Check out this author spotlight for A. C. Dawn!
You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
A.C. Dawn is an active and enthusiastic author and reader of short stories, novellas, and novels. She enjoys bringing her characters to life and strives to stir the imagination of her readers. She believes the best writing touches the reader in ways they hadn’t expected and will never forget!
So, that’s the official bio…
Really, I’m a lover of chocolate, a strong jaw line with a 5 o’clock shadow, and romances that make your heart pound and your middle get all squishy. I love quiet country living on my north Georgia farm with my family and fur babies of all shapes and sizes. I think the scariest thing in life is how fast my daughter is growing and an empty coffee pot. I can’t stand slow drivers in the fast lane and wimpy handshakes.
I’ve been writing for about three years. I cut my teeth as a ghost writer and have been proudly self-publishing for over a year under my own name. I write mythological fantasy with a hint of romance, dash of humor, and lots of adventure and interesting characters.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Cat or dog? I love all critters. If it has a tail, I love it, even the ones with scales.
Tea or coffee? COFFEE… all the time, any time. Cream and sugar- yes please!
Witches or wizards? Is there a difference?? I am all in favor of any and all things magical!
Mountains or beaches? Mountains! I love the forests, the majesty, and the stillness. Plus- I hate sand that gets everywhere and frying slowly in the heat.
Plotter or pantser? Self-identified PLANTSER! I always have a skeleton draft with the scenes mapped out, but often what happens to get to the end point of the scene is as much a surprise to me as to those who read it.
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
I love epic fantasy. Sweeping stories that I can sink into and immerse myself in the world always call to me. I also love a strong hero and heroine who respect each other’s strengths and are each other’s weaknesses.
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I write mythological fantasy. I use a lot of characters from various different mythologies and wind them into my stories. I also write myth retellings where I take a myth and twist it round to make it into something new.
I am currently working on a novella that will be next in series with Dark Song as I draft its sequel—Final Verse. I also have a Samhain/Halloween novella that I will be releasing this fall about a witch, a vampire king, and old legends come to life with the magic of Samhain.
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
Just this month I released a book called Dark Song about Ciara, a siren whose song carries destruction, chaos, and death. She struggles to learn how to contain her deadly verse after she is separated from her family and Dougan, her mate. it includes both her point of view as she comes into an understanding of her song and the point of view of her lost love who goes on an epic journey fighting his way back to her.
One of the things I love most about this story is that it includes various myths and legends from lots of different cultures. I also enjoy exploring Ciara’s personal struggles for her journey is more internal while contrasting that to Dougan and his physical journey across the oceans in a high seas pirate adventure. https://books2read.com/darksong
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
I get a lot of ideas from reading about history. they say that truth is stranger than fiction, and the history books are full of unusual tales to stir the imagination.
For fictional sources, I often turn to mythology stories and music. For example, my book Dark Song is based on a folk song called The Maid on the Shore. It told the story of a young woman who was destined to live all alone, walking the shoreline. A pirate captain tries to make her his own because of her beauty. She sings the pirate crew to sleep and then robs them blind. I loved her strength and cleverness and she was the first inspiration for Ciara’s character.
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
I do my best writing early in the morning. It’s a bit of a juggle because I do have a day job and the farm. But as many days as I am able, I sit down and put some focus music in my ears, make sure my coffee cup is full and dive in to the story. I typically spend my time away from my manuscript dreaming and scheming about the next scene. When I sit down to write, I already know what needs to happen. The words typically flow pretty easily from there. I also write whatever story I am in the mood to write. I always have multiple works in progress so something will call to me.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
I think I would tell my earlier self to have the confidence to skip the ghostwriting and write for myself. My ghostwriting period taught me a lot, helped me hone my craft and process, and gave me confidence that I could actually write something that people wanted to read. However, when I think of all of the words that I wrote for someone else, I can’t help but wish they for my name instead.
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!
The best way to reach me is through my newsletter. I respond to all my email messages!