Interview with Casey Dawes

Describe your desk
My desk is wherever I am, although I do have a "woman cave" where I spend most of my days. It's a huge space and my desk, actually computer table, file cabinet, and traditional desk, are at one end. I have a great view of the Clark Fork River from my window.

The furniture was new once, and like me, it's become worn and stained over time. I have a few treasures, mugs full of pens, paint brushes (I went through a water color period), and quilting supplies. One of my favorite things is a pair of speakers my DH gave me for Christmas one year. I love to blast my various stations from Pandora.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the East Coast, first in New Jersey, then in Massachusetts, and back to New Jersey. Because we moved a lot, and I'm an introvert, I spent a lot of time by myself lost in fictional worlds. When I finally got around to making friends, it seemed like we moved again.

Since I've grown up, I've added five more states to the domicile list and done a lot of traveling. I've met lots of different people with different problems, dreams, and points of view. I draw on this rich treasure when I sit down and write.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My upcoming novella, A Christmas Hope, published by Books To Go Now, is a sweet romance about an artisan cheese maker in upstate New York, and a woman who owns a business called The Perfect Plate. This business is loosely based on a business called The Joyful Table ( created by one of my former business coaching clients.

I love the New York Catskill area. During college I worked near Woodstock, N.Y. (yes, THAT Woodstock) at a summer camp, and I've traveled through the area and the Finger Lakes nearby. I loved the idea of setting this story in that area--a wintry small town alive with Christmas, a loner who doesn't believe there's anything to celebrate, and a woman who wants to change his life.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love watching the characters and story unfold. Somewhere in the middle of writing, if things are going well, the characters take over and tell me how they want the story to go. As a result, the synopsis I write at the beginning of the book is totally off base by the end of writing the first draft!

I also enjoy when the story is complete to my satisfaction, before my critique partners and editors show me what's wrong with it. :-))
What do your fans mean to you?
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the fourth book of the California Romance series. The heroine, Mandy, was introduced in book one, California Sunset. She's a waitress at the Costanoa Grill. In California Homecoming she starts her own catering business, and in this book, California Thyme, she gets to try her hand at movie catering.

She's got some baggage, as all my heroines do, and she's going to have to deal with it before she can allow her heart to be free to love.

The hero, James, has a plan for his life. No woman, no matter how attractive, is going to move him away from his goal. If you want to here more about my progress, check my Facebook page where I post regular updates.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I live in a beautiful part of the country. I love to see the seasons change, my garden grow, the critters who roam the property. If I'm writing, which is most of the time, I want to see what my subconscious will deliver to the WIP. Sometimes I want to add more to a quilt I'm working on.

And sometimes...a call from a local school gets me out of bed to go substitute!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Right now, I'm canning...and canning...and canning... I got carried away with tomato plants this year! Even the zucchini couldn't compete. (You do know to keep your car locked during zucchini season, don't you? Otherwise, we gardeners will sneak in and leave several of the green devils!)

I enjoy cooking up a big pot of something to enjoy and eat during the week. My DH does most of the week dinner cooking. He's also really good at finding flats of jars when I need them!

I also quilt, knit, and do needlepoint now and again. And, I love to read!

DH and I have inherited a "Sunday Drive" gene from our families. The weekends will find us looking for a new place to hike, a dirt road to explore, or visiting friends near Glacier National Park.
What do you read for pleasure?
Almost anything. It really depends on what mood I'm in, and I usually read several books at once. I've got a history of Montana written in the 1940s that I'm nibbling at, and Matthew Fox's Prayer, a Radical Response to Life, an upcoming book I'm reviewing for a good friend, magazines.

My DH and I both enjoy cozy mysteries and suspense. I like romance, obviously, as well. I used to really be into fantasy, but not so much any more.

Mainly, like you, I like a good, well-written book!
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I understood what it was all about. I entered...and my first short story contest, sponsored by the Boston Globe, at age 10.

To write is to live.
Published 2013-09-25.
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Books by This Author

Wise Woman's Guide to Writing a Business Plan
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,920. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business administration, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Women in business
Whether you're starting your business or doing your annual business planning and strategizing, the Wise Woman's Guide to Writing a Business Plan will make gathering and analyzing your business information easier and more effective. You'll gain insights and create a business plan that can be leveraged for business guidance, loans, or acquiring investors.