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Clare writes inspirational romance, usually of a suspenseful nature. Her books are available through her publisher Pelican Book Group and Amazon. She is married with three kids and lives in the UK. She loves watching sci-fi, crime drama, cross stitching, reading and baking.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Guest Author - K. Dawn Byrd

Today we welcome author K. Dawn Byrd on the release day for her new YA novel
Mistaken Identity

How did you come up with your premise? Is there a story behind your book? How did the story evolve?

The Passion Behind the Story:

I admire Christian teenagers who take a stand for God so much. Life isn't easy for them in today's world. The idea for Mistaken Identity novel came to me when I wondered what would happen if a Christian girl and her non-Christian best friend fell in love with the same guy. To sweeten the plot, the best friend is a "wild child" who is popular with the guys if you know what I mean. Who will win the guy? My Christian good girl or the gorgeous best friend?

This book is dedicated to Christian young women who strive to live for Christ and wonder at times if it's worth it all. Temptation seems to come from all sides and sometimes it's hard to make the right decision. May God bless you richly as you carry on...

For those who are not familiar with this story, would you please give us the blurb?

Eden Morgan longs for a boyfriend of her own, an impossible goal when her best friend, Lexi Branson, gets all the attention and all the guys. When they fall in love with the same guy, Eden believes she doesn't have a chance. She can only hope that sometimes the good girl gets the guy.

When will it be released?

Mistaken Identity will release on June 15 from Desert Breeze Publishing.

My Review:

In a different colour so it stands out :-)

I loved Mistaken Identity. I read it in one sitting, so engrossed that the toast burned and milk boiled over as I read. Eden faces all the problems young Christian girls do today. Short skirts, make up, protective parents (and yes I’m one of those dreaded protective parents who ban her daughters from wearing belts or pelmets – aka short skirts). And when she does finally fall for a boy, admittedly a slightly older boy, not only does she have to worry about what her parents will think, her BF, Lexi falls for him too. Problem is what Lexi wants, Lexi gets.

A book for parents and teenagers alike, this one deals with important issues as well as having an engaging storyline, loveable characters and enough nail biting moments to keep you rooted to the pages and wondering about the characters after the last page is turned.

4½ / 5

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Myrtle Beach, SC during the winter and in the mountains during the summer. I love the mountains, but am not fond of snow. I adore the ocean, but not the southern heat and tourist season.

What’s your favourite colour?

It depends on what it is. If it's an automobile, silver. If it's clothing, black, which hides a multitude of flaws. Recently, I've developed a love of pink.

What music groups/artists blast from your CD player while you write?

None. Unfortunately, I must have total peace and quiet when I write.

Name some of your most favourite things.

My hairless Chinese Crested dogs. My Dell netbook. My BlackBerry.

What got you interested in writing?

I've always been an avid reader and it seemed to be the next logical step.

What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?

Don't quit. If you enjoy writing, keep on. I write simply for the joy of placing words on the page. Have fun with it!

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

I read the entire chapter before the one I'm stuck on.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

A quickly moving plot keeps me reading. I also enjoy a book that allows me to turn my internal editor off. Point of view should remain consistent and there should be very little backstory.

Are you working on anything at the present you’d like to share with us?

I'm editing my October release. This Time for Keeps is a contemporary romance about a woman who becomes engaged to another man the night the long lost love of her life sweeps back into town.

How do you come up with the titles to your books?

I'm horrible with titles. I usually ask my husband to come up with one.

Describe your writing space.

I don't really have one space. I hop all over the house with my trusty netbook.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I've always been an animal lover and wanted to be a veterinarian, but when I discovered I'd have to actually "doctor" sick dogs, I decided I couldn't handle the trauma that came with it such as taking care of dogs hit by cars.

Do you really, really want a dog?

I have two hairless Chinese Cresteds that I love very much. I can't imagine life without them.

Do you hate how you look in pictures?

I don't make good pictures at all. I can't think of even one that I can say is good.

What were you doing at midnight last night?

Sleeping. I'm a migraine sufferer and keeping my sleep regulated helps to control them. To bed at 11:00 and up at 6:00 even on weekends.

Have you ever eaten a crayon?

Not that I recall, but my Grandma said that I must have had an iron shortage in my body as a child because I licked the iron door hinges at her house.

What is your favourite animal?

Dogs, especially my hairless Chinese Cresteds, Ponchee and Zippy.

Have you ever cried during a movie?

All the time. I'm very soft hearted. I try to avoid movies that look sad because I hate to cry.

Do you sleep with the light on?


What is your favourite pizza?

Lots of veggies and cheese.

1 comment:

Gail Pallotta said...

Your book sounds like a wonderful book for teens to read. Congratulations and best wishes for lots of sales.