Sunday, January 15, 2012

Interview - Dawn Chartier

Please describe your novel twitter style 140 characters or less.
Protector of the Poryria, Trace Stuart is called to defend his race or embrace death. Defending humans is not part of the plan but he cannot stop himself from saving Kira

(I cheated. I deleted a comma and period at the end. lol)

What is the one thing you wish you knew before you tried to get published?
So much I wish I knew…First, thing though is writing is not as easy as it looks. Nope. Not at all. It’s not just about characters and plots, it’s sooooooo much more.

What to you is the best part of being a writer and what is the part you wouldn’t mind giving up?
The best part is having a reader tell you that your characters tugged at their heart strings, and then ask when your next book is coming out. I heart them so.

Giving up? I guess that would be coming out of my comfort zone. I like interacting with readers on-line, but when I’m in front of a reader I’m a little shy, but I’m working on that.

What city would you love to set a story in but the right one hasn’t come along yet?
I always wanted to set my stories in Florida on the beach, and I finally got to do that with newest contemporary erotic romance novella, Diamonds. So, what hasn’t come along yet? That would be Ireland. I love Ireland, and one day I’ll go there.

Vampires, Shifters, Zombies, Angels - who wins the final ultimate battle?
I love them all. But I would have to say it would go in order like this (sorry, Trace) Angels, Vampires, Shifters, and Zombies. If the story had them all in there, the more the better.

If you could witness any historical event past, present or future what would it be and why?
That’s a hard question. Hmm. I would’ve liked to have seen the faces of those men when Joan of Arc kicked their butts. That’ll teach them not to mess with a woman on a mission. lol

Anything else you would like to share today?
Yes. Thanks for having me today. ;- ) It’s been fun!

By Dawn Chartier

Kira McCoy wants to die. Losing her husband and daughter tragically left her without hope. Now her disturbed brother-in-law will stop at nothing to have her for himself. All she wants is to find peace, but instead finds herself on top of a bridge ready to end her suffering.
Protector of the Poryria, Trace Stuart is called to defend his race or embrace death. Defending humans is not part of the plan, but he cannot stop himself from saving Kira.
Realizing that he shares a special bond with Kira, Trace defies his Queen and rushes into the heart of darkness in order to rescue the woman he loves. Will Kira be able to reach past her own pain to pull them both into the light?

Excerpt from Not An Angel

by Dawn Chartier

As he measured her, his gaze warmed the consuming chill that had invaded her body. She glanced down, holding the material out. Nothing she could ever afford. Standing next to him in his stunning black suit, gave her more confidence than if she wore plain clothing.

I wouldn’t have picked it out for myself, but you have good taste.”

I know.” Trace’s gaze traveled down her torso, to her exposed toes and slowly up to her face. “And you take my breath away.” He kissed the inside of her wrist.
Heat shot up her inner arm overpowering any nervousness she may have felt earlier. She leaned into him and whispered, “You breathe?”

Trace half smiled. “Sometimes.”

She blinked. “Oh.” That meant sometimes he didn’t breathe either.

Trace stiffened, then glanced toward the entrance flanked with four massive columns. It took a moment before she heard footsteps in the foyer. Five men entered the parlor. All dressed similar to Trace, except their cold penetrating eyes made her worry. Scared was more like it. One man strode toward her, eyes narrowed, mouth pulled down in a frown. She swallowed, then took a deep breath and squared her shoulders. They will not get to me. I will be strong.

He won’t hurt you. Will you, Dev?” Trace stepped forward and crossed his arms.
Dev smirked and stared through his long dark lashes. “Depends.”

An eerie rumble vibrated the room. Kira advanced toward Trace. The sound of a wild cat drifted in the air. She tilted her head, glanced at Trace and realized the noise came from him.

Boys. Boys. Boys. Dev won’t touch her, but I might.” A slender brunette appeared out of thin air and stood directly in front of the other men. Oh hell.

About the Author:
Dawn Chartier never knew she wanted to be a writer while growing up.  Sure her parents owned a book shop, and she was surrounded by bookworms, but she wasn’t one of “those” writers who started early.  No, Dawn was inspired by strange events in her life, one was a bitch named, Katrina. Yes, that hur-ricane. But a few months before the storm, Dawn read an article on Marie Laveau in the New Orleans local newspaper and it sparked an idea. She began researching the voodoo priestess, and then Katrina hit. Out of destruction, ideas formed, characters spoke and plots twisted. One thing lead to another and an author was born. (Must have been something in the air, because a few authors were born out of Katrina’s wrath.)
Dawn Chartier sold her first paranormal romance book, (Not An Angel) to The Wild Rose Press, and her second book, a contemporary erotic romance (Diamonds) to Siren BookStrand. Dawn is a member of RWA, Sola-Writers, FF&P and Savvy Authors. You can find her chatting on Twitter and Facebook when she’s not buried inside of a book or writing her next one.
Dawn lives near New Orleans with her husband, two daughters, two golden retrievers, and plenty of wildlife.

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