Interview: Dawn Witzke

Next in our new feature of interviews with Superversive authors:

Tell us about your story/series:
I have several I’m working on.

The Underground Series is a dystopian/post-apocalyptic world in which Aadi is struggling with a faith that is outlawed in a world she wants to change, but doesn’t know how. Book 2, Courage of Martyrs is currently being finished up and should be out this spring.

Relic Hunter Series is both a series of short stories and a novel series that I’m currently working on set in the Four Galaxies. The shorts follow Lillyanne, a finder, on her adventures with Darion searching for lost and stolen relics. The novel series will be from Darion’s POV.

The Ri Ruirech Chronicles are an urban fantasy series set in a fictional city where a teenage girl gets caught in a fairy battle for control of the world.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part of writing is getting the story out of my head and onto paper. At any given time I have a dozen different things that I should be doing, from editing to entering books into my online bookstore, Deadtree.online, to brushing up on my graphic design skills to managing a half dozen websites and blogs that taking time to sit down and actually write for more than a few minutes at a time in a coherent fashion is a challenge.

Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I read all of the reviews. I have thought of responding to all reviews, good or bad, with thank you for the review. Not everyone will love my writing and I don’t expect them to. I use reviews in my marketing. For example, Path of Angels is liked primarily by women. Men think it’s okay, but women really like it. So when I pimp my book, I pimp it to people like those giving me good reviews.

What is your favorite color of red?
I like different shades for different things. Burgundy for wine and roses, cherry red for cars, blood red for my murder victims.

Have you ever considered invading a foreign country?  If so, which one and why?
I always joke that we should invade Canada. Two guys with shot guns could just mosey on up to the border and say they’re conquering Canada for the Us. The Canadians would politely surrender. Then everyone would sit around drinking and watching hockey. It’ll all be a rather pleasant affair.

If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
I already have a fictional version of this thought out. It’s in my to-do list. It’s called “In the land of crazies.” There’d be nothing serious about it.

A little about yourself (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).
In real life I’m rather boring. I live in NW Iowa with my husband, two dogs and seven birds. I have BS degree in Political Science and Sociology and work all the time. If I’m not at my day job as a paralegal, I’m helping run a prolife nonprofit charity, creating book covers, working on websites, writing, or trying to figure out what it was I was supposed to be doing. My writing career started out with magazine article writing then changed over to fiction writing with my short story, Children of Whitechapel, which won runner up in the Liberty Island 2015 Halloween contest. Since then I’ve published Path of Angels and been part of several anthologies published through Superversive Press and Silver Empire Press. The sequel to Path of Angels is in the works along with a ton of other projects.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’m one of those writers who is never satisfied with what I write. I’d never finish anything if I didn’t force myself to stop and move on to other projects.

Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I’d still be working with books. I’d be running my bookstore and working with authors on book covers, editing and pimping their books. All the things I do now that give me a way to procrastinate actually writing. 

What do you want written on your head stone?
If found, please return to: [address of the cemetary]

Where can your fans find you and follow??
I can usually be found on my blog (dawnwitzke.com), procrastinating on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/viceandvirtue/, or if I’m really bored on Twitter @dawnwitzke.


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