We have a repeat visit with K Dawn Byrd today, so she is answering some of her own questions. And please come back tomorrow to read more about her very interesting book. She is giving away a download of the book Something Beautiful to one reader who leaves a comment with contact info on today’s post or tomorrow’s. Drawing to be on Feb. 1st. Be sure to leave contact info.
Welcome back, K Dawn! What would you like readers to take away from your book?
God is with us and we need to learn to trust our hearts.
Why did you choose to write this book?
I thought it would be fun to explore what it would be like to have a guy and gal fall in love who are from very different backgrounds. She’s a wealthy young woman who has always had everything she’s ever wanted. He’s a Hispanic bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Her friends and family don’t approve, which adds tension to the story.
What did you learn while writing this book?
I learned that I really do love writing romance, especially romance that contains suspense passages.
What is the toughest test you’ve faced as a writer
Finding time to write. I work a full-time job and also a lot of weekends, which means that I have to be really devoted to my writing time. I set aside at least an hour every night, six days a week if possible. The fact that I start with a well-developed plot makes things move faster.
What kind of planning do you do before writing a novel?
I fill out character sketches in order to get to know my characters better. I ask myself what their goals are, what motivates them, and what’s keeping them from reaching their goals. Sometimes, I start by writing a synopsis. This gives me information about the plot as it develops. I usually have a pretty strong plot before I actually begin the story.
What are your favorite writing conferences and why?
The ACFW conference is my favorite because I absolutely love the worship. It blesses my heart. It’s also really nice to chat with like-minded people.
Why do you write?
I write because I can’t stop. It’s more than a hobby, it’s a passion. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had in my life! I like to say that I write for the simple joy of placing words on the page and it’s true!
What’s next for you?
I have three releases in 2012, all young adult. Something Beautiful in January. The Hot Line Girl in June. Luck of the Draw in November.
Tell us a little more about yourself , with three things not many people know
a) I have a masters degree in professional counseling from Liberty University.
b) I’m an animal lover. I have two hairless Chinese Crested dogs, an African Gray parrot, three ferrets, and several aquariums in my home, and somehow recently my niece ended up with a tiny fancy mouse who has found a home at my house.
c) I love sour foods. I’d rather have olives, pickles, or dilly beans than something sweet sometimes.
Tell us about your latest release and what you think readers will enjoy about it.
My latest release Something Beautiful, which is how I would describe the romance between my hero and heroine. Readers who enjoy Christian romance should enjoy this book.