Interview with Chrisann Dawson

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, teaching, and joining other believers in worship at my local church.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Yikes! I am very traditional and enjoy print versions of my favorite books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Honestly, I cannot remember that far back. I really enjoy keeping a journal and kept a diary even as a child.
What is your writing process?
I love to see the details of the whole story before I begin. A timeline is my favorite way to outline the story (keeping many open spaces for more details). Montema Elenge was written from personal experience.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I taught myself to read (with prompting from my parents) using Dr. Seuss. I guess Cat in the Hat impacted me. I loved the rhyming words and was terrified that the cat would drop the fish.
Once I started to read well, I was enthralled with mysteries like the Nancy Drew series.
How do you approach cover design?
A cover should support the theme of the book in a simple way. It should not be misleading.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible: it is God's love letter to humanity and a guide through life.
The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey: it details the background and life of Christ.
The Shack: it shares the loving heart of God and how He prods us to lead a life of forgiveness.
Pride and Prejudice: I am still cogitating on the dialogue between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. Amazing detail.
The Count of Monte Cristo: the consequences of following revenge and not forgiveness is life altering.
What do you read for pleasure?
Currently I am stuck on reading non-fiction. If I do read fiction, I tend to return to the faithful friendship of a book I already know and love, like Pride and Prejudice. For pleasure, I would sooner turn to a Netflix show.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Let me get back with you after I try a few.
Describe your desk
My lap.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, just north of Philadelphia. As a child, I did not appreciate the beauty of my surroundings. A lifetime of traveling has given me a keen appreciation for lush summers of that area. This book uses Bucks County as the home setting for the main character.
When did you first start writing?
It seems that I was always dreaming of a story line and scrawling in composition notebooks as a child. I only gave writing some serious thought in the last ten to fifteen years.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Montema Elenge, Lingala for a youthful heart, is pulled from the vast storehouse of memories from our time living in the Congo. Over ten years ago, while I was nursing a broken leg and caring for my toddler son, I turned to writing this book for some "sanity" time. The tale was locked inside all the experiences wrangled from our life as missionaries.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Poverty. No, I'm serious.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Can I answer this one after some time with the company?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing my heart and mind.
What do your fans mean to you?
Do I have any fans yet?
What are you working on next?
An awesome story about the Congo. It it a ten-year project.
Who are your favorite authors?
King David, Jesus, and John the Apostle. Also Jane Austin.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee and time in my Bible.
What was the pivotal event of your adult life?
The most difficult trial of my adult life was saying good-bye to my sister, Tracey, who passed away due to ovarian cancer. She was a dear and faithful companion. Although I am sure that we will be reunited for eternity, it has been difficult to live this past decade without her.
Describe your relationship with your family.
My husband, Gale, is faithful, tender, and gentle. Through the ups and downs of life, he is a constant source of joy. My children are resilient, having traveled with us (since babyhood) around the globe. God has granted me a loving relationship with family.
Published 2014-07-08.
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Books by This Author

Montema Elenge- A Youthful Heart
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 44,660. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Amish & Mennonite
Alessandra, a young college graduate, finds herself on an adventure of God-sized proportions as she travels to Congo on a mission trip.