Dawn Downey is the author of From Dawn to Daylight: Essays (Pathless Land Press 2015) and Stumbling Toward the Buddha: Stories about Tripping over My Principles on the Road to Transformation (Pathless Land Press 2014). Since 2007 her work has appeared in publications including River, Blood, and Corn: A Community of Voices, Skirt! Magazine, and Kansas City Voices: A Periodical of Writing and Art.
Downey’s writing has earned awards from Missouri Writers Guild, Oklahoma Writers Federation, Northern Colorado Writers, and the Santa Barbara Writers Conference.
She lives in Kansas City MO.
To learn more, visit dawndowney.com.
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.
How does one embrace spirituality, when life is messy? In Stumbling Toward the Buddha, Dawn Downey comes to a startling revelation: a difficult childhood was more than that. There was abuse. As she confronts her past, years of depression and splintered relationships finally make sense. Downey tells the tale of a seeker who confronts the daily messiness and finds friendship, compassion, and joy.