I recently had a wonderful lunch meeting with author Dawn Kinzer. We met a few years ago when I first joined Northwest Christian Writers Association. At my very first meeting, when I was standing there feeling out of place and awkward, she reached out to me and made me feel welcome. Don’t you just love people like that? Since then, we cross paths at monthly meetings and conferences, but I wanted a chance to get to know Dawn better as a person and an author.
Like many of us, Dawn found a love for writing at a young age. Her creativity with words manifested itself in many different ways through the years: from writing for her high school newspaper, to short stories, devotionals, full-length plays, blogging, and this fall, the first two historical romance novels in her series: The Daughters of Riverton.
Dawn began to take her writing seriously about ten years ago. She has attended many writing conferences and belongs to several writing associations, to include the Northwest Christian Writers Association and the American Christian Fiction Writers. She originally thought she was writing women’s fiction, but found she is greatly enjoying the research involved in writing historical romance. Not content to just write a wonderful story, she wants to get every historical detail just right. As a reader, I love that attention to detail.
Dawn feels she writes in partnership with her husband, Sonny, who gives her support and encouragement. They make decisions together.
Check Dawn’s beautiful website and subscribe to her newsletter for her FREE short story, Maggie’s Miracle. Did I just say FREE?
Dawn recommends several books for writers: Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson, Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors by Kathy Ide, and The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style.
She shares these words of wisdom for aspiring authors, “Don’t underestimate yourself. Follow the path to publishing that feels right for you. Although our writing lives may have similarities, no two journeys will be exactly the same, so try not to make comparisons.” On the dreaded writer’s block, Dawn recommends a healthy dose of daydreaming to chase it away.
Dawn’s life is busy and full as a mom, grandma, freelance editor and writer. I asked how she finds time to write each day, and Dawn encouraged me to try to consistently write a page a day.
Look for Dawn’s books: Sarah’s Smile in October of 2016, and Hope’s Design in November of 2016. You won’t want to miss them!