Saturday, 10 November 2012

Interview with Devyn Dawson PLUS Giveaway

Today we're chatting with author Devyn Dawson about her new book, ENLIGHTENED.

Devyn is a full time writer, wife and pet owner. Her first office job was working for a publisher and data entry of manuscripts. She literally typed them and saved them on real 'floppy discs'. When she was in high school back in the 80's, she would read Stephen King one day and Sweet Valley High the next day. She said one day she'd find a way to merge the two books. Currently Devyn and her husband of 19 years live in New Bern, North Carolina. Devyn is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and still refers to it as home.

Welcome, Devyn! How long have you been writing?  

Honestly, I’ve always written.  I started writing professionally two years ago.

I love the cover of ENLIGHTENED. What’s the story about?

Enlightened is the second book in The Light Tamer Trilogy.  The two main characters are Jessie and Caleb.  They are Light Tamers and are bound together.  Light Tamers have the ability to absorb light from all light sources, minus LED lights.  The two of them are fumbling through what being a tamer means.  In book one, they found out that they can heal people and animals with their hands.  The Tamers learn they can’t be in a totally dark room, or they risk Dark Ones stealing their light.   They face the deity Erebus, and they meet one of the three Fates.  You learn the real meaning behind the saying, it must have been Fate. Enlightened answers the questions that were left open in The Light Tamer.  Amber, the sassy friend of Jessie, will have you laughing out loud.  She has her eyes on the new guy in school Thorne Woodson.  She wants the other kids in school to know she didn’t lose her edge because she is friends with such a sweet girl.  He is cocky, hot, and likes to read books.  He has his eyes on Jessie, and she’s the only one that knows why.  The book has a twist at the end which will have you saying things like.  “Wow, I didn’t see that coming.”  Or  “OMG, when is the next book coming out?”  

Sounds awesome, I've just marked it as "to read" on Goodreads! How did the idea of the story come to you?

Through my entire life, I’ve noticed lights turn off when I’m around.  Street lights turn off  as I pass them.  It happens more often if I’m upset, extremely happy, or mad.  My adult children have the same phenomenon.  I decided to look it up on Google a few years ago and learned it is a real ability.  Sudden Light Interference is the technical name.  I decided that it would be fun to make it more supernatural and turn it into a book.

Fascinating! Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?

I do all of the above as well as use an editor.

Are you a planner or a pantser?  

I’m a little of both.  With the first book of a series, I outline the beginning and the end of book one.  Book one is the stage setter for the rest of the series.  I know how a series will end and I write notes to remind me of events throughout the series, to make sure everything is answered by the final book.  Nothing is set in stone for me, ever.  Enlightened is a great example.  Early on, I said the books will be a trilogy.  Why, I ask myself daily.  There is so much to the story, and I need to make sure when a person finishes the last book, they are satisfied.  With that in mind, I cut out the last 14,000 words and rewrote the ending.  The ending as it is now, would have been the beginning of book three if I hadn’t changed the ending.  I needed to make sure my fans stayed with me until book three.  Many people skip out after the second book if it isn’t interesting enough.  From the reviews, it was a successful ending.  LOL

What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

The vibe in my surroundings.  I need positive energy, silence (unless meditation music is on), and most importantly…coffee.  Take any of that away from me, and I struggle.  Enlightened was a very hard book for me to write.  

What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?  

Access to Google & a thesaurus.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

I’d be a Light Tamer, and heal the broken hearts, and the sadness in people I know.

What's the weirdest thing you've googled?

Oh my…. I did google about horse farts for Enlightened. LOL

LOL. Quick writing test! Use the following words in a sentence: enlightening, hunger, and degree.

The recipe you made, is enlightening to such a degree, it has made my stomach rumble with hunger.

Your lack of hunger to earn your degree, is enlightening me as to how immature you’re acting.

Cool, bonus sentence! 

Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably 

petting my cat while watching shows I’ve DVR’d

Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.

Oh wow, get ready…. Here we go!

I must thank the bloggers who pimp my books.  It may seem simple, but honestly bloggers can make or break a book.  I’ve been blessed to meet such great bloggers and owe them my first shout out!  Fans….you have no idea how happy you make me.  Every single email and notes to me make my heart swell with love for you.  There have been some dark days the last six months, and the fans remind me why I write books.  Thank you!  Reviewers, I appreciate every word.  Of course I love great reviews, who doesn’t?  I learn from the reviews that may say a scene was slow or needed more character description.  I always go back and check the part out and see if I can improve the writing.  I learned so many reviewers want to know more about Parker, from The Legacy of Kilkenny series.  It inspired me to write a novella about him.  Next is my daughter, she is my biggest fan and critique partner.  I must thank my husband and son…for making dinner and listening to me ramble non-stop about writing.  My husband Mike has allowed me the freedom to work from home, and do this as a full time job.

Special thank you to you Dorothy, it’s been a pleasure meeting you.

And you!
And finally, where can people find you and your book online?

My books are available in print and e-book

1 comment:

Devyn said...

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!