About Dawn Pearson:
My name is Dawn Pearson, and I published under the pen name of Katja Aronsen. I’d like to tell you about my book, Seidrmaidens (Book One of the Wyrdfolk) that combines my two of my favorite topics: Norse myths and the battle between light and dark.
What inspires you to write?
Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allan Poe, Huey Howey.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process requires me to plan out at least several months of researching, brainstorming, mapping, developing characters, drafting, editing, and proofing. I also keep a journal of potential character names, book titles, font types, and images from magazines for inspiration. I’m an avid organizer and filofax-junkie, so I use my organizational skills to create my own personal book writing planner, where I chronologically list all tasks and deadlines associated with the book. I never quite feel like the chapter or draft is perfect or finished, but having a deadline helps me tremendously.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh, yes. I often have an internal narrative with my characters, typically when I commute to work. I also have the characters write the other characters a personal letter, which obviously wouldn’t end up in the book, but helps me map what the personal history is for each character and that helps me connect with them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Have fun. Don’t stress. Write and then write some more. Enjoy writing by purchasing a nice journal and pen, and carve out time to be alone and in a relaxing environment for a brief period of time regularly. Keep your writings private while you ruminate on what you are really trying to write about. Just keep exploring with your writing and avoid stressing out or critiquing your writing style or content. Focus on writing for progress, and avoid writing for perfection. Remember, that your writing should bring you joy, because the first person that you are writing for is yourself.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first book was self-published, and then I started working as an editor for a publisher. After editing several books, I decided to publish my own books with them. So far, I’ve published two books with this publisher, and its been a good experience because they take care of a lot of the details. If you are a new author, you should first proofread your book (or hire someone) carefully, then consider publishing as an ebook only. As a first-time author, I would recommend avoiding publishing in ebook and as a paperback, due to cost.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Publishing has changed dramatically in the last five years, and I anticipate further change. I still miss having a paperback, so I often buy them because I miss them. That being said, I love the convenience of ebooks, but I do lament the loss of bookstores.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: fiction paranormal thriller magick
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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