INTERVIEW: DAWN JASPER AUTHOR OF BEAUTIFUL DISASTERS & FAMILIAR STRANGERS
1. Where are you from? A little town called Rembert in South
2. Tell us your latest news? Well my debut novel “Beautiful
Disasters” was just released July 8th and the sequel is tentatively
scheduled for October.
3. When and why did you begin writing? I wrote a soap opera
when I was eight years old. I’ve always had an overactive imagination. If I
wasn’t reading something then I was writing something.
4. When did you first consider yourself a writer? Good
question. I never considered myself a writer until I got published. Before that
it was just a hobby, something to pass the time.
5. What inspired you to write your first book? I had a
stalking situation and I thought “Damn the truth really is stranger than
fiction!” I was going to write my first book about how everything went down but
one day I was sitting in music class and I wrote a conversation between two
people. I didn’t know their names, genders or anything. The only thing I knew
was they were sleeping with the same woman. Then the insomnia kicked in. From
there I started writing notes on Facebook. People were reading them and
actually liking them. I guess it was really my friends who eased me into
writing the book and getting it published.
6. Do you have a specific writing style? I don’t feel I have
a writing style per say. I’m still new to this so I don’t have rhyme or reason
just yet, I just write.
7. How did you come up with the title? My main characters are
exactly that “beautiful disasters”. People tend to assume that “beautiful” people
don’t have problems and that is so not the case. They aren’t immune to
destruction, they are just may be better hiding it than most…
8. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to
grasp? It maybe cliché but everything that glitters ain’t gold and every
beautiful face has a story to tell. The
thing about my book is there are so many messages that you could take from the
book but you have to open yourself up to find the one that you can relate too.
9. How much of the book is realistic? I based parts of the
book in and around my hometown so I used real places in the story but the whole
story is realistic. Any of it can happen to anyone.
10. Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in
your own life? I end up writing myself into every book I write (I’m working on
11) and occasionally close friends may slip in, well their characteristics do
11. What books have most influenced your life most? Wow
there are so many! I’ve been reading since I was three….Dr. Suess, Green Eggs
and Ham is my favorite hands down. Alice Walker, Danielle Steele, Steven King,
Dean Knootz, V.C. Andrews, Judy Blume, Zane, Mary B Morrison, Lillian Jackson
Braun, Eric Jerome Dickey, Vanessa Miller, Beverly Jenkins…this list really
could go on forever
12. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a
mentor? There is no way I could choose. There are so many I admire for
different reasons, there would be too much to learn so I could narrow it down.
13. What book(s) are you reading now? Airing Out Dirty Laundry by Latisha Patterson and Hard Times An Erotic Thriller by Tawayne
14. Are there any new authors that have grasped your
interest? I really loved Shakara Cannon’s
Can’t be Lifeand I can’t wait for the sequel. I’m trying my hardest to get
some more reading some in my spare time.
15. What are your current projects? I am working on the
sequel to BD “Familiar Strangers”
16. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of
17. Do you see writing as a career? That is my ultimate goal
18. If you had to do it all over again, would you change
anything in your latest book? Not one thing, I loved the whole experience and I
think it was very good for a first timer. Everything happens for a reason
19. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Watching soap operas with my Granny when I was
younger. I would rewrite them how I thought they should go
20. Can you share a little of your current work with us?
21. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in
your writing? My characters have a mind of their own and I pretty much have to
give them free will.
22. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really
strikes you about their work?
23. Do you to travel much promoting your book(s)? Slowly but
surely I’m getting out. I have 3 book signings scheduled the end of August down
24. Who designed the covers? Donna Osborne Clark did both
25. What was the hardest part of writing your book? Finding
the time to do it! I was working full time, in school full time and I have 3
kids. I guess having insomnia was a good thing, I felt like I had more hours in
26. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what
was it? It’s a lot more to it than simply writing a book. You have to get
aligned with the right people, people who are going to work with you not
against you. You need to do your research, ask questions. Nothing is going to
get handed to you and if it is be leery.
27. Do you have any advice for other writers? Everything is
not for everybody so instead of trying to be the next whomever work on being
the only you. No two authors are the same so find your niche and work with it.
28. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to
your readers? I want my readers to enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy
writing them. Place yourself in the book and just let go, you’ll be amazed at
what you’ll find