Today I have the pleasure of interviewing author Dawn Napier. For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to meet Dawn or read her, let’s take a few moments and allow her to introduce herself…
I am a thirty-something married mother of three. I grew up in upstate New York, and later my family moved to Waukegan, IL. I love animals, especially cats, and I work in childcare as a day job. My genres of choice are horror and dark fantasy, but I also write macabre poetry, science fiction, and slice-of-life.
Welcome Dawn! Now let’s get to the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.
Mythical monsters, evil demons, and a woman with a machete.
Sounds very interesting! What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?
Something by KMFDM or Rammstein, because it’s a dark story and it needs a dark, heavy introduction to pull the viewers in.
Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?
Kevin Smith, because my life could be comic or tragic depending on the perspective, and his ironic perspective would make it an entertaining comedy. Janeane Garafelo would probably own the role of me, since she’s like the real-life Daria and does sarcasm well.
Both great choices! What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?
Definitely a pantser. I go into a story with a single image, and the story grows organically from there. I usually have no idea what’s going to happen or even how long the story will be. Storyland developed from the image of small dragons infesting an abandoned city. I’d thought about how coyotes, as secondary predators, can survive just about anywhere, and they even live and breed in big cities like Chicago. So I started the story with nothing in mind but that image, and everything else sort of sprouted from there.
This usually means that my edits are pretty heavy, because the story tends to ramble all over the place and make a huge mess before I understand exactly what’s going on.
I do all my first drafts in longhand and then type them into the computer. I can’t compose fiction on a lit screen for some reason; I need ink and paper.
Oh a longhand writer! I used to work longhand but then got so tired of the neck strain typing it all in. I switched to the computer after that. What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?
This is all you’re ever going to want to do with your life, so don’t give up and don’t slack off. You think you’ve given up now, but years from now you’ll realize that you were just wasting time trying to do other things, so keep your nose to the grindstone.
That’s great advice! What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?
I couldn’t tell you. I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was six years old, and I don’t think anything I read inspired me to decide that. But three books that have influenced me greatly and really helped me along are On Writing by Stephen King, The Writer’s Guide to Creating a Science Fiction Universe by George Ochoa and Jeffrey Osier (good advice in there even if sci-fi isn’t your thing), and The Bestseller by Olivia Goldsmith.
Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.
- Coffee or tea? Coffee in the morning, tea at night.
- Cats or dogs? Cats. Dogs are too much work.
- Snow or sun? Sun. And my car agrees.
- Print books or eReader? Print books, though I save a ton of money downloading sample issues of magazines I want to submit to.
- Nachos or potato chips? Nachos, if there’s bean dip.
- Baked or fried? Fried, always fried.
- Candy or chocolate? Chocolate, unless there are jelly babies. Then jelly babies.
- Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror, then comedy, then romance.
- Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Science fiction, action, animated.
- Classics or Modern? Classic movies, modern books.
- Old World or New World? I’m not completely sure what that means.
- Sweet or spicy? Both is best. My local Chinese place has a sweet and spicy chicken that’s to die for.
- Comfort or Speed? Comfort. I like to get there alive.
Thank you Dawn for taking the time to answer my questions.
Now let’s delve into Dawn’s Storyland and learn a little bit about it… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you to Amazon!
Storyland is a unique vision of the urban apocalypse novel. Creatures of fantasy and nightmare have returned to the real world, and human beings are now an endangered species. Fairytale monsters have come to life, and the lessons they teach are grim.
Out of the ashes of civilization’s ruin rises Alicia, a gritty young girl born and raised in this terrifying new world. With a pistol in one hand and her trusty machete in the other, Alicia forges through nightmare after nightmare in search of a safe haven and trustworthy friends.
It is a dark realization, but she learns in her travels that some of the monsters wear human faces.