Today it is my pleasure to welcome author, K. Dawn Byrd. She has graciously stopped in to answer a few questions and give a teaser about her new inspirational historical suspense novel Queen of Hearts available now through Desert Breeze Publishing.
How long have you been writing (stories)?
K. Dawn -- I've been writing for about two years. It's a wonderful, stress-relieving hobby for me.
Do you have another job, or did you get to live the writer's dream and quit your day job?What did you do before you started writing?
I do work a full-time job. I'm not sure I'd want the pressure of writing full-time. I'd have to worry about landing the next contract, plotting the next book, writer's block, etc
Why do you write? If you couldn't write, what would you do?
I write because I love it. If I couldn't write, I'd probably still be riding a Harley (I gave it up to have more time to write.)
Does your family back your writing?
My husband is very supportive and helps me with titles and plotting. Sometimes it helps to get a guy's perspective.
Since it's was just mother's day, tell us how your mother feels about your writing?
My mother believes that I take on too much. She's probably right as I'm more driven than can possibly be healthy.
How long did it take you before you were published?
I wrote for about a year and a half before landing my first contract. During that time, I studied everything I could find about craft.
Writers have been know to be quirky people, would admit to having any quirks?
I'm terrified of driving in snow. We had so much of it last winter that it was a real challenge for me to just get out there and go.
Tell us something people may find interesting about you.
I have two hairless dogs. Almost hairless anyway. My Chinese Cresteds have hair only on their head, feet and tail.
How long did it take to write Queen of Hearts?
It was my NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project. I wrote it during November of last year.
A WWII era story cast in an abandoned mental institution, quite a mix for setting. What sparked your interest for the asylum?
I ran across a website containing photos of dozens of abandoned mental institutions. It gave me the idea of placing my heroine inside one.
What kind of research did you do for mental institutions?
I watched a couple of videos of frontal labotomies and also studied the photos of abandoned asylums. That's pretty much it.
And Photography, since your heroine is an OSS operative/reporting photographer?
Since photography doesn't play a huge part in the story, I didn't really research it. I did, however, have to research the O.S.S.
What's one of the strangest things you've done for research?
I traveled to a small town an hour away and in the middle of nowhere. It's only a few miles wide, but I had to know what was there.
No, my characters don't resemble me unless you count the fact that they love pickles.
Thanks for stopping in, K. You can be scared all you want of driving in the snow, I'm scared of Harley's.
As for research, for one book, I've taken the trip up the Oregon trail stopping at every site I could hit in two days. Twice. You must have an iron stomach, cause I might read about it, but I doubt I'd watch a lobotomy, frontal or otherwise.
I love stories that take place during the WWII era. So much espionage took place then that we don't understand fully. I am amazed by how many asylums there are in the US that were in use during that time. That your character hides in one, is intriguing.
I wish you well with your book, K. Thank you again for coming by.Following is a short excerpt from Queen of Hearts. To read more follow the links below.
Daphne Dean is proud to be serving her country stateside during WWII as a reporter and an Office of Strategic Services operative. When the photograph she takes of the crowd at a murder scene places her on the mob's hit list, she's forced into hiding in a vacant mental asylum in the middle of nowhere with terrifying secrets of its own.
Daphne believed herself to still be in love with her ex-fiance, Kenneth, until she spends several days locked away in the asylum with Vito, the mob boss' son. Can she put the terrifying events that occurred there behind her and allow herself to pursue a relationship with Vito? Or, will she return to Kenneth who has turned his back on his country by becoming a draft dodger and a black market racketeer? One thing's for sure, it won't matter if she can't escape the mental institution alive.
Queen of Hearts at Desert Breeze Publishing
Queen of Hearts for Kindle at Amazon
Youtube: Queen of Hearts Book Trailer
Sunday, May 09, 2010
An Interview with K. Dawn Byrd author of 'Queen of Hearts'
Award Winning author Tina Pinson resides in Grand Junction, Colorado with Danny, her husband of thirty-five plus years. They are blessed to have three sons, and nine grandchildren. It is her prayer that her stories, though fiction, will transport you to worlds beyond and touch your spirit and give you a closer insight to yourself and God.