Hello ladies and gents,
(*insert much applause, etc., hehe*)
Today I’m interviewing Dawn Dagger, author of the novel My British Bear for her blog tour. I hope you enjoy the interview (and the included information about the book & tour).
About the Book
After two months of hell living with her uncle, Maria is ready to give up. She’s already lost everything, and has no one to hold on to. Stuck in a small town where she knows not a single person, and physically abused by her uncle, she sees no hope. The only respite she gets from the hits on all sides is the small coffee shop down the road.
An unlikely accident results in meeting a backwards British kid who is too polite and awkward for his own good. Maria starts to see a light in the darkness, but she’s also afraid of it.
She has had her heart broken before, a hundred times in a hundred ways, and she doesn’t know if she’s ready to love, ready to let go, or even ready to face the reality of things. She doesn’t know if she’s ready to open up again and be happy.
She doesn’t know if she’s ready to live.
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About the Author
Dawn Dagger has had a passion for reading and writing ever since she could remember. When she was six she drew and wrote her very own book, and though it hardly makes sense now, she was so proud. She has written many books, short stories, and poems since then, and continues to do so. Dawn placed highly in her two middle school years of Power of the Pen and even has her short story ‘The Haunting’ published in an anthology.
She admits she isn’t good at anything physical (except some ballroom dancing), or video games, but she does enjoy a nice game of Mario Kart, a trip fishing, or just a walk in the woods. She has a knack for taking pictures of whatever catches her eye; especially brightly colored flowers. Dawn is a sucker for a good fantasy book, lives off of coffee, and loves her wonderful family and friends, and her dedicated boyfriend, Nevin, who is just like a romance novel character.
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Welcome to Reveries Reviews, Dawn Dagger! Could you tell us a little about yourself and your book?
My name is Dawn, and I’ve been aspiring to become an author ever since I can remember. I have had other fleeting passions, but being an author is something I’ve always known I wanted to do. My British Bear is an adorable, clean romance novella set in a tiny town in Ohio. It’s a love story between someone abused and someone who doesn’t seem to have a care in the world.
Ooh, must be tough for both parties! I hope everything turns out all right! (Yes, I do realize I’m going to have to read the book to find out!)
Where did you get the idea for My British Bear?
I got the idea for My British Bear as a mix between a short story I had written and a friend’s story. She had the idea of an abused character falling in love with a cocky, couldn’t-care-less character. I wanted a story with a cute, awkward little British kid and a girl who’s been abused. I also wanted to write a clean romance novella because having ones with foreplay in it always made me scared my parents would find and I would get in trouble.
Yeah, I myself am not a fan of “hot” romances and all that. Just … nope. Sorry. Don’t want to read about that.
Are the characters based on people you know in real life?
The characters in this particular novella are not based off of anyone I know in real life, but I have done that before. Half of the characters just kinda inserted themselves, heh. Oh! Tiaz was based off of my younger brother. And Angel was based off of my friend Angel. Because I could. So two are based off of people I know.
“Half of the characters just kinda inserted themselves,” describes my life as an author … 😉
Other than writing (and blogging), what do you enjoy doing with your freetime?
I love fishing, drawing, animating, reading (of course), playing video and board games, and photography. I also enjoy playing with legos and trying to cosplay.
Whoa, lots of cool hobbies! I myself am a wannabe photographer.
If you could only read and write one genre for the rest of your life, what would that be?
Deep fantasy. Hands down. Fantasy can be so much fun. It can be a mix of real life and fantasy, like Percy Jackson, or it can just be pure fantasy like Throne of Glass or Lord of the Rings. Fantasy is incredibly fun to write as well, because there’s so many possibilities.
Ooh, cool! I don’t read enough of fantasy. I really do enjoy it when I do, though.
Finally, if you had to tell your fellow writers one thing about Pub Prep (preparing to publish a book), what would that be?
That it takes time, effort, and patience. You’ll have a week of completely busy replying and scheduling, and then two weeks of nothing. Of waiting. And then it’ll be busy all over again. So just be patient and make sure you have time to work.
Yes, it does take sooo much time and patience! But it’s worth it!
Even when bloggers are running late and won’t do what they promised to do. *gulps* *hides*
And … that’s about it. I hope you enjoyed this (belated) interview. Thank you for your patience with my crazy schedule and my forgetfulness overall, Dawn! You’re the best!