Our feature today is with Dawn Geiger. Let’s read about her approach to the writing process.
1. Tell us about yourself. May include links to Facebook, twitter, blogs, websites, Amazon author page.
My name is Dawn M. Geiger and I was born and raised in central Virginia. I am an author, an educational consultant, and a life coach. I am a mother to two adult children, a mother-in-law to two more, and Nana to two precious grandchildren. I am an avid bargain shopper, a fun party planner, and a DIY crafter.
Please feel free to contact me at: http://www.dawnmgeiger.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Dawn-M.-Geiger/e/B00NMVFR3Y/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
2. How do you choose names for your characters?
Once I can see the characters’ faces in my mind, I name them.
3. Do you talk about your book/characters as though they are real?
Yes, my characters are real and have a story of their own.
4. Do you listen to music when you write or edit? What kind?
No. Music is quite distracting when I’m writing because I often find myself singing along with the song and losing my train of thought.
5. How long have you been writing?
I started writing my first book about 10-12 years ago. During that time I would write a page or two and then let it sit for weeks or months at a time before picking it up again. I was quite busy with my family and my writing priority would only click in occasionally. However, during this past year I was able to finish writing my book. I’m hoping my next book won’t take near as long to complete as my first one.
6. Tell us about when you realized you were ‘meant to be’ a writer.
I’ve always known that I had a story to tell, but it wasn’t until I started sharing my story with others a few years ago that I realized that I had to keep putting the words onto paper.
7. Do you have a muse?
Yes, my family and the students that I speak with daily keep my inspiration going.
8. How do you improve as a writer? (Workshops, conferences, reading.)
An editor who asks great thinking questions is always very helpful! I also enjoy reading and attending writing workshops and conferences.
9. Writing quirks or superstitions?
I always have a notebook or post-it notes close by so I can jot down my thoughts as they come to mind.
10. Tell us about your current work-in-progress.
I’m slowly beginning to work on my next book, which is a continuation of my first.
11. What book are you reading now?
I‘m currently not reading anything right now; however, I do enjoy reading books from many different genres.
12. What genre do you write in? What about PoV?
My genre is family relationships, and my POV is first person and limited third.
13. Tell us about writing preparation. Character Profiles? Outlines?
I begin by making lots of notes and lists. I then divide my notes into chapters as I work through an outline. I also develop my characters to match the story line.
14. Do you know how your stories will end?
I have no idea. I let the book write itself, so to speak.
15. Do your books have a message or theme? Or are they purely for entertainment?
Yes. The message I want to convey in my writing is that regardless of your current situation, there is always hope for a brighter future!
16. Do you have any favorite snacks or drinks that you eat/drink while writing?
Not usually; however, diet coke and water are my drinks of choice.
17. Tell us about your other passions.
My passions are spending time with my family, traveling, education, and humanitarian work.
18. What’s something interesting about you?
I would like to someday start an educational foundation.
19. Share a small sample (limit to one paragraph, please) of your writing… can be a WIP or already published.
Chapter 1, paragraph 1 of Mama Knew Best.
Going for car rides was one of my favorite things to do, so when Mama asked if I wanted to go for a ride with her, Grandma, and Grandpap, I jumped up excitedly. “Yes ma’am!” I squealed, running towards the front door.
“Slow down,” said Grandma, smiling as she helped me put on my jacket.
I was really excited by the thought of being the special one today, being that it was rare when one of us children got to ride in the car with just the adults.
After zipping up my jacket, Grandma, Grandpap, Mama, and I walked out the door and down the front steps. As I turned to wave goodbye to my brother, Sammy, and cousins, Mandy and Scott, Mandy ask her mother, “Where are they going?”
“They are going for a ride and will be back soon,” Sue answered.
“I want to go!” Sammy cried, running across the porch towards the steps.
“Maybe next time Sammy,” Sue replied, pulling him close to her side.
After climbing into the back seat of Grandpap’s old white station wagon, I quickly rolled down my window as far as it would go and smiled out into the sunshine while Mama slid in next to me. As Grandma and Grandpap got in up front, I didn’t notice that I was the only one smiling.
20. Anything you’d like to say to your current and future readers?
Thank you all so much for your encouragement and support. I look forward to hearing from you!
Thanks Dawn! We’re so glad you shared.