Every Friday I am going to try and to sit down with a different author for a Q & A session. I was lucky enough to snag the wonderful Trish Dawson for a few moments as my first victim 🙂
Short version: Vegetarian, Animal Rights Advocate, Tree Hugger, Wife & HS Mom to 2. When I’m not working out, I’m lost in a book, or writing one. 😉
Long Version: Trish was born and mostly raised in San Diego, California where she lives now with her family and pets. She’s been writing short stories and poetry since high school after an obsession with Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’. After over fifteen years of crazy dreams and an overactive imagination, Trish began her first book ‘I Hope You Find Me’ in December of 2011. When Trish isn’t writing, she’s homeschooling her amazing daughter and mildly autistic son, reading whatever she can get her hands on, or enjoying the Southern California sun. As a strict Vegetarian, Trish holds a special place in her heart for animal rights and dashes into the backyard weekly to rescue lizards and mice from her mini-lab/cocker spaniel mixed dog, Zoey…who is always getting into some sort of trouble.
When did you start writing and why?
Oh…I think I started writing creatively just after I became a double digit, but formally? I had a great 10th grade English teacher…Mr. Kirk. He told me to never stop writing and I didn’t. I let the fact that life was busy and stressful keep me from being productive with it until just last year. I’m working on my third and fourth books. Amazing what can happen in a year, isn’t it? 🙂
If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?
I have two children, both under ten years old so they effect EVERYTHING I do, not just writing! lol They are my biggest writing distractions, but also my biggest writing inspirations. I was having a conversation with my daughter once some time last year about how I wanted to one day write a book. You know what she told me? “Then why don’t you do it, Mom?” We are always telling our kids to reach for the stars…it was time for me to practice what I preach!
Who is your favorite author and why?
This is a super easy question for me to answer: Stephen King. Why? I read my first King book, It, when I was 12. And though I am scarred for life when it comes to gutters, I couldn’t get enough of it. No matter what he writes, I get sucked in. The man has an imagination that is just out of this world.
What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
I’ve already accomplished it! My goal with my first book was to just see it finished. The next goal became simply publishing it. Now I’m blessed to get positive feedback from friends, or friends of friends, or mom’s of friends of friends of friends. lol Anything more is just icing on the cake.
Traditional or Self publishing? Why?
I chose to self publish because I was impatient. I didn’t want a publishing house to hold my book for a year or more, after making me tweak the heck out of the story. I’m not knocking traditional publishing…because their job is to make your work the best it can be, but I love being in charge of each step. It makes me feel more connected to the book.
Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing.
Oh, give me a second. A giggling fit is threatening to overcome me. Okay…I can continue now. I am a new published Author but I have learned a tremendous amount from other Indie friends and research. It’s been a wild ride, and I’m still very much fastened into the front seat of the roller coaster, riding out the highs and lows with a manic grin stretched across my face. I’m sure the journey is slightly different for everyone but the most rewarding part for me has to be the people I have met in the Indie Author community. Like you, Miss Allison!
Tell us about your books.
I have two published books available. They are very different from each other. The first is called I Hope You Find Me, and is an Urban Fantasy with a Paranormal twist. The main character, Riley, is left alone in San Diego after a global viral outbreak has killed everyone she knows. The book is about the human elements of being a parent and losing your family, moving on and fighting to survive. And there are ghosts that just won’t leave. This is Volume 1 of the Find Me series.
The second book I wrote is a Young Adult Fantasy called Dying To Forget, which explores the possibility of an after-life for people who are given the chance to return to Earth as the subconscious for someone who needs an extra voice in their head. It’s Volume 1 of The Station series.
I’m working on the second books for both of these right now.
What inspired you to write these books?
They both came from dreams. I am a lucid dreamer and my dreams are vivid and stick around. Some just won’t leave me alone, like a toe nail fungus or something. Last year some creative switch in my brain just flipped and I put my dreams to paper…or to the computer, and I Hope You Find Mewas born. Dying To Forget happened the same way, I woke up from a dream and knew it would be a story I would have to tell.
Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?
I’m a woman, and both of my main characters are women. I believe that a woman can be just as strong as a man…if not more so in some circumstances, yet my characters are realistically flawed. I think any mother out there could relate very well to Riley, from I Hope You Find Me, since she is a parent and suffers with the guilt of surviving her children and moving on. And Piper from Dying To Forget…well, she is hopefully relatable to a wide age range of people that have been depressed or suffered the loss of a loved one. I love them both, they are like my fictional sisters.
Do your books have a soundtrack?
Oh, heck yeah! Both do in my mind. I devote a new music play list for each of my writing projects, but I couldn’t possibly list it all here.
I think the Find Me series would do well with Civil Twilight’s,Letters From The Sky as a good intro song and Punching In A Dream by The Naked And Famous would have to be in there.
As for The Station series…hmmm…The Funeral by Band Of Horses is the first thing that sticks out and Jessie J’s Who You Are.
Music feeds my writing soul. I could not write without my tunes.
A big thank you to Trish for taking the time out to spend with us!