Interview with Dawn Rae MIller

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm addicted to my kindle. It's slightly evil and makes me spend more money than I want, but I just can't quite it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Reaching out to fans and letting them know how important they are to me. Their word of mouth is worth more than a strategic marketing campaign, in my opinion.
Describe your desk
I don't have one! I work all over the place - from a comfy chair in my family room to Panera.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I lived in Michigan until I was sixteen when I decided to strike out on my own and move to San Francisco (my parents were supportive of this). I think it has influenced my writing in that I understand teens can make life changing decisions, can be braver than they imagined, and are smarter than they're often given credit for.
When did you first start writing?
When I was five, I wrote little book called, "Not My Fox." I was so proud of that book.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My fans kept asking me what happened next. They wanted more Fletch and Ellie, and honestly, so did I.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wasn't supposed to be. I had a fancy New York agent and interest from several publishers. But as things go, it didn't work out, and my agency decided to try out hybrid publishing with me. I'm happy they did, because I love being indie.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords got me into Kobo - where many of my sales come from.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the revision process when I carefully craft my rough first draft into something solid and interesting.
What do your fans mean to you?
LOVE THEM! Honestly, without fans, I'd have no career. And while I like writing just for myself, it's so much more fun when I get to share it with others.
What are you working on next?
Shhh. I can't tell because it's with my agent :D
Who are your favorite authors?
Is it cliched to say John Green? Because I love him and don't really care. Melina Marchetta and Lanie Taylor are pretty amazing too.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Yoga. I do 75 minutes every morning for mental health reasons. It clears my head and gets me ready to face whatever the day holds.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Doing yoga, running my three boys around, hanging out with my husband, and generally being boring.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
100% recommendations from others.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I wrote a story when I was five. I think my dad still has it somewhere.
What is your writing process?
I yell at blank pages a lot. No, honestly, I do. But once I'm past that point, I tend to draft fast and revise slow.
How do you approach cover design?
I was lucky to have a brilliant illustrator for my Sensitives Trilogy. We worked together to create the stunning images that are my covers. For my Crushed duology, I knew I wanted hearts and scoured the internet until I found two that worked. My new cover designer took them and created the red and white covers.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly young adult books, and occasionally an adult book. I love contemporary and fantasy.
Published 2015-04-13.
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