Friday, May 29, 2015

Interview & Giveaway with Dawn Crandall


      We welcome Indiana author, Dawn Crandall to the blog today!

      Dawn debuted her first series, The Everstone Chronicles, last year.  
      We are pleased to introduce the series to you as the last of three releases: The Captive Imposter
      
      We hope you enjoy the Q & A to get to know Dawn:
      
1. What inspired your latest story idea?

Estella Everstone has been someone I'd written about in my first two books, but since I write each book from a different character's first person perspective, I'd only ever seen her through the eyes of others. So once I sat down to get to know her, I found out lots! And above all, it was that she needed someone other than the man I'd thought she would end up with! I'd always wanted to write a book set at a resort deep in the mountains of Maine--and the manager of that resort just turned out to be the perfect hero for my Estella.

2. What is your favorite characteristic about your storys hero and heroine?

I would say it has to be their determination to do what needs to be done. Estella is sent away from her family to be kept safe. She has no say, but is a willing participant. Dexter Blakeley's personality oozes responsibility--to the point that he does so much for the benefit of others without thinking of what he needs. When he sees a need, he does everything in his power to make things right.

3. Please tell us about the spiritual theme of your story you hope every reader is challenged by:

The spiritual theme running throughout the story has to do with being rescued by God. That He wants us, loves us and knows what is best for us.

4. Jaime & I are coffee addicts. Erica & Gabrielle are tea lovers. What about you? Coffee or Tea?

I do usually go for my coffee fix, but I do love tea too! I'm going to have to say BOTH! (As long as there's plenty of milk and sugar around!

5. Favorite historical movie? Or mini-series?

I'm going to be completely boring... yet truthful.
Movie: 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice
Mini-Series: 2004 BBC version of North & South

6. While Jaime loves to take selfies, and Erica loves museums, I love Pinterest and food pics. Share a food pic, a favorite family recipe, or link us to your latest pin on Pinterest.

I recently came across this really great photo to symbolize the struggle my current WIP's heroine {Violet Hawthorne} has as she tries to escape her circumstances along her twisted path to finding true love. Click the link to view: Escape from Wonderland

7. Always wanted to be an author? Or surprised your path led you to be published?

I'd always enjoyed creative writing in school (it was actually the only thing I was good at), and I've thought the idea of writing a novel was interesting since I was in high school.... however, I didn't write anything other than what was assigned to me in both high school and college--and after that, nothing at all. It wasn't until I was married and in my thirties that my husband found out about it and encouraged me. That's all I needed. I started my debut novel {The Hesitant Heiress, August 2014} in 2010, went to ACFW in 2011, signed with my agent directly afterwards and signed my book contract with Whitaker House in 2013. So yeah, more surprised than anything!

8. Favorite century to read? To write? To watch on TV or in a movie?

READ: I have a great love for regency romances! Anything from Jane Austen to Georgette Heyer!

WRITE: My favorite time period to write is late Victorian/Gilded Age America... but with that same regency feel to them.

WATCH: Any clean historical romance!

9. Favorite heroine of all time, and why?


Jane Eyre, because she's written so honestly and deeply from first person point of view.

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Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
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51 comments:

  1. Woo Hoo Dawn Crandall is in the house of CC&C! Dawn, do you have big plans for Summer? Enjoy the release of THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER. Meg Cabot, Indiana author, of The Princess Diaries. Ladies, have a great weekend.

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    1. Hi Caryl! We'll be heading up to Maine, which is where my husband is from! ❤️

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  2. The Captive Impostor is a great book. You gotta read it if you haven't! I think it's my favorite but they were all great. When is your next book due for release Dawn? Looking forward to that!
    And by the way, Dawn has the cutest little boy that gets cuter by the day!

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    1. Thanks, Gail! The short answer is: I don't know! These three books were the only books I've written so far! And because of the baby, I haven't been as productive in the last two years as I had been during the three years of writing before that! I am working on a few proposals for my agent to start shopping around to publishers though! And I am writing three more Everstone books! ❤️ There just aren't any definite plans right now!

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    1. Thanks so much, Linsey! Good luck in the giveaway! ❤️

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  4. Kristy Cambron, Cara Putman and Sarah Ladd, and that's just off the top of my head, since I'm from Indiana - thanks for the easy question :)

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    1. Hi Danielle! Thanks for stopping by! I'm waving from Fort Wayne! :)

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  5. I really don't know where authors are from :(

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    1. Hi Samantha! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

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  6. I don't think I really know of any. I loooove Dawn's books. Still need to read The Captive Imposter though. Maybe I can win it and read it!! Very much looking forward to her books in the future!!

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    1. Hi Sydney! Thanks for that! I'm so glad you loved my first two books! ❤️

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  7. I haven't had the privilege of reading any of Dawn's books yet, but this one looks like a great place to start.

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    1. Hi Cathy! This is actually the third book in a series that you would get a lot more out of if they were read in order. :) My debut novel, the first in the series, is only $3.82 right now though!

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  8. I don't know where the authors are from. But I would love to win another one of these books. I have the last one but would love to have 1& 2

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    1. Hi Brenda! I don't think most readers know where authors are from. :D Thanks for stopping by to enter the giveaway!

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  9. Oh wow, thank you for doing this interview. I like that you write in first person, it gives me a different perspective of the character. I feel like I'm walking in their shoes.

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    1. Thanks, Karen! I really LOVE writing from first person! I'm glad you enjoyed The Hesitant Heiress! ❤️

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  10. Cara Putman is a popular Indiana author!

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    1. Hi Phyllis! Thanks for stopping by to read the interview and enter the giveaway! ❤️

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  11. Book looks fantastic; i don;t know any other Indiana authors :)

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! Have you looked up the first two books in the series? Sorry there aren't any links to my internet pages on the post! I do have pages on Goodreads, Facebook, Amazon, Pinterest and Twitter. :) I'll add them below. ❤️

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    1. She doesn't live too far from me! Thanks for stopping, Carrie! ❤️

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  13. Well, I know many authors, but I'm not sure if they are from Indiana or not. My mom's from Indiana......

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    1. Thanks for coming by to enter the giveaway, Kate! ❤️

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  14. I can't tell you any Indiana authors :(

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    1. It doesn't really matter where we're from, does it? Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

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  15. Without doing a search, I can't name any other Indiana authors.

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    1. Thanks for coming by to enter the giveaway! :)

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  16. I can't name a single one. That makes Dawn pretty special :)

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    1. Thanks! There are a few, but I only know about them because we meet at writer conferences! :)

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  17. I don't know where any authors are from. I pretty much just read the books and don't think too much about where the author hails from :)

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    1. Before a few years ago I didn't know where any authors were from either! I mainly learned from meeting them at writer conferences! ❤️ Thanks for coming by, Anne!

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad you loved The Hesitant Heiress! ❤️

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  19. Dawn Crandall writes long inspirational historical romantic suspense. She has a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University and lives in northeast Indiana with her ever-supportive husband, her three cats [Lilly, Pumpkin and Clover] and their newest addition, a little baby boy.

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    The first book in the series, The Hesitant Heiress, is now only $3.82 for Amazon Kindle!
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    Author Website: www.dawncrandall.blogspot.com

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  20. I honestly have no idea where most authors hail from. I imagine there are many great authors from Indiana, Dawn being one of the best. I loved "The Hesitant Heiress" and look forward to reading the final 2 books.

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    1. Thanks for that, Jennifer! ❤️ I'm so glad you loved my first book! Good luck in the giveaway! :)

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  21. I have heard of cars Pittman. Reading through my stacks of books.

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  22. Looks like everyone is having a great time meeting Dawn this week! :)

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  23. Not really sure of any author's home states lol sounds interesting tho!!

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    1. Thanks, Kay! And thanks for coming by to read the interview! ❤️

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  24. Interesting interview, Dawn and Anne - thank you!!

    Some Indiana authors: Denise Hunter, Jamie Carie, Janet Dean, Karla Adkins, Ramona K. Cecil, James Whitcomb Riley, Booth Tarkington, and a very important one who hasn't been published yet but will be - Anne Love (hope these names are accurate) !!

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    1. Thanks, bonton! You sure do keep up! ❤️

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  25. I don't know of any other Indiana authors. I do like how each of these books are from a different characters perspective.

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! I think it's really fun to "meet" the characters fully in first person POV! ❤️

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  26. I'm sure I've read books by many authors from Indiana, but the only ones I can think of that I think are from Indiana are Kristy Cambron and Cara Putman. I've been interested in reading your books for awhile, Dawn, but haven't been able to yet.

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  27. Thanks for stopping by, Alisha! I know both Kristy and Cara really well from ACFW! ❤️

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