homeschooling and meals and play time. I fit my writing in wherever I can, which is usually late morning or early afternoon, and often times in the evenings after the kids go to bed.
You have a couple of different series out there, can you tell us a bit about them? My first series will forever be my baby. The story is told from a woman’s perspective after a rather nasty pandemic wipes out society – including her two children. The adventure follows her as she meets new people and attempts to fit herself into a new life – something hard for a mother to do after the death of her young children. The second series I wrote was an inspirational idea (for myself) about what happens after suicide if Heaven and Hell, the traditional after-life destinations, weren’t options. The young heroine ends up at a place called the Station and in a sense, rediscovers herself and her potential. The books are not about glorifying suicide, in fact, I wrote this story not long after one of my beloved Aunts committed suicide. I know, first-hand, what it is like to lose someone in this way, and I guess I wanted a place to imagine her in. The third book in this series will be out in June of this summer. I’m also planning a few more books in this series that will focus on some of the readers’ favorite characters and their backstories. The Station will never go away. :)
What is the current Book(s) you are promoting? Oh gosh, what am I NOT promoting?? LOL Just kidding…well, I did write a short story, just for the fun of it, called The Well Collector. It’s a dark thriller, a murder-type mystery with a fun twist in it. I love the story, and hope readers do too. Since the third Station book is also releasing soon, I’ve been putting that out there. The title is ‘Dying to Return’ and follows the main character, Piper Willow, as she embarks on a new journey in the after-life. There are some surprises for readers in this one. I can’t WAIT for it to hit eReaders all over the world.
Can you describe your main character(s) for us? I guess I’ll pick Piper for this one. She died young, caught between a teenager and a young woman. She has much to learn, but is also wise for her age. What I love about Piper is that she seems like a real girl – someone I could be friends with in real life. Though she is a pretty girl, she has never felt worthy of love or adoration – which makes her innocent in a lot of ways. She’s also very conflicted in the next book – constantly stuck at a crossroads, wondering which way is the right path for her to take. I hope that readers can relate to Piper as they would their younger sister, best friend, or daughter. If that happens, then I did my job as the writer. J
Quick Fire Questions & Favorites
Favorite Book? Just ONE?! Are you mad?! Okay, okay…The Stand, by Stephen King.
Favorite Author? Ha! Stephen King.
Favorite Food? Pizza (hangs head in shame).
Favorite Sport? I don’t play them. But I’ve grown rather fond of watching Rugby.
Favorite Quote? “Get away from her, you bitch!”
Favorite Car/Truck? Mustang.
Card Game or Board Game? Hate cards. With a passion. So…Carcassonne.
Beach or Mountains? OMG. I live in San Diego – in the middle of both. I can’t pick one.
Hot or Cold? Cold.
Book or Kindle? Book.
Shoes or Sandals? Sandals.
Walk or Ride? Ride.
Early Bird or Night Owl? Neither. I don’t know what I am – I’m best at about 1pm, lol.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us? Sure! It’s simple – if you read a book and love it, leave the Author an honest and spoiler-free review online. Those of us that are actively building a fan base really appreciate seeing when strangers enjoy our writing. Each new review is like Christmas. :)
Where can people find you? Where CAN’T you find me online? lol
Blog - http://writertrishmdawson.wordpress.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/Trish_Dawson
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/WriterTrishMarieDawson
Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/trishmdawson/
Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6434323.Trish_Marie_Dawson
Where can people buy your books? At this time, all of my books are available on Amazon as eBooks, and some are available on CreateSpace in print. I’m in the process of making the Station Series available in other avenues – so be on the lookout for that!
Amazon Author Page - www.amazon.com/author/writertrishmariedawson
Thank you so much for joining me today, for my first Talk Tuesday- already a day late. Ha! :)
Thank you so much for having me today! - Trish