Dawn Downey

Biography

Dawn Downey, an essayist, finds inspiration in everyday situations. Topics under her scrutiny range from her pursuit of the perfect purse to her search for the meaning of life. Toss in jealousy, prejudice, guilt, and inadequacy for good measure. Thanks to a spiritual path that winds through the teachings of the Buddha and around to non-duality, she now enjoys a kinder, gentler relationship with her eccentricities.

Secretly, she’d rather be a rock star, but since she can’t sing, settles for reading her stories wherever there’s a microphone and an audience. From the first day azaleas bloom until the night black-eyed susans give in to a hard freeze, find her on the patio, tending a container garden. She lives in Kansas City with her husband, Ben Worth. He spoils her rotten. She reciprocates.

Downey’s essays have been published by The Christian Science Monitor, Shambhala Sun, Skirt! Magazine, Kansas City Voices: A Periodical of Writing and Art, and The Best Times. Her work is anthologized in Alzheimer’s Anthology of Unconditional Love: The 110,000 Missourians with Alzheimer’s, My Dad is My Hero: Tributes to the Men Who Gave Us Life, Love, and Driving Lessons, and Pooled Ink: Celebrating the 2012 NCW Contest Winners. Her writing has earned awards from the Missouri Writers Guild, Oklahoma Writers Federation, Northern Colorado Writers, and the Santa Barbara Writers Conference.

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Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In the spring, summer, and fall I spend a lot of time in the yard. When I'm in a good mood, I call it gardening. When I'm resentful, I call it yard work. On Monday's I do laundry. Tuesdays I water the plants. Wednesdays are unscheduled. Thursdays. Friday I clean a bathroom or two.Three times a week I go to the Y and walk the treadmill and elyptical machine, while listening to an audio book. I prefer fast-paced stories to distract my mind from the boredom of the workout. Currently I'm reading Robert Ludlum's The Parcifal Mosaic. I only allow myself to listen to it while I'm working out, and that gives me a little incentive.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discovered Open, by Andrew Agassi, while I was walking through a bookstore. The cover grabbed my attention and I bought it for my Kindle. The next book I read was The Tender Bar. I discovered that one because Agassi, credited Tender Bar author for helping him write. That led to Angela's Ashes, because Amazon recommended it at the end of the Tender Bar download. I subscribe to Book Bub emails and sometimes I buy those suggestions. I also get suggestions from my GoodReads friends.
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Books

Stumbling Toward the Buddha: Stories about Tripping over My Principles on the Road to Transformation
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,410. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
A seeker examines her foibles and accidentally makes peace with politicians, Precious Moments, family violence, and the emptiness of life. In her exploration of the personal, Dawn Downey exposes the universal––much like Anne Lamott and Nora Ephron.
Alone in the Dark: Essays About Everyday Bravery
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Price: Free! Words: 5,680. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Category: Essay » Literature
Well past middle age, Dawn Downey noticed she was afraid of, well, everything. Her hands grew clammy before buying an airline ticket online. Her heart stopped if she approached a dead-end sign. She flinched when she overheard arguments among strangers. Don’t even mention creatures that slithered. These essays describe how she learned the nature of courage by confronting her anxieties.
Delayed Departure: A Very Short Story About a Very Short Journey
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,800. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
In this humorous short story, a woman who is prepared for every eventuality tries her hand at being spontaneous.

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