Dawn Kopman Whidden is a native New York author who grew up in the close-knit community of Little Neck Douglaston during the baby boomer era. She graduated from Queensboro Community college. IN 1989 she traded in her days of living in the bustling city for a more serene and tranquil life on a small farm in the town of Bell, located in North Central Florida. In 2012 she followed her long time dream of becoming an author and wrote her first novel A CHILD IS TORN, followed by FACELESS: A MYSTERY. She shares her life and love with her husband and an adopted stray dog she named Casey. She has also been blessed with two beautiful grandchildren.
What inspires you to write?
Becoming an author has been a dream of mine since 3 rd grade…which was over a half century ago. I guess you can say I am a very late bloomer!
Tell us about your writing process.
i am a harem scarem author. I have no routine, no particular creative process. I can be lying in the tub and jump out because I have a thought and I will elaborate on it. It could be the end of the story or the middle or anywhere in the storyline.
I do write in bed though.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I think I am a closet schizophrenic. I believe that I am each and every characters. Bits and pieces of my subconsciousness.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t ever expect everyone to love your work and give it high marks. There are reviewers out there that will read your book even though they don’t like the genre. I think that’s crazy. It would be like asking me to rate a seafood restaurant. I don’t care how great the chef is, I don’t like fish! I could never say it’s a great meal.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
i original went with a subsidy small press. I wasn’t happy with the results of my second novel so I took friends advice and I went the self publishing route for my third.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the big houses are going the same route as the dinosaur which is sad. I think there value was in choosing high quality work. With anyone and everyone able to self publish the market is flooded and self published books get a bad rap.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Mystery, psychological thriller, fiction,
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print