Name – Trish Marie Dawson
Age – 35
Where are you from – California, USA
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc – Married, with children (lol)
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My ninth self-published work will be released on August 15th, so that’s pretty exciting.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing my first book in December of 2011 after my daughter asked me what I’d always wanted to be when I grew up. When my reply was ‘a writer’, she told me to write a book! Her reasoning was, I’d spent her entire life telling her she could do whatever she wanted, so I should follow my own advice. She’s a pretty smart kid.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The moment I published my first book in June of 2012. I’ve since learned that publishing is not necessarily what makes one a writer – it’s the writing itself that does.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve always had a vivid imagination and a pension for watching scary movies or reading scary books before bed. This means my dreams are usually intense, weird and often times – terrifying. So each of my books have really been a combination of my most interesting dreams (nightmares) and ideas I’ve combined from things I’ve read or watched.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Not yet. 😉 But I’ve been told by many that I’m a highly descriptive writer. I guess that means I over-describe things. LOL
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Titles usually come to me before the story, or relatively soon after starting.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The first few things I wrote were not intentionally philosophical, though readers have taken what they want from them, which makes me happy. Now I pay better attention to avoid cliché-type messages and really let my own beliefs sneak in there.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
None of my books are realistic, aside from description of places or people. For instance, I live in Southern California, so in my first book, I described my home town quite realistically.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I think all writers use at least a few tid-bits of their own life experiences in their writing. I sure have.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
The list is entirely too long to put here! But I’m a huge Stephen King fan, so my first series is heavily influenced from the writing of King. But currently, my daughter is reading The Giver, a story I’ve loved since I was a teenager, and have read many times, so my range of influential books is very broad across the genres. One of my all-time favorite books is How To Kill A Mockingbird. It has nothing to do with my writing, but I love the story. It impacted me quite a bit as a child.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I have many writer friends now, that I did not have when I was first publishing. I couldn’t pick just one of them, but they know how important they are to me.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Hollow City, by Ransom Riggs.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I love Kristie Haigwood (K.S. Haigwood), Miranda Stork, Tara Wood, Kirstin Pulioff, just to name a few!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Right now I’m working on the third book in the Find Me series, which hopefully will be out before the end of the year.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My friends. I have a few that have been nothing but supportive.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Hmm. No, I don’t think I’d change anything.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Yes, I began writing in high school and after my tenth grade teacher told me to keep doing it, I thought one day I’d do it as a profession.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure, I’ll attach an excerpt from Kerry-Anne for you below…
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The time to do it without interruptions! I have two kids, both of whom I homeschool. We have three dogs and a cat – all rescues, and my husband. So I don’t get much quiet time around my house!
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Stephen King – his detail and description, but it’s sort of a double-edged sword because not all of it is necessary.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Nope. Though I did do some research out in the Laguna Mountains that got my Ford Focus stuck in the mud. The story is retold in that book, I Hope You Find Me.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Most of my original covers were done by one of my best friends, Deborah Rogers. I have learned a bit about cover design myself, and did the new Station covers on my own.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The research! I wanted to get it right. 😉
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that the imagination is a truly complicated and infinite thing, and that it should be used – regardless of whether you are a writer, or not.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yep – just do it. Write as much as you can, as often as you can, and worry about perfecting it during editing. And toughen up your skin – because the writing world can be difficult.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you. For real – I love my readers. I write for myself, but publish for them.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No. But I remember reading ‘It’ when I was only eleven.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I love the beach, music, the outdoors and reading.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Anything that makes me jump, or think. The list is longer than my arm!
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I’m a Vegetarian but I love everything…Italian food, Asian food, etc…my favorite place to eat out is a Vegan restaurant called The Loving Hut. YUMMM. Blue is my favorite color and I listen to pretty much everything that has a good beat.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
For a while I went to school for Child Development – so perhaps a teacher?
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? Yes, I do – http://www.writertrishmariedawson.com
Amazon Page http://www.amazon.com/Trish-Marie-Dawson/e/B008CQGASU
Twitter Page https://twitter.com/Trish_Dawson
FaceBook Page https://www.facebook.com/WriterTrishMarieDawson
Thank you for the interview!
Excerpt from ‘Kerry-Anne’, a Station Series Novelette:
Some people think that when a loved one is in a coma, you should talk to them and touch them, so as to let them know you are there. This way the person doesn’t feel alone. And just maybe, they’ll fight to come back – back from death. But no one really gets what it’s like. Being stuck in the middle of where you were and where you’re going – it’s not a choice the person can make. I know this now, because today I realized that the hazy memory fog I’ve been trapped in is a coma. As the Doctor stood over me, explaining to my parents what their choices were, I heard it all.
“No chance of recovery,” he’d said. Brain-dead. Gone.
But the Doctor was wrong. I’m still here – trapped. Screaming. Crying. Hurting. But they can’t hear me. They can’t feel me. Those experts have it all backwards – it’s me who needs to talk to them, to touch them, to let them know I’m here. But I can’t. Even if I was awake, I know my fingers are gone. And my tongue. The flames melted half my flesh away. I know my brain can’t work anymore – the connections that used to fire from one cell to the other are frozen in place – but I’m still here. Like my soul is stuck in time, waiting for permission to move on. I guess that means they’ll have to unplug me.
When you have the sort of empty time I do now, the mistakes you’ve made are all you can think about. And I guess I’ve made some big ones. Setting myself on fire probably tops the list of stupid things I’ve done. I don’t think about that moment much. Not because it’s so unpleasant, but because I just can’t remember it all. I was in the bathroom, the matches in my hand, the lower half of my dress drenched in Daddy’s BBQ lighter fluid, my eyes red from crying, staring back at me in the mirror. I know what I did. And I remember I tried to put myself out with the shower curtain, but it wrapped around me and the plastic melted to me and acted like a funnel, sending the uncontrollable flames licking up my body. Eating at my skin. Devouring me. And then the memory sort of fades to an endless dark nothing.
Dark, like the inside of my no longer working mind.
I know I’m wrapped up with strips of fabric and gauze and dosed with medications, because every once in a while, someone pries open what is left of my eyelids, and for the briefest moment, I can see again. But the damaged skin of my lids is heavy with blisters, and they slide closed when released, and the world around me vanishes once more. It’s the way things go for a long time. A very long time. So long, in fact, that I’m sure I’ve hallucinated my entire life. All fifteen years of it.
Maybe I wasn’t adopted. Maybe Lavinia wasn’t one of those hard-core mothers with a martini constantly in her right hand who pushed her only daughter to be as exceptional as her sister’s adopted kid. Maybe Luke wasn’t one of those fathers who cared only about what everyone else thought of him and his golf swing. Maybe none of it was real, not one single minute. For a while I even thought that I’m a fetus, growing inside some strange woman’s womb, ready to be reborn into a different life. But I know I’m not that lucky…
More can be read about Kerry-Anne and her friends at the Station in ‘Dying to Forget’, ‘Dying to Remember’ and ‘Dying to Return’. There are two other Station novelettes out as well, ‘Niles’ and ‘Mallory’.
Trish Marie Dawson breaks into the Sci-Fi Fantasy genre with an otherworldly tale set on the faraway planet of Ernoth. With gypsies wandering the deserts, royalty challenged by a prophecy, assassins on the hunt, plagues and mysteries questioned, this full-length novel takes readers on a never-ending journey of emotions and adventure.
Some secrets are worth keeping, and others are worth dying for.
A runaway princess on a mission and a mysterious traveler become an unlikely pair when the two cross paths in the unforgiving Dry Lands. As an underground movement struggles to overthrow the Dark King, an old prophecy threatens to change the future, an act that could unleash answers to some of the planet’s most dangerous secrets. Answers the people aren’t ready for. Together, the fiery red-head, A’ris Brynx and the rugged Krane Hutch, must do one thing – survive the lies, betrayals, consequences and…each other.