Friday, August 20, 2010

My Friend K. Dawn - Interview & Giveaway

Today let's welcome K. Dawn Byrd to talk about her latest e-book, Killing Time. She's graciously offered a t-shirt with the book cover on the front to one lucky reader, so please leave your comment below, with an email address where I can reach you. You must be a follower to enter.

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About K. Dawn Byrd

K. Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational romance and romantic suspense. Queen of Hearts, a WWII romantic suspense released in April and was the bestselling book for her publisher during its debut month. Killing Time, a contemporary romantic suspense, released August 1, both with Desert Breeze Publishing.

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.

When not reading or writing, K. Dawn Byrd enjoys spending time with her husband of 15 years, walking their dogs beside a gorgeous lake near her home while plotting the next story waiting to be told.

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About Killing Time

Mindy McLaurin, thinks it's the end of the world when she's incarcerated on trumped-up embezzlement charges. While in jail, she investigates the death of an inmate who allegedly died of an overdose. Mindy suspects foul play when her cellmate dies and she learns that both women had ingested the same drug. Mindy trusts no one, including Drew Stone, the handsome counselor she can’t stop thinking about. She faces many challenges, including constant interrogation by the Major and emotional abuse from the other inmates. Upon release, someone is stalking her and framing her for the murder. Can she prove to Counselor Stone that she’s innocent of all charges before she loses him forever?

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What's your latest book?


Killing Time
Desert Breeze Publishing, August 2010

It sounds intriguing! What's your favorite part of the story?

My favorite part of the story is my heroine's spiritual journey as she is wrongly accused and incarcerated. Even though she becomes angry with God at times, she remains strong in her faith.

I've wondered on occasion what I would do in such a situation. It would be such a trial--but through that, God so often reached us and teaches us! What was the hardest part to write?

The hardest part to write was the "show-down" scene toward the end. Without giving much away, I'll say that I rewrote it many times, attempting to bring the emotions and thoughts of Mindy onto the page as she's held against her will and almost murdered.

I rewrite my show-downs frequently, LOL. Gotta get it just right, right? What do you hope your readers will get out of the story?

I hope my readers will be encouraged as they experience my heroine's struggles. She's not perfect. As I mentioned earlier, she becomes angry with God, but she retains her faith. I hope that my readers will see that no matter what, God is with us, even in our darkest hour.

Is there a theme to this book?

The theme is that even though bad things happen to God's people, He is faithful. He is always there.

Amen to that! What's your favorite genre to write? To read?

My favorite genre to read and write is suspense. Throw in a little romance and we've got a deal. I especially like the books that have unexpected plot twists. Throw me a zinger! With my books, you can expect the unexpected.

Just what I like to hear! Zingers make the world go round. ;-) What are you reading right now—and what do you want to read next?

I'm busy reading and critiquing the work of a well known inspirational author. I'm her eyes before she sends her manuscript to her publisher. I enjoy reading books from my publisher, Desert Breeze Publishing, because their books are clean, well-written stories. I just finished Tina Pinson's Manor of the Ghost and really enjoyed it.

Another book that sounds so intriguing! (I need to get some more e-books now that we have a reader . . .) Okay, fun question. What's one of the oddest or most interesting things someone has ever said about you?

I'll throw out the most interesting, which was also the greatest compliment. While a student at Liberty University, I was required to take a Group Process class. In this class, the students are actually the counseling group members. At the end of the week-long group, we went around the circle and said goodbye to each other. The woman beside of me told me that I had the most calming voice that she'd ever heard and that she felt "safe" just sitting next to me. By "safe," she meant that she was able to share a particularly traumatic incident in her life.

Wow! Now we're all going to give you a call so we can hear this soothing voice . . . ;-) What would your dream office look like—and what does your REAL writing environment look like?

My husband is a TV person and I'm not. Unfortunately, I must have total peace and quiet when I write, which means that I have to write in another room. He remodeled a room in our 1920s house several years ago and turned it into a library for my book collection. At the moment, our kitchen is under renovation and all the building supplies are stacked in that room. I've been writing propped up in bed. I'll be glad to get my library/writing room back.

My hubby and I are much the same way, but I've had to learn to write with noise (two small children, you know). Here's hoping your get your space back soon! What lessons have you learned through the publication process that you wouldn't have guessed as a pre-published writer?

I've learned that marketing is a necessary evil that never ends. As a newbie author, I've put a lot of time into establishing a web presence. I never would have guessed how much time goes into filling out blog interviews. I'm not complaining...I'm thankful for every one! The only negative is that they take time away from my favorite pursuit, writing. Also, my blog takes time away from my writing schedule. Be sure and check it out. I give away three to five book a week, most of them signed by the author: www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com.


If someone were to give you $5,000 to spend on anything you wanted, what would you buy? (No saving of gifts to charities allowed!)

It wouldn't quite pay for the project I have in mind, but I'd use it to build a room on the back of our house. We hope to complete that project next summer since the kitchen is taking all of our time and energy this year.

What writing goal have you set for yourself that would be the hardest (or unlikeliest) but most rewarding to achieve?

Last year, I completed the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge. NaNoWriMo challenges authors to write 50,000 words and occurs every month in November. I plan to tackle it again this year. It was extremely difficult to complete that task due to life getting in the way, but I was successful. My April release, Queen of Hearts,was written during NaNoWriMo.

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Thanks for visiting! Readers, you can find K. Dawn Byrd's books fully linked for purchase at Desert Breeze Publishing. And don't forget to check out her blog at www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com.

Void where prohibited. Entry into the contest is considered verification of eligibility based on your local laws. Contest ends 8/26/10. Winners will have two weeks to claim prizes.

9 comments:

  1. Thanks for the opportunity!

    forsurveysonly at gmail dot com

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  2. I love romantic/suspense. This book sounds great. I'm going to have to add it to my list of books to read!

    s(dot)bofferding(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  3. I am a new follower. Enter me please!
    cparkins14 AT teancum.net

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  4. Please enter my name in your book giveaway. Thanks

    true_sheila at yahoo dot com

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  5. Suspense and Romance - ya gotta love it. Killing Time sounds like a great read and I would love to be entered to win a copy. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

    Smiles,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  6. thanks for the chance to 'wear' this t-shirt :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  7. Hello, everyone. Thanks for the comments.

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  8. What an interesting idea for a book! Yes, God is faithful...but doesn't always keep us from bad things. The t-shirt sounds great!

    derekannette at gmail dot com

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  9. Please include me in this giveaway! :) I am a follower! Congrats on the new book!!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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