Welcome to February’s edition of #AuthorSpotlight! This month we have the lovely, USA Today bestselling author, CK Dawn!
(I’ll also be doing a takeover on her facebook group, CK Dawn’s Cloaked Crusaders, 2/17/18! You should totally join us! ♥)
Elle: Who’s your favorite Fantasy/PNR/Dystopian, etc. heroine? Why do you love her so much?
CK: I adore Karen Marie Moning’s character Mackayla Lane. She was one of the first kick-ass heroines I ever read so she holds a special place in my heart.
E: What does your typical writing day/schedule look like?
CK: I’ve spent way too much time distracted by social media in the past, but I’m changing that. I’m getting into a routine of writing one to three hours a day, not stressing about how many words I’m getting on the page, and switching back and forth between works in progress when I feel stuck on one. It’s been going great and I should be releasing four books within months of each other soon.
E: If you could have ONE magical power… what would you choose, and why?
CK: Ooh that’s a hard one! If I could only have one magical power I’d have to pick flying.
E: What is your strangest habit? (Doesn’t have to be writing related)
CK: Hhhm, I talk for my cats, not just to them. Not really a habit, but it’s what I do. lol
E: How many words-per-book (and words-per-day) do you aim to write? How long does it usually take you to complete a novel of that length?
CK: My readers will tell you that I need to get on the words-per-day minimum ASAP. For now I’m focused on setting the one to three hours aside per day and sticking to it. A daily word count minimum will be next. (No pressure – aaahhhh!) Words-per-book, I usually fall between is 60,000 to 80,000 for my fantasy books.
E: What’s your favorite book-to-movie adaptation?
CK: It may be a TV adaptation, but Game of Thrones is my all-time favorite. They’ve done an extraordinary job with the series.
E: I LOVE GAME OF THRONES!!! What’s the most effective marketing strategy you’ve tried? And how did you go about implementing it?
CK: I animate book covers and teaser images and have found them quite affective at getting higher click rates than still images.
E: You may choose 3 fictional characters to be on your team in the zombie apocalypse…
Who are they?
CK: Daryl Dixon, Rick Grimes, and Jericho Barrons. Enough said!
E: What’s the best writing tip you’ve received, or would give to a fellow author?
CK: The best writing tip I try to give all aspiring authors is this: From formatting to publishing to promoting your work, it all seems so daunting when you look at the entire mountain of work in front of you. It seems impossible, especially if you don’t know how to even do some of the tasks ahead of you. Just breathe and take it one step at a time, one project at a time. Step by step you’ll climb that mountain. You’ll become a seasoned expert standing on top of the mountain, admiring the view of the world YOU created. You can do it! One step at a time.
E: LOVE that advice! In my series, The Essential Elements, the characters have the ability to control 1 of the 4 Classical Elements (Earth, Fire, Water, and Wind).
If you could control ONE… which would you choose, and why?
CK: Another hard one! Okay, I’d have to choose Water. In my crazy brain that means I’d get the chance to hang with Jason Momoa as Aquaman! Ssshhh, just let it happen. Lol!
E: LOoooOL! Please tell us a bit about your latest release!
CK: Squeee! I’m so excited to share this with you. I have a brand new Urban Fantasy Dystopian story called Remnants of Ash that has been so much fun to write. It’s exclusive to the boxed set, Shades of Fae, and it’s available for pre-order right now on Nook and iBooks for only .99 cents. (Available on Amazon soon.) Here’s a little sneak peek of Remnants of Ash enjoy!
Oh, and the apocalypse? Yeah, that happened!
She’s an unstoppable human. He’s an immovable beast. …
Through her research, University student Chloe Etain accidentally stumbled into an ancient war between the Light and Dark Fae that has ended in the human world being thrown into pre-industrial chaos, ripe for the taking. The earth’s sky has been scorched, thrusting it into unending darkness where the scum of the Dark Fae realm roam free. They feed on unknowing humans, oblivious to the Fae.
There’s no electricity, communications are down, and the magically induced natural disasters have devastated most of the pockets of humans that are left. Chloe knows the truth though, but as a mere mortal what can she do?
That’s when the fates stepped in and she met Bram Tice; a Fae hunting his own, but aligned to which Court, he won’t say. He’s extremely powerful, oozing so much magic that it doesn’t seem possible to be contained in his human form, and Chloe can’t deny their animalistic attraction. He’s constantly brooding, nauseatingly stubborn, and a reluctant participant in any plan a feeble human female could possibly come up with, and yet, he stays. He also refuses to tell Chloe WHAT he is, although she has her suspicions. With Bram’s help Chloe sets out to right the imbalance plaguing her world and save the human race before humanity is nothing more than remnants of ash.
Thank you, CK!