Dawn has written a fabulous Historical Romance, Love’s Guardian. You can check my review of it here: SMP
Dawn: I often wonder what people want to know when they ask you to “tell us a bit about yourself.” Do they want to know what a typical day is like? Okay, I work 2 part-time jobs, 3 if you count writing. I have a house, husband and cats – so there goes the day. Do they want to know my interests? Right now: Music (harp and voice), acting, gardening, woodcarving, and writing. Ask me again in a couple of years and I’ll have added to the list. Do they want to know how I look at life? I’ve always thought children have it right. We should look at the world with a sense of discovery and never stop learning.
Callie: I agree, we could all release the ‘child’ in us more often. What do you think makes a good story?
Dawn: A story should take us on a journey, and at the end, we should be just a little bit better than when we started. Every story doesn’t have a “moral,” but if the story is well-written, you will see the characters change and discover parts of themselves that help them overcome obstacles. Of course, the best way to do this is to “leave out the boring parts.” Yes, ladies and gentlemen, pacing is important. I’ll bet there’s not one of you who has said, “This story started out very slow, but I’m sure by page 100 something will happen.” Way before then, the book will be collecting dust on your nightstand.
Callie: I have numerous books relegated to the ‘archives’ section of my Kindle for precisely that reason. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Dawn: It was a shock for me to discover that a story doesn’t always turn out the way you intend at the start. I won’t ruin it for those of you who have yet to read “Love’s Guardian,” but the way Alex reacts to Declan isn’t the way I’d intended. It was a test of wills, and it seems that “Alex” won
Callie: That’s funny, and so true. I remember my husband looking at me with caution when I told him I couldn’t do a certain thing in my book because ‘my character won’t let me.’ What author do you think your work is similar to?
Dawn: I’m hoping my stories reflect a bit of Jude Deveraux and Teresa Medeiros. Both these authors have a sense of “fun” in their writing, and they create banter between the hero and heroine that helps to make their stories entertaining. I love walking that line between fairy tale and reality. If a story is too “gritty,” I’m likely to put it down. After all, I read for entertainment. I can get “reality” by turning on the TV and watching the news.
Callie: Ah, Jude Deveraux and Teresa Medeiros. They occupy a lot of space on my bookshelves (before I got my Kindle). What are you working on now?
Dawn: I’m currently writing the third book in my Georgian series. (I’ve plotted four.) “Love’s Guardian” is the first in the series. For those of you who have read my first book, you’ll recognize Morgan as Declan’s charming, Irish friend, and the hero in “Morgan’s Folly.” Morgan thinks he understands people, and knows what’s best for them. Too bad he has trouble applying his considerable wit and wisdom to his own life. His easygoing manner vanishes when he meets Lily – a woman who has done the unforgivable.
Callie: Sounds great. I can’t wait to read those stories. Do you love or hate writing sex scenes?
Dawn: I look at sex scenes in the same way I do every scene. Is the sex scene moving the story forward, does it tell us something about the characters, will it move the hero and heroine to the next level in their relationship? Is the scene very specific to those two characters? It bothers me when I see sex scenes that could be utilized in any book. They need to be unique. No two people will make love in the same way. We have different things we consider erotic. We bring our “baggage” to the bedroom, as we do with all the other aspects of our lives. In some instances, if it’s a sweet or young adult romance, we don’t need to see beyond the bedroom door. But if they close that door, we’d better see a difference in their relationship when they come out the next morning. So, I guess I don’t have trouble writing the scenes, just don’t ask me to read them out loud.
Callie: Yes, it does take on a different flavor when we read it out loud.
For more information on Dawn, check out her website: Dawn Ireland Dawn will be giving away an e-copy of Love’s Guardian to one lucky commenter.
Here is a short blurb about Love’s Guardian: Declan Deveraux, the Earl of Worthington, is a man who knows one thing for certain – he will never marry for love. With that aim, he pursues only the most vain, and spoiled, women of the Ton. Fate has other plans for him, however, and he’s made guardian to Alex Kendrick, a female he likes – God forbid. Now Declan has to get her suitably married, before he succumbs to the temptation to make this fiery temptress his own.
Alex, a rapier-wielding countess in her own right, doesn’t welcome a guardian and crosses swords with him at every opportunity. In spite of their less than auspicious beginning, she soon discovers Declan’s quick wit and Black-Irish looks inspire an emotion she can’t ignore, love. Now the battle is for Declan’s heart, because Alex will accept nothing less.Thank you, Dawn, for sharing your book and a little bit about yourself with us. Love’s Guardian, can be found here: SMP or at Amazon.