Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you—Alicia Dawn!
Always having the passion to write, since I was in the fourth grade. I got drawn into the Role Playing world on Facebook by writing fan fiction. Creating stories that picked up and continued on after a book was done. This was a whole new world. Loving the books I had devoured and read, were now never ending. I became captivated in boundless creativity. Still to this day my imagination runs wild with ideas and new story lines.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I have wrote off and on when I was younger but nothing serious. It wasn’t until I found groups on Facebook who Role Played out a book series which had ended, that I became enamored into wanting to write again. With a little luck I fell into getting to know new people who had the same passion I did. This time helped me think, and plot out story lines while creating characters. Which later resulted in me co-writing my first book with Nikita Jakz My Decadent Demon.
Why did you choose to write your genre?
It’s the genre I fell into Role Playing. I guess you can say it’s easy to write with endless potentialities of one’s imagination. I am working on a solo piece that will not be Paranormal Romance. More of a dystopian style. [Cool.]
Currently, what are you working on?
I am currently working on the novella Hell Are The Ties That Bind with Hope. Book 3.5 in the Magical Forces Series books.
Let’s talk about your latest book for a moment. What motivated the plot?
The WIP Hell Are The Ties That Bind is a short story we wanted to write about Zoey and Ryan while in the process set up a series of events leading up to the last book Hell Of A Life.
What was the hardest story for you to write?
The solo work I am still in the process of writing. I had to put it down for a year during a turbulent time. When I picked it up again my mind set had to dig deep to pick up where I had left off. I’ve added to it, changed up something’s I had originally jotted notes down for it. But still my brain is not cooperating with me in finishing this book.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality?
A little bit. Mostly I let them speak to me and then let it all unfold as I create who and what they are going to be like.
Who has been your favorite character? Why?
My favorite character I have to say is Ryan. I love that wolf. His whole character attitude is based off Sawyer from Lost, and yes he looks like Josh Holloway in my mind to.
What process do you use to plan your novels?
Normally Hope and I plot out the story line, and then try to keep the original idea we had when we started but always ended up adding so much more as we write the book.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it?
Yes many of times. I try to clean slate my brain an Hope helps me work through the dry period by writing which triggers the spark to get me jump started again.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be?
Probably a murder mystery. I love reading who done its. I’ve never had the ability to plot out the story line.
What novel would you read multiple times?
There are so many. I love Sherrilyn Kenyon, Sandra Hill, Lora Leigh James, J.R. Ward, Michael Palmer, Stuart Woods, Jude Deveraux, Julie Garwood. Just to name a few.
What is your favorite quote?
[Like minded writers… Need I say more?]
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character)
I think I would like to hang out with the characters we’ve created with Ryan and Zoey. They would be so much fun and there wouldn’t ever be a dull moment.
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary?
A Dachshund is one of my favorite animals. Love weenie dogs just because they have such a huge personality for being a little dog.
What is your favorite color?
I don’t like one color in particular but do prefer black and red most of the time. Anything but blue especially when I’m not at work.
If writing is a full-time career for you, do you have other streams of income (i.e. editing, cover design, etc.)?
I work at Wal-Mart. I started out working graveyard shift, and just recently started working first shift. Writing is a whenever I make time being at work or home to fit in.
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Thank you for hanging out with me today. It was a pleasure getting to know you better.