Interview & Contest: Dawn Chartier

Jen: Please help me welcome Dawn Chartier to the blog. Dawn, will you share a bio with us?

Dawn: 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.

Jen: Tell us Diamonds.

Dawn: Self-made millionaire, Holly Charleston, has come a long way since her homeless days. Sometimes, she believes life would have been simpler before fortune and fame. With every man she meets imagining dollar signs; she yearns for the one man who sees the real Holly. A mysterious wealthy stranger may be the one, but she must control her Sexsomnia and trust issues if she hopes for a real chance at love.

Professional thief, Drake Davenport, is ready began an honest life. However, his last assignment leads him to steal the Heart diamond necklace from a woman known as Ms. Frost. But Holly guards her heart close and her assets closer. Once Holly thaws to Drakes seduction attempts, he finds himself in a position of protecting her from a hired mercenary or living the life he believes he earned. Drake realizes the challenge of stealing the diamond is nothing compared to the challenge of stealing Holly’s heart.

Jen: Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?

Dawn: My favorite scene is when my hero (Drake) takes my heroine (Holly) to a remote island, and they are bickering back and forth. Holly shoves Drake, and she losses her footing and then falls into a lagoon. Drake wants to laugh so bad, but he knows he can’t win her over that way, so he holds it in until she laughs first. I love that scene.

Jen: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Dawn: I began toying with the idea for a few months after reading an article about Marie Laveau in the newspaper, and then hurricane Katrina hit my hometown. The nagging feeling to write completely took over me, not sure what happened, but I started writing once we got home from being evacuated, and I never stopped since.

Jen: Tell us a little about your daily writing routine. Are you a plotter or pantser?

Dawn: Once was a pantser, and now I’m a hybrid. I do both. I get an idea and I just start writing. I normally write a chapter and then I stop. I take a look at what I wrote, and start plotting out twist and turns and I try to get to know my characters a little better too.

Jen: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Dawn: Writing Quirk? Hmm. Well, I have to write in different places because I get bored with my surroundings is a little quirky or not.

Jen: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Dawn: What didn’t surprise me? I think what surprises me most are the characters. You start with just a kernel of an idea, and then it blossom, and forms into a real person (character), one who readers can relate to. I love that.

Jen: What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

Dawn: That would be one hell of a list if I needed everyone. So, I’ll just name a few. First, my sister, she pointed out that I couldn’t head hop in the same paragraph. lol

Then I joined several critique groups, and now I’m with three awesome authors who took me under their wings. (Rachel, Shelly and Melissa).

Jen: What does your family think about your career as a published author?

Dawn: When my mom was still alive, she would brag about me to everyone. Unfortunately, she never got a chance to read my first book. I should have given her the draft version.

My dad doesn’t say much, but my sister who is an avid reader, she loves that I write. She’s a beta-reader for me. It helps we grew up in my parents bookstore, she knows her stuff.

Jen: Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

Dawn: What is there other than writing and reading? Okay, there are a few things…

I enjoy going to Saints football games (we do a mean tailgating party each week with the Korner Krewe). I love plotting parties with the Plot Luck crew. We meet once a month. (Oops, that was writing related.) Um, I love going to the fishing camp (in Louisiana) with my hubby and kids, that’s about it. Not so exciting, huh? I’m not a big shopper, but I do enjoy decorating. (Especially during the holidays.)

Jen: Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

Dawn: DIAMONDS will be released January 18th from Siren BookStrand. It’s a Contemporary erotic romance suspense, between a M/F. (I know, shock-shock. Don’t see those much anymore. lol) DIAMONDS is the first in a three book series called, The Stiletto Millionaire Club, set in Destiny, Florida. The series is about four friends who are smart and financially stable, until their lives are turned upside down.

After DIAMONDS, I’m writing the second in the series called PEARLS.

After that’s done, I hope to finish revising my paranormal romance, BURIED MAGIC. A Witch and Warlock series set in New Orleans.

Jen: How can readers connect with you online?

Dawn: I’m on Twitter and Facebook under my name (Dawn Chartier). My website is: www.dawnchartier.com and my blog is where I post updates: www.dawntheauthor.blogspot.com You’ll be able to purchase Diamonds from www.sirenbookstrand.com on January 18, 2012.

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