MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR DAWN SULLIVAN!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Dawn Sullivan, and I write Paranormal Romance, Contemporary/Romantic Suspense, and Young Adult books.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I’ve been asked before how I come up with my ideas, but there really is no easy answer. I could be watching a television show, and an idea for a book will begin to form. Or a song on the radio could get my creative mind flowing. There are so many things that spark new ideas, and I run with them!
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Everything I write has to have some kind of action and suspense in it, because that is what I love to read. I’m the type of person who would prefer to watch an action movie than a romantic comedy. So, I write what I love.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
With any book, you have to do your research. Most of mine contain weapons of some sort, so I’ve spent a lot of time figuring out what kind of guns law enforcement carry, along with other things about throwing stars and swords. I also have to research the places I have my characters live or visit. I make up most of my towns, but I have them near other well-known cities, so I need to know things about them.
Can you tell me about your Series?
I have four series out right now. Two are Paranormal Romance, RARE and White River Wolves. RARE is a mercenary group who take on missions that no one else wants, and don’t stop until the job is done. In the first book, they accept a mission to find and rescue the niece of the White River Wolves alpha who was kidnapped. From then on, the series are intertwined, and the are centered around hunting down an evil maniac known as the General. There is a lot of action, suspense, and claiming of mates in these books!
The next series is Serenity Springs. This one is centered around the Caldwell siblings in the small town of Serenity Springs, Texas. There are sexy cowboys, suspense, and men who would do anything for the women they love.
My last series is a Young Adult one called Chosen by Destiny. I am writing this series for my daughter, and currently just have the first book, Blayke, out. This one has vampires, vampire hunters, and magic!
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I love all of my characters, so I can’t say that I have a favorite book. Although, I do claim Phoenix in RARE as my book boyfriend!
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
This one goes with a question above. Anything can spark a creative idea. I just roll with it when it comes.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Also, the same as one of the other questions above. I have to research weapons, location, etc.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes, I love reading and writing series. I always have to know what each person’s story is.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I actually have a full time job-so typical for me would be working that job during the day, then spending time with my kiddos after that, normally until they go to bed, and then I hide in my office and write. I don’t set a daily writing goal, because I never know when I am going to make it to my office. Not only that, but I can only write when my characters are talking. If they aren’t, I spend time promoting, networking, and I love to hang out in my reader’s group. The people in it are great!
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I do! I tend to work on several things at once. Right now, I have Rikki’s Awakening, which is the 6th book in my RARE series, Sable’s book which is the 4th in my White River Wolves(no title, yet), Bellame the second book in my Chosen By Destiny Series, and two more that are surprises.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Sometimes, they have special meaning, but normally I pick a name because, to me, it fits the character. I tend to write what I call badass characters, both male and female, so I try to find stronger names. And I love unique names.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I actually write in several genres. I write what comes to me. I even have some Christian Romance out under a pen name.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
When my characters aren’t talking. When they aren’t telling their story, there is nothing for me to write, and I hate that. I’m at my happiest when the words are flowing.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love them! My PA, Jessica, has done some for me, and I think they are great! I have bought several books from other authors after watching their trailers.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
My best accomplishment would be my three children. They are everything to me. If you are asking with my writing- I would say, having the courage to publish my first book, Nico’s Heart.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Sharing my stories with others. I love talking to readers, and hearing what they think. There are so many who want to hunt the General in my RARE Series down themselves, and I love hearing that!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully, still sharing my stories and writing full time.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes! I’ve been an avid reader since I was a child, and I’ve always loved to come up with stories of my own.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Never give up, and always chase your dreams! You never know what could happen. I never would have thought ten years ago that I would have 16 books out right now, but I chased my dreams, and I am loving where I am at.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I am an escrow closer for a title company. If you buy/sell/refinance a house, I am the person who does the figures and goes over the documents with you. I like my job, so that’s what I would do if I couldn’t write.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read them! I never respond, but I love all of them. In my eyes, there are never any ‘bad’ reviews. Those are reviews for me to learn from.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
My least favorite part is editing and revising. I love writing, but not editing so much. It just isn’t for me. I want to finish a book, and then move onto the next one, but that isn’t how it works.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Here is a small excerpt from Rikki’s Awakening, RARE Book 6
Rikki cried out in pain as fire raced through her veins. Her back arched off the bed and she dug her fingers into the stark white sheets she lay on. A thin layer of sweat coated her skin, and tears streamed down her face as she felt an inferno heat ravage her from within. She struggled to figure out what was happening while the pain slammed through her.
“What’s going on? What’s wrong with her?” Rikki heard a soft voice question urgently right before she let out another loud, piercing scream. Fear consumed her when it felt as if her body was being turned inside out.
“She’s trying to shift,” another voice said harshly. “Dammit, Angel is out of the country on a mission. Hurry! You need to get Chase. We need an alpha here, now!”
Where did your love of books come from?
I’ve always loved to read. You hardly ever see me without a book or my kindle. When I was younger, I used to raid my mom’s romance books, and read them by the light in the hallway until my parents came to bed.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I love Christine Feehan, JR Ward, Lora Leigh, Milly Taiden, and so many more! I can read Christine Feehan’s Dark Series over and over.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I don’t really have a favorite, but if I had to choose one, I would say Phoenix in my RARE Series. He is strong, badass, and loves to blow things up! There isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his friends, those he considers family, and his mate.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Energize! It is so awesome spinning my stories! I love it!
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Haha I am different than most authors. A lot of them love to listen to music or watch TV while they write, but I can’t. I have to have silence. I hide out in my office, and let the words flow.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have several author friends, but the ones I talk to the most are Annelise Reynolds, Jamie White, and Tiffany J. West. They have become very good friends of mine, and are very supportive in everything I do. Annelise pushes me to write more, Jamie proof reads everything I write, and Tiffany is there to encourage me with everything. They are wonderful women, and I am so glad we became friends.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The Perfect Life- because my life is perfect for me.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Reader’s Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AuthorDawnSullivansRARERebels/
RARE and White River Wolves landing page: http://tinyurl.com/y9vqvxp5
Serenity Springs: http://www.dawnsullivanauthor.com/serenity-springs-series.html
Chosen By Destiny: http://www.dawnsullivanauthor.com/ya-series.html
MINI BIO: I have a wonderful, supportive husband and three beautiful children. I enjoy spending time with all of them, which normally involves some baseball, shooting hoops, taking walks, watching movies, and reading.
My passion for reading began at a very young age and only grew over time. Whether I was bringing home a book from the library, or sneaking one of my mom’s romance novels to read by the light in the hallway when we were supposed to be sleeping, I always had a book.
I read several different genres and subgenres, but Paranormal Romance and Romantic Suspense are my favorites.
I have always made up my own stories, and finally decided to start sharing them. I hope everyone enjoys reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️