Name: Dawn Brazil
Age: Inquiring minds want to know…
Where are you from: Here and there and everywhere – but currently, Texas
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’m married, with three kids. I have a degree in English and a Phd. in procrastination. I’m currently getting my Master’s degree in Library Science.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’m finished with the third and final book in my Finding Me series. And I secretly fell in love with one of the characters. Shh, don’t tell my hubby. I’d don’t think he’d understand. Plus love triangles and all… I am re-publishing my series with a small hybrid publisher. I haven’t announced it officially yet. Well, I guess I just did.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always loved to write but I never thought I could do it seriously. As a kid, I thought, who really gets to have that much fun as a viable career. I had these whimsical, fantasy stories floating around in my head since forever. Eventually, I stopped writing and reading, did all the things we’re told to do as adults, like finish college, get married, have kids, find the most awesomely boring job on the planet… But I decided I was no longer going to work through my hour lunch breaks “for the man.” I decided I was going to read. I hadn’t read a good book in years. I really missed it. So, I started reading. Then one day, I said, “Hey, I think I could do this.” So, I wrote one scene for a story that had been in my head for some time. I showed it to my daughter and she loved it. That was in 2010. I haven’t stopped writing since.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I should give myself more credit but in the vain of honesty, I’ll admit that I still struggle with telling people I’m a writer. Because so few people have heard of me, I think writers have a tendency to measure their worth by how many books they sell. So, short answer: I’m still working on this.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I had a story in me and the characters wouldn’t shut up. Seriously. They just kept talking and doing things. I thought I had multiple personality disorder…turns out I was a writer. <<ß- I’m a writer now… 😀
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I write YA so I tend to have an easy, relaxed tone in my writing. Though I write fantasy, I must include some humor and of course, romance. I outline first. But I outline only major scenes and some major dialogue. Then I began to draft. I reflect back to my outline periodically while drafting and try my hardest not to go back and correct my booboo’s. It’s a struggle.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Easy…my character is lost. She feels she had no identity. She does not know who she is, apart from her family, before the inciting incident and after it, she is even more confused about who she will become. This travailing pattern, of her not self-identifying is prevalent throughout the entire series.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, this book is aimed at young adults. I believe they struggle with who they are and who they will become in relation to those around them. Family and friends can be huge influences on how teens identify themselves – be that positive or negative influences.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I would say 50% is realistic. The initial setting is Manhattan, NY where but the story ventures off to another universe with magical elements. The magical elements are not restricted to this other universe, though.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Oh no, it is not based on anyone or event in my personal life. But it is based on what I see with many teens – the identity crisis. The desire to belong and not belong at the same time. The desire to please but to also be an individual.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
This is a tough question. I don’t think one book has garnered top status. There has been a collection of books and authors such as: The Bible, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Maya Angelou…
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Jas T. Ward’s Madness (The Shadow-Keepers, series)
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
This author is not necessarily new but I completed her series recently and it is now my fav (that is subject to change) – Michelle Hodkin. She wrote the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m re-releasing my Finding Me series – including adding the final book, yet unpublished Becoming Me. I am also editing a sci-fi standalone.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
God. My belief and faith have been a tremendous support in this sometimes solitary endeavor.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. I can’t see myself ever not writing. Even when arthritis has settled into my bones, I’ll use voice software like Dragon to tell my stories.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Oh boy, umm. Well, yes. I think most authors would probably say they would change something. Most of my changes would stem from feedback from interviews after the books were published. Readers can be very insightful. And no matter how many beta readers you have someone else can always come in with a brilliant idea that just stumped you.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
From reading. I was an avid reader as a child and I always just liked to imitate the authors I read.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
First line of – Finding Me, book 1 in the Finding Me trilogy
The weirdest day of my existence started with a kiss.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Finding time to do it. My life is hectic.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
This changes often. Right now I love Michelle Hodkins. I love her use of characters in her stories. They jump off the page at you. I love them. And she is a true poet. Her words flow so well. I hope to write like that once I have grown-up. LOL
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
So far – not at all.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I decided my initial covers but my publisher will choose someone for the re-published books.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding the time to write.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Yes, I’m not a pantser. I have to write with an outline. I write a detailed scene outline and the words just seem to flow. When I don’t have an outline, I stumble around a lot. I need to maximize my time at the computer to I’ll only ever write from an outline now.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read. Period. Read widely and as much as you can.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes, buy my books. LOL Oh and you can always email me and ask anything.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first grown-up book I read was in elementary. I think I was in the 4th grade. It was Flowers in the Attic by the late V. C. Andrews.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Great reviews, my children and hubby…make’s my laugh and sometime cry.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
It is a tie actually – Oprah Winfrey – she is a great success. She didn’t start off with a silver spoon, either and I look up to her. Hilary Clinton – not so much for her political views but again as a woman she has accomplished a lot and I admire that.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
I don’t care. I want to be cremated and my ashes scattered. The tombstone isn’t for me anyway, it’s for my family. They’d probably choose something like
Our goofy mom rest here forever; our nerdtastic momma lays here; Wife, mother, nerd…
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I love to cook. And eat it. I also love music (not making it, just listening) and movies
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t get to watch much TV but I do love two shows: The Vampire Diaries and Under the Doom. My favorite TV of all time is Lost. My favorite movie of all time is a tie between Riding in Cars with boys and The Usual Suspects
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Food: pasta; Color: green; Music: this is hard – soft rock (The Fray, Sia), love 80’s music (Madonna, Whitney Houston, Pat Benatar)…
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Opened a Bed and Breakfast, been a Journalist
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Dawn Brazil writes books for Young Adults. Her debut novel, Finding Me, is an Urban Fantasy and released officially on April 2, 2014. She also writes science fiction and paranormal romance.
As a small child, Dawn’s love for reading was voracious. She could always be found with a book in hand. To this day, she’ll read anything with great characters.
She’s currently writing a standalone YA science fiction novel. And completing the Finding Me trilogy. She lives in South Texas with her husband, three kids, and her great big imagination.
Oh and she loves Wonder Woman!