Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Interview with K. Dawn Byrd

Fellow DBP author K. Dawn Byrd and I are interviewing each other on our blogs. To read my interview, head on over to K. Dawn Byrd's blog. Register and you'll be entered to win a copy of Knight of Glory!

And now, for my interview of K. Dawn Bryd:

I love hosting my fellow authors at DBP so it's great to have you hear. First, why don't you introduce yourself to my blog readers?

I'm an inspirational romantic suspense author with two books coming out with Desert Breeze Publishing this year.When not reading or writing, I enjoy spending time with my husband of 14 years, walking our dogs beside a gorgeous lake near our home, and plotting the next story waiting to be told.

A gorgeous lake? I'm so jealous! When did you start writing? And why?

I started writing two years ago because I enjoyed reading so much and I love a challenge. At the time, I worked as a counselor in a regional jail. I thought that one day I might write a book set in a jail and began to take notes of the sights, sounds, smells, etc. Before I knew what had happened, characters were rolling around in my head, begging me to tell their story.

Wow, that's wonderful. What inspires your writing? In particular your current book, Queen of Hearts?

My April 1 release, Queen of Hearts, was inspired by NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month.) I wanted to take the NaNoWriMo challenge to write a novel in 30 days, but wanted to write something that I could sell. I e-mailed Gail Delaney at Desert Breeze Publishing to ask if she had a need for a historical (I had just signed a contract with her for Killing Time, which will be out in August.) She held an April release date for me. Lucky for me, she liked it.

I love Nano! Written 50K worth of stories several times as a result of the frantic pace of Nano in November. Queen of Hearts is a lovely title. How did you come up with it?

I'm horrible at naming books. My husband and I were walking our dogs once night and discussing my work in progress. He came up with the name.

Sometimes, titles come easy, other times not so much, so I know all about asking others for help. :) Most authors are also readers. What book(s) are you currently reading?

Michelle Sutton's It's Not About Him and Bill Loehfelm's Fresh Kills.

Do you have any advice for writers?

Don't ever give up and write something every day. According to my NaNoWriMo goals, if you write 1,667 words per day, you'll have a 50,000 word novel at the end of the month.

I've discovered that I can keep up that pace in November but not the rest of the year. It's just a little too stressful for me but I do try to write even a little bit every day. Now it's time for some fun questions. First, how would you describe yourself in three words?

Shy, loyal, compassionate

I'm rather shy myself. In you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

To heal the sick

What a wonderful choice! If you could be a paranormal creature, which would you be and why?

I'm sorry, but I can't answer this...I don't read paranormal. I don't think I've ever read one.

Thank you so much for letting me interview you, I had such a fun time with it. To check out Queen of Hearts, click here.


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Aubrie said...

Great interview. I love the book cover. And I thought it was neat that your husband came up with the title. My husband came up with one of my titles as well. :)

Bethany Wiggins said...

Your blog is so beautiful! If I had an award for the most visually stunning blog, it would be yours. As it is, I left you a different award on my blog!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Thank you, Bethany! My first blog award! :)