Tuesday, October 27, 2009

And here's... April Dawn

1).  Tell us your latest news?

Crushing Desire, my first historical novel is being released through Breathless Press. Expected release date Dec/2009. Bound by Love should be released soon after that.

2).  When and why did you begin writing?

Well, I’ve had stories in my head as long as I can remember, but I started writing romance when I was about fifteen. It was hard to get romance novels at that age because I had to sneak them from my sister, who snuck them from who knows where. When my supply ran low, I would make up my own stories on my computer.  It was a sort of placation for my romance novel starved mind I guess.

3).  What books have most influenced your life?

Well, I love Stephen King’s On Writing. He is very funny, and that was probably the only book on writing I have ever been eager and actually able to finish. I also love Little Women. That book inspired my love of historical romance as much as the novels I read as a girl.

4).  What are your current projects?

I am currently working on a number of novels. I have a pirate novel which is complete, and I’m looking for an agent to represent it. Also, I have a pair of novels about two sisters whose lives split in very different directions which I am close to completing.

5).  Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Editing… I have learned a lot about editing, and while I am grateful for any opportunity to learn and improve my writing, I have a terrible time with the length of the repetitive editing process. You edit it for yourself, then you alter it with your critique partners and personal readers, then you revise it for your editors. It is a lengthy, though extremely important, process.

6). Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

While I love many of the romance writers available today, I have to return to Stephen King. He has shown a great handle on flow, humor, and plot. Three things which are essential to a story.

7).  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Well, I’ve always written. I get rather morose if I go too long without writing. The stories and characters are a part of me. I have had two novels completed for nearly five years now, both of which had been read only by one or two friends that asked to read them. I decided to share my writing about five months ago. I polished my manuscripts, and sent them off to publishers. Now that my first two novels are being published, I hope that you will all enjoy sharing the characters’ lives as much as I enjoyed it.

8).  How long does it take you to write a book?

I wrote Crushing Desire for National Novel Writing Month, but there are novels that I have had on the back burner for years now. It depends on how much I work on the particular story.

9).  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I spend a lot of time working when I am inspired, and a lot of time on twitter when I am not inspired. I always have to make time for my son, who is one year old, and of course, my hubby gets some alone time after my son goes off to bed.
10).  Do you have any strange handwriting habits, like capitalizing all your “r”s or dotting your “I”s with heart (or anything like that)?
I can write just as well with my left as I can with my right because I’m ambidextrous. Of course, I have terrible handwriting so that isn’t saying much.

11).  What do you want to know about the future?
Which will finally win: Pepsi, or Coke? I’m telling you, it keeps me up at night.

12).  Are you a morning person or a night person?
I’m a morning person. Most of my best work is done in the quiet before my husband and son are up for the day and asking for breakfast and a diaper change consecutively.
13) Do you like thunderstorms?
I like them as long as I’m not in them. The lightening, from a distance, can be truly beautiful as it shoots across the sky.

14).  What is the best way for readers to contact you?  Email, myspace, twitter, etc?
Well, there are a number of ways that readers can get me. I have an email address aprildawnbooks@ymail.com Join my website for exclusives, and email blasts. http://aprildawnbooks.com You can also join me on twitter, myspace, or facebook by searching for aprildawnbooks. I have a number of other profiles on sites like goodreads.com, an excellent site for readers and authors alike.
 Here's a Link to April's trailer Here is the link for the trailer for Crushing Desire. Thanks - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHwRZPCUgP0

15).  Anything you would like to add?
2459 + 3345 = 5804
Thanks, I’ve been dying to do that.

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