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Today we have the privilege of visiting with Dawn Cahill. Dawn’s new novel, Sapphire Secrets, puts her heroine in a position to reevaluate everything she’s ever believed to be true. This sounds intriguing! Here’s a quick summary.
Twins Livy and DeeDee McCreary open a dance studio in honor of their late mother, whom they lost when they were six. Problem is, Livy remembers nothing of the day her mother died. The more she questions her family about that awful day, the more she suspects she’s been lied to all her life. While she’s seeking answers to what really happened, she keeps crossing paths with handsome engineer Scott Lorenzo, who compels her to question the New Age philosophy she was raised on. What if there is a personal God out there who cares about her?
Before Livy can discover answers, a brutal accident interrupts her search. Her life flips upside down as she faces a future she is not prepared for. Yet the unanswered questions continue to haunt her. Can she find the strength to keep on with her quest, even if it means losing the two people most dear to her—her twin, and the man she loves?
Welcome, Dawn! What do you hope your readers take away from this story?
I hope that, after reading of my protagonist’s conversion, readers remember and appreciate that moment when they stepped from darkness into the light of God’s love. (Just the writing of her conversion to Christ gave me shivers, remembering my own!) I also hope to show that persistent prayer can work miracles, and encourage readers not to give up praying for someone that God has laid on our hearts.
That’s such a great reminder. His timing is not always the same as ours… Which authors have had the most impact on your writing?
I love Nancy Rue’s writing style. I try to emulate her beautiful, unique prose. And, like me, she tackles serious subject matters that many Christian authors don’t want to touch. I’m finding there is a market for the edgier Christian fiction, just as there is a market for the sweet Christian romance. We need all kinds.
True. Variety is, after all, the spice of life! Can you give any hints about your next book?
Most likely, we’re talking about Book 1 of Hot Topic Fiction, which, as the name suggests, will address a controversial issue or two. But not in order to promote an agenda…instead, I tell stories of ordinary Christians in today’s world trying to follow Christ in a world of upside down morality. How does God want us to live out our faith in a world so hostile to our faith? (See my author bio on Amazon for more on Hot Topic Fiction).
Definitely something to which most of us can relate. What is your favorite part of the writing/editing/publishing process?
Those “epiphany”, or ah hah! moments, which usually hit me in the middle of a hike. If you’re a writer, you’ve probably experienced that “plot hole,” that missing piece, and if it would only present itself, the story would fall into place! I remember the moment that happened while writing “Sapphire Secrets.” The ending just wasn’t working. I worked it over in my head, every which way and upside down, and was about to settle for a blah ending, when suddenly….the epiphany! And it happened completely by accident when I was writing a character’s name and …uh oh, I’d better not say anymore! You’ll just have to read it for yourself.
After you read it, shoot me an email and I’ll personally unveil my epiphany moment for you.
Nothing like a teaser… 😉 What is your favorite dessert? Would you be interested in sharing the recipe?
I LOVE apple crisp in all its variations. And I’d love to share the recipe, if only I had one. Unfortunately I got burned out (no pun intended) on baking and cooking after raising my kids as a single mom. But, speaking of recipes, my son came up with a really intriguing one many years ago, and I blogged about it last year. Here’s the link if you’d like to read it: http://dawnvcahill.com/2015/06/07/recipe-of-a-single-mom/
Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Dawn!
Since I was a small child, I’ve loved stories, both reading and writing them. One of my earliest stories got high accolades from my third grade teacher. It was about a little Manx kitten whose mother rejected her because she didn’t have a tail. Until an older, wiser cat helped the mother understand the importance of accepting her children the way God made them.
Over the years, I cranked out many a story, started and stopped several more. The most memorable one I started as a teenager, and I’ve promised myself and my sons I’m going to finish it someday. I called it “Mitch and the Martians.” A group of Martian buddies visit Earth, just happen to land on the State Capitol building in Salem, Oregon (my home at the time), saw the gold-plated statue of a pioneer on the dome, and assumed all Earthlings looked like that. So they turned themselves into gold men and walked the streets of Salem. Strange adventures ensue!
We know much more about Mars now. When I finish the story, I’ll include the premise that the residents of Mars live underground, which is why the NASA explorations never saw them!
I put writing on the back burner once I began raising my sons as a single mom. That was the hardest job I’ve ever done, but now I feel a nudge from the Lord to encourage other women who are facing the same struggles I did. My blog section called “Crumpets and Tea” is targeted especially for single mothers, and includes personal anecdotes and what I learned from them, as well as Bible verses and how the Lord used them to encourage me during my darkest days.
I started my first novel almost three years ago, and now have two self-published Kindle books on Amazon. Plus working on two sequels as we speak. I’m excited that the Lord reawakened my passion for writing, and am looking forward to seeing what He does through me!
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‘Sapphire Secrets’ Giveaway:
Dawn says: “I’m happy to give away a copy of Sapphire Secrets to one new subscriber! Just hop over to my website and sign up. I promise you won’t be inundated with emails from me. I usually only post once or twice per week. As of now, it’s only available as a Kindle ebook, but soon I will be making the paperback available. I estimate another month or so when that will be final.
“I’ll select a random new subscriber name within one week. Good luck!”