Hi Everyone! Thanks for visiting. Today I'm delighted that author K.Dawn Byrd will be visiting with us and discussing her writings. She is the author of "Killing Time," just released by Desert Breeze Publishing.
RA: Hi K. Dawn, it’s nice to have you today. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
KDB: I am an author of inspirational romance and romantic suspense. Queen of Hearts, a WWII romantic suspense released on April 1 and was a bestseller for Desert Breeze Publishing during its debut month. Killing Time, a contemporary romantic suspense will release August 1, also with Desert Breeze Publishing.
I’m an avid blogger and give away several books per week on my blog at http://www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com, most of which are signed by the authors. My blog spots include not only information on the books, but also author interviews.
When not reading or writing, I enjoy spending time with my husband of 15 years while walking our dogs beside a gorgeous lake near our home and plotting the next story waiting to be told.
RA: That’s sweet! My husband and I just celebrated our 13th anniversary. How long have you been writing? What’s the most rewarding aspect of it?
KDB: I’ve been writing for about three years. The most rewarding aspect to me is the friendships I’ve made along the way. I’ve made some fabulous internet friends and I appreciate them so much.
RA:You have a new release. For those who haven’t read the book yet, would you tell us a little about it?
KDB: My new release will be the second book I’ve had hit it the market this year, but actually the first book I wrote. It’s called Killing Time, which is a play on words due to the fact that my heroine is wrongly accused and incarcerated.
RA: What was the inspiration behind your book?
KDB:Not too many years ago, I worked as a counselor in a jail. I’ve always wanted to write a novel and after working at the jail, I thought that maybe I’d like to write a book set in one. I began jotting down notes pertaining to the environment (sights, sounds, odors), and before I knew it, characters had formed in my mind begging me to tell their story.
RA: That’s so interesting! In my upcoming release, “Light of the Heart,” the heroine volunteers in a prison. Could you tell us what to expect in any other books you’ll be releasing?
KDB:I have three more novels finished, but am unsure of what I’ll publish next. Currently, I have one other book on the market, Queen of Hearts, which was released by Desert Breeze in April. It’s also a romantic suspense, but set during WWII. It’s had some fabulous reviews. You can check them out on Amazon.
RA: Do you plot your stories in advance, or just start writing and see where the story goes? Plotter or panster, I guess!
KDB:I am very much a plotter, so much so that I don’t even go to the grocery store without a list. (grin) I start with a pretty intensive plot and then begin to develop my characters from a character worksheet. Once I feel like I know as well as I know my friends, I began to write their story.
RA: Do you belong to a writer’s group? Have you in the past?
KDB: I’m proud to be a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and am looking forward to attending their annual conference for the first time this year.
RA: Oh, that ought to be fun! ACFW is such a nice group. Speaking of traveling, what role does the geographical location play in your storylines?
KDB: Queen of Hearts is set in New York in 1945. As the story evolves, my heroine leaves New York City and goes into hiding in an abandoned mental institution in the country. Killing Time could be set in any small town in the United States. My heroine is incarcerated in a regional jail and returns to small-town life upon release.
RA: For plot development, have your methods changed since you began writing? How?
KDB: My method of plotting has changed somewhat in that I rely more heavily on character development and less so on story boards. The thing that I find amazing is that sometimes my characters take me in a different direction than I’d initially headed. I love it when that happens.
RA: I know what you mean! Outside of your writing life, is there something you would like to advocate through your writing?
KDB: I write inspirational fiction and even though my novels are not preachy, there’s always at least one character who is a Christian. For example, in Killing Time, Mindy McLaurin is a very strong Christian. When she is falsely accused and incarcerated, she must rely on her faith in God to see her through.
RA: Who is your favorite author and why?
KDB: Gosh…I love James Patterson’s romance. Sundays at Tiffany’s, Sam’s Letters to Jennifer, and Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas are among my favorites. Also, anything by Michelle Sutton, especially Danger at the Door.
RA: That’s fascinating. I wish we could talk all day. Thank you so much for sharing with us and for visiting today, K Dawn. Good luck with your releases and please come back again soon!
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