Interview with Dawn Gena

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up mainly in the southwest region of the United States. Even though some neighbors are miles apart I still felt more warmth from the people there than when crowded together with millions on the tiny island of Manhattan, New York. I hope that I'm able to bring that same southwestern hominess to my characters no matter where they live.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in grade school. As soon as I learned how to read, I knew I had stories to tell too.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's funny really. The last book I've had published is The Secret. It is the first book in The Galaxy Ryder series. My former boss actually asked me to write a short story as a gift for her nephew. The story has evolved into a whole different concept since then but I'll never forget that Faith and Patrick were my inspiration.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I tried to go the traditional route. When I wrote erotica I had no problem but when I decided to write romances I found that I didn't like being pigeon-holed because my characters were not caucasian. If you are blue and I'm polkadot, when we fall in love is it going to be any different because of how we look on the outside?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I knew my book, To The One I Love, would probably be rejected by a traditional publisher. Most people who have read the book enjoy it. Smashwords seemed like the best way to get To The One I Love into the hands of more readers. Through Smashwords I'm doing okay and learning a lot as well.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have these characters, their lives and even worlds constantly buzzing around in my head. I love when I write about them and they, inturn connect with the people reading the book.
What do your fans mean to you?
One word. Everything!
What are you working on next?
My Sister's Soul. Every woman has a story to tell. My Sister's Soul briefly steps into the lives of 12 women. They share their stories of triumph, defeat, love, joy and pain. The stories range from a happy woman who made herself a widow to escape abuse to a clueless woman who winds up marrying the police officer who arrests her.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Janet Evanovich, Dean Koontz, Robin Cook, John Sandford -- I could go on and on. I love to read! Let's see -- Kaitlyn Davis, Ella James, Kate Dawes, Jill Myles. And the list goes on...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. Even on my worst day it's worth living and exploring. I think it is so true that each sunrise brings a new possibility.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, cooking dinner for my friends and throwing bread at the mean Canadian geese that harass us at the neighborhood park.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read the descriptions. If I find it interesting it goes in my cart. There are a lot of talented writers out there.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was about nine or ten and it almost got me suspended from school.
What is your writing process?
I can write anywhere as long as I'm left alone. I carry around a small notebook because ideas and characters dance around in my head twenty-four seven. Does that make me sound crazy? Oh well, I've been called worse.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Red Balloon. I wanted to visit the places the balloon had gone.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading horror, paranormal romance, a lot of the young adult series out now, murder mysteries, and poetry.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my tablet. A good book on my tablet has gotten me through many boring meetings.
Describe your desk
I would if I could find it.
Published 2013-08-30.
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Books by This Author

The Secret, Prequel: The Galaxy Ryder Series
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,360. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Cross Bryant and his cousins find a balloon. Not just any balloon, but one that’s rather large, changes colors, and – yikes! – has eyes. The teens quickly discover the balloon can also talk when it asks them for help. The teens promise to keep the balloon a secret. Not an easy task when you have very inquisitive parents and a cousin who has never kept a secret in her entire life!
To The One I Love
Price: Free! Words: 5,420. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
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One man, one woman and twelve love letters filled with romantic prose and passion. Can Jonathan capture Emily's heart? Read along and find out.