Dawn Colclasure


Dawn Colclasure started writing at a young age and ever since has a collection of hundreds of poems, songs, essays, articles and short stories. She founded a poetry club while in her teens, where she also edited and published their quarterly magazine, and had poetry published in anthologies and various magazines. She entered the professional writing world while in college, writing for her local newspaper while also working in the college newspaper department, then taking on a writing gig for a weekly webzine. During this time, she also wrote articles for her local newspaper. She has also worked as a freelance writer, writing for magazines as well as E-zines, as well as the national newspaper for the deaf and HOH, SIGNews. She also joined the team of writers for the Shadowlands site, writing about ghosts and hauntings. Writing a series of interviews for the website Write From Home inspired her to put together interviews for her book, BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL: How We Survive as Writing Parents, which was published in 2004. That same year, her second nonfiction book arrived: 365 Tips For Writers: Inspiration, Writing Prompts and Beat The Block Tips to Turbo Charge Your Creativity. Her two poetry books, Take My Hand and Topiary Dreams, are both products of her self-publishing ventures. Currently, she is writing more nonfiction books, more novels, more poetry collections and children’s books. Her other writing endeavors include scriptwriting, songs and essays. While being profoundly deaf as well as a burn survivor, she has found that these challenges have helped her to work harder for success in establishing a writing career and find new ways to work around communication challenges. She lives with her husband, children and a Chi-Poo named Chewbacca in Oregon. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books on a variety of subjects as well as cooking, playing board games, learning new things and hanging around animals.

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Smashwords book reviews by Dawn Colclasure

  • From the Mist on Sep. 04, 2010

    This was a collection of poems that had me by the throat from start to finish. My favorite was "Lyda." Some of the poems made me laugh, some made me shake my head over the irony in the stories which unfolded. I really enjoyed the last poem, "What is it about Him." The words just stayed with me even after I was done reading it, and not because of the repeating lines. I am glad I was told about this poetry collection. I will likely return to read it again and again!
  • Wishes and Promises on Dec. 25, 2013

    Little Kaitlin Carmichael misses her daddy, who is away at war in Afghanistan. What she does not know is that he is MIA. Her mother, Jane, struggles with telling Kaitlin her daddy may not come home again, especially during Christmas, when it would mean so much to Kaitlin for her daddy to be home again. Kaitlin dreams that her daddy tells her he will be home for Christmas, but will this dream come true? I really enjoyed reading this story. The characters were written so well and they are very true-to-life. This story can be the story of any military family who has a loved one away at war, especially during the holidays. This story really captures the struggles such a family goes through and it was a very touching story to read at Christmastime. You don't need to be a military family to enjoy this sweet story.
  • Work of Art: The Craft of Creativity on Jan. 18, 2014

    There were some spelling mistakes in this ebook but it's an interesting read and filled with good ideas. I was definitely inspired.