Please welcome today's guest, Dawn Chartier! Make sure to read to the end because she's kindly giving away one copy, reader's choice, of either Diamonds or Not an Angel to one lucky winner.
1. Tell us about yourself.
Dawn Chartier never knew she wanted to be a writer while growing up. Sure her parents owned a book shop, and she was surrounded by bookworms, but she wasn’t one of “those” writers who started early. No, Dawn was inspired by strange events in her life, one was a bitch named, Katrina. Yes, that hur-ricane. But a few months before the storm, Dawn read an article on Marie Laveau in the New Orleans local newspaper and it sparked an idea. She began researching the voodoo priestess, and then Katrina hit. Out of destruction, ideas formed, characters spoke and plots twisted. One thing lead to another and an author was born. (Must have been something in the air, because a few authors were born out of Katrina’s wrath.)
Dawn Chartier sold her first paranormal romance book, (Not An Angel) to The Wild Rose Press, and her second book, a contemporary erotic romance (Diamonds) to Siren BookStrand. Dawn is a member of RWA, Sola-Writers, FF&P and Savvy Authors. You can find her chatting on Twitter and Facebook when she’s not buried inside of a book or writing her next one.
She now lives near New Orleans with her husband, two daughters, two golden retrievers, and plenty of wildlife.
2. How long did it take you to get published?
I’d would say it took me four years once I seriously started writing. Most of those four years it was learning the craft, and I’m still learning so much.
3. How long does it take for you to write a book?
That depends on the book size, and if the book is a series or not. Some series are harder to write than others depending the Arc.
Sure. My latest release is a contemporary erotic romance. More along the lines of a fun quick beach read with a little suspense thrown in. (See blurb below)
Self-made millionaire Holly Charleston has come a long way since her homeless days. Sometimes, she believes life would have been simpler before fortune and fame. With every man she meets imagining dollar signs, she yearns for the one man who sees the real Holly. A mysterious wealthy stranger may be the one, but she must control her sexsomnia and trust issues if she hopes for a real chance at love.
Professional thief Drake Davenport is ready to begin an honest life. However, his last assignment leads him to steal the heart diamond necklace from a woman known as Ms. Frost. But Holly guards her heart close and her assets closer. Once Holly thaws to Drake's seduction attempts, he finds himself in a position of protecting her from a hired mercenary or living the life he believes he earned. Drake realizes the challenge of stealing the diamond is nothing compared to the challenge of stealing Holly's heart.
5. What inspired your new release?
Well my husband and I were riding around Florida looking to purchase a condo. We stumbled upon a very exclusive neighborhood on the beach, and my mind started taken me on that “What if?” road. That’s how all my stories start. “What if those millionaire people in those homes were miserable? What if a lonely millionaire woman fell in love with the guy who robbed her? See how that works. lol
6. What do you have in the works next?
There are a few books in the works. The book that is driving me most insane right now is Buried Magic, a paranormal romance witch series. I’m also working on the next in the Stiletto Millionaire Club series book, called Pearls. And when I can, I work on the second novel in the Poryria Vampire series. Yes. Lots on my plate.
7. What is your advice to aspiring authors?
That’s easy. Don’t write too many series at once. Lol It’s really hard to give advice because every author has to find her own path that works for her/him. A few books that helped me though are Goal, Motivation & Conflict by Debra Dixon, and also Writing The Breakout novel by Donald Maas. Sometimes critique groups help, and attending writer meetings and conferences could help too. Most important out of all advice though is to never give up. Rejections are a part of the process. If you get rejected send it to someone else, and so on. Never. Give. Up.
Visit Dawn's website. Buy Diamonds. Buy Not an Angel.
Leave a comment telling us which book you'd want to read of Dawn's (and include your email address) before Friday at noon EST for your chance to win. The winner will be announced Friday and contacted through email. Good luck everyone, and thanks once again for visiting, Dawn!