Friday, January 20, 2012

Interview with K. Dawn Byrd and giveaway of her book


Leave a comment to possibly win a free download of this book--include contact information.

Why do you write the kind of books you do?

I write for the simple joy of placing words on the page. Writing is more than a hobby, it's a passion. I write the kinds of books I do because I enjoy writing them.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
The happiest day of my life is when I married my husband. We've been married sixteen years and our love is still going strong.

How has being published changed your life?

Being published has changed my life by making me much busier than I've ever been. Marketing takes a lot of time.

What are you reading right now?

Actually, I'm not reading anything because I'm knee deep in writing my June release, the second book in the Zoe Mack Mystery Series.

What is your current work in progress?

As I stated above, I'm working on the second book in the Zoe Mack Mystery series. It's called Fatal Attraction. Please keep an eye on my website for updates.

What would be your dream vacation?

I'm not much of a traveler. I don't like to step too far outside of my comfort zone. We vacation two times in a year in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and I absolutely love it.

How do you choose your settings for each book?

First, I develop a plot and my characters. The setting seems to come naturally out of this knowledge.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?

The author, Lisa Jackson because I love her suspense novels.

What three things about you would surprise readers?

1) I own two hairless Chinese Crested dogs.
2) I used to ride a Harley, but sold it to have more time for writing.
3) I'm an aquarist and raise a variety of tropical fish.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?

Painting in watercolor and oils. Walking my dogs. Taking long rides through the country as a passenger in my husband's Corvette Stingray.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?

My most difficult obstacle is finding the time to write. I work full-time and also at least one day of most weekends on call. I overcome this by mapping out my daily word count on a calendar and sticking to it. If I write 2,000 words a day, I'll have 60,000 words at the end of most months.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Don't write for fortune or fame because it may never come. Write as I do, for the simple joy of placing words on the page.

Tell us about the book.

Here's my cover blurb: Zoe's cousin Emma thinks she's the recipient of some sick joke when an old boyfriend she thought dead shows up on the internet. Can Zoe solve the mystery that's causing Emma so much pain when her attraction to the town bad boy is so distracting?

When Zoe Mack moves in with her grandparents to start college, she's thrown into more mystery than she bargained for. Her cousin, Emma, is terrorized by a stalker who breaks into her house and leaves a photo-shopped image of Emma hanging from a tree. Nothing is as it seems and Emma soon learns that even the man she thinks she can trust is suspect.

Zoe can't wait to reunite with Nate, the bad boy who doesn't talk about his feelings much, but the passionate kiss he gave her last summer had to have meant something. When she arrives back in town and discovers that he's in trouble with the law, she must take matters into her own hands in order to clear his name. She has her hands full with a needy Emma, a cop who gives her the creeps, and Nate, the guy she desperately wants to call her own. Can Zoe solve the mystery, clear Nate's name, and make him fall in love with her?

What do you want readers to take away from the book?

I want readers to simply enjoy the mixture of romance and mystery. They're seldom found together. The primary focus of this book is to entertain readers with a smart, spunky, young heroine who is a good role model.

What one question would you like us to ask your readers?

Zoe Mack is afraid of two things. Crickets and blood, which makes her faint. What are you afraid of?

Tell us about the giveaway you’re offering.

I'm giving away a gift card for a free download.



Bio:
K. Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational romance and romantic suspense with five books published so far. Recently, she tried her hand at young adult fiction and found that she really enjoyed writing it. Three books in the Zoe Mack Mystery Series are scheduled to release January, June, and December 2012. Shattered Identity, the sequel to Mistaken Identity, will release in April.

K. Dawn Byrd is an avid blogger and gives away several books per week on her blog at www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com, most of which are signed by the authors. She's also the moderator of the popular facebook Christian Fiction Gathering group at http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=128209963444.

When not reading or writing, K. Dawn Byrd enjoys spending time with her husband of 16 years while walking their dogs beside a gorgeous lake near her home and plotting the next story waiting to be told.

Links:
Website: www.kdawnbyrd.com
Blog: www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com and www.zoe-mack.blogspot.com
Twitter: kdawnbyrd
Book trailer on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1aJrlR0fd4&context=C37a6c3aADOEgsToPDskI03937RSubxSN3pzKZqfrl

7 comments:

Margaret said...

Enjoyed the interview! Thanks for the giveaway!

Margaret
singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

Karen said...

Loved the interview, and the little known facts about the author like owning a Harley. I hope to win the book, but if I don't I hope to purchase it sometime. Sounds like a book I won't be able to put down until the last word. Thank you for sharing. Karen

Page After Page--A place to connect said...

I've exchanged emails with K. Dawn Byrd, and she has been a very wonderful person with whom to converse!! I hope I win this book, because, in all honesty, it sounds like just the kind of book that would hold my interest! However, if I don't win it.

Whoever does, I'm glad for you. I'm sure you will enjoy it.

Glenda Parker Fiction Writer said...

I really enjoyed your interview. It was a great post thanks for giving me a chance to win this book.

Glenda Parker
http://glendaparkerfictionwriter.blogspot.com

ihhcheryl said...

Hmm, don't know if I am suppose to answer this question ornot, but the thing that I am really afraid of is snakes. The way they move and everthing just reallymakes me squirm. Thanks for the great interview! Cheryl
ihhcheryl(at)comcast(dot)net

K. Dawn Byrd said...

Thanks for all the comments! Zoe Mack was so much fun to write and her love interest adds a lot to the story. I just love Nate.

K. Dawn Byrd said...

I've been working on book 2 in the Zoe Mack series all weekend and am having so much fun with it. It's called Zoe Mack and The Case of Fatal Attraction and will be out in June.