Monday, June 20, 2011

Welcome K. Dawn Byrd

Please join me in welcoming K. Dawn Byrd, author of inspirational romance and romantic suspense. Mistaken Identity, her first young adult romance released on June 15 from Desert Breeze Publishing. Queen of Hearts, a WWII romantic suspense released in April 2010 and was the bestselling book for her publisher during its debut month. Killing Time, a contemporary romantic suspense, released August 1, also with Desert Breeze Publishing. 

Hi Dawn, tell us about your book.
Mistaken Identity is my first young adult romance. Here's a little teaser from my publisher...

Eden Morgan longs for a boyfriend of her own, an impossible goal when her best friend, Lexi Branson, gets all the attention and all the guys. When they fall in love with the same guy, Eden believes she doesn't have a chance. She can only hope that sometimes the good girl gets the guy.

Who did you write the book for? 

I specifically wrote the book for the young Christian woman who is trying her best to live for God and wonders if it's worth it. I admire teenagers who make it known at school that they love God. It's not easy for them and we should give them more credit for showing God's love, grace, and mercy by living obedient lives.

Do you have a favorite part of the book?

The part I like best is the sweet, innocent romance between my young couple. She's sixteen and not had a boyfriend since elementary school. When she makes of list of six goals for the best summer ever, landing the guy of her dreams is on the top of the list. It was fun to watch them ease into romance, unsure of each others feelings. The hard part came when her gorgeous best friend who was not a Christian fell for the same guy and my heroine struggled with feelings of inadequacy.  

How does your husband feel about your writing?

My husband has always been very supportive of anything I choose to do.  He plays golf and I don't have the patience, so while he plays, I write. Writing is just a hobby, but one that I enjoy so much. Once I was asked if I'd want to write full-time and the answer was  and is "no." I don't want to have to worry about the next contract, the next paycheck,  etc and why would I want to when I have a day job that I love so much?  I write just for the absolute joy of putting words on the page. The fact that I've found a publisher who likes what I write is just icing on the cake.

Since you write for young adults, do you have any advice for young adults who write? 

My advice to young writers would be "NEVER GIVE UP!" Yes, I'm shouting at you. Writing is hard work, but you'll get better with every book. The first few probably will not be publishable material, but you can return to them one day and edit again. That's what happened with Mistaken Identity. I wrote it many years ago, way before I ever became serious about writing. I happened to run across it on an old flash drive, opened it up, and began editing. The rest is history.

**It's a Giveaway**

Dawn has been gracious enough to offer an ebook copy of Mistaken Identity to one lucky winner. Comment below for a chance to win. (You can comment on each of Dawn's interviews for a total of two entries).

Thank you for joining us, Dawn and best wishes for your writer's journey.


lgm52 said...

This sounds like an entertaining story. Would love to read it!

Jo said...

This does sound like a very interesting story. Please add me to the giveaway.


PriviesAndPrims said...

How blessed that she gets to do what she loves and not have any pressure of deadlines. :)

Would love to win.

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

apple blossom said...

sounds live a lovely book thanks please enter me

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Charlotte Kay said...

I follow her blog and would love to read her book!!!!!!
Thanks for the chance to win this book!

Many Blessings and Smiles:)
Charlotte Kay
charlovesmark at gmail dot com

Marianne said...

Would love to win this book. thanks for the chance, and for the interview and post, Shellie and Dawn. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

Christine Lindsay said...

Love the plot idea of this book. Wishing you much success with it, Dawn. Way-to-go !!!!

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Amy said...

Sounds like a really good book. Please enter me. Thanks

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Tracy Smith said...

I am learning to enjoy more YA fiction and I think this one would be very good. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

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Maureen said...

I would love to read this book!


Paige Queeny said...

I would adore winning a copy of this book! I haven't been able to find it at bookstore.
Thanks so much!!!

Amy Holbrook said...

I love how this book sounds. I love reading Christian Fiction and Young Adult books (I also still love reading Nancy Drew books), so this is definitely a good combo.


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