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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Welcome Marilynn Dawson to "An Author Speaks"!

Marilynn grew up in a solid Christian home, coming to Christ at the age of 7. She has been actively involved in Church life since age 10, including activities such as joining her Mom and sister in singing special numbers, choir, teaching Sunday School, leading Sunday School open session, planning Sunday School lessons, and more. Marilynn attended both public and private schools growing up. She attended North Island Community College on Vancouver Island and Trend College in Kelowna, obtaining certificates in receptionist work and Comptia A+ computer repair.Throughout her life, Marilynn has written poetry and published a few of them in the American Poetry Anthology(two issues). She currently does freelance work for a technical blog in Alberta. She's also written numerous unpublished articles on end-time eschatology and the news, written unpublished short stories, word studies and more. Marilynn lives with her two teenagers, cat and gerbils, in Kelowna BC Canada. Her day job sees her fix computers, program cash registers, and engage in multimedia for her church. In the evenings and on weekends she's a soundtech helping with various events through the year from funerals to workshops to concerts and weddings. Marilynn sings in the choir, holding down the tenor section, and sang on her church's praise teams for several years as an alto or tenor substitute.

Author of "Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey", "Mom's Little Black Book: Godly Advice for the High School Graduate", “Practical Thoughts on Becoming an Author”, "Dressed for Eternity" and "A Year in Prayer With Jesus".

What five words describe you?
  Determined, stubborn, creative, worshipper, fix-it
What are you working on at the minute?  What is it about?

I'm currently working on a small booklet (46 pages so far) offering a series of Sunday School lessons and celebration of the Harvest.  It will be useful both for Thanksgiving focus as well as for Halloween replacement activities depending on where you live and what your church is doing around those times.

 What is the hardest thing about writing?

Getting word out that my writing exists.  Most authors are willing to pay for publicity, but all mine is free, so that adds to the effort required to let people know you exist.

 Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

Leave the section you are currently working on.  Do a quick review of where you've come so far, and review your intentions for where you want to go with your writing project.  Just like doing an exam in school, if you couldn't answer one question, the advice was to answer other questions and then come back to it, so it is with writer's block.  Writing about another section in your book will free your mind regarding the section where you're stumped, and may even contribute to a slight re-write of that section because ideas came to you while working on another area of the book.  This advice is helping my daughter whenever she gets stumped on her first novel.

 Where would your dream location be for writing?

My dream location would be overlooking the ocean.  I grew up beside the ocean and miss it greatly.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I read my reviews, although I haven't received too many yet.  I've been told not to respond to them and so far I've listened to that advice whenever the review is negative.  There are actually times when negative reviews will cause others to pick up a book just to see what the negativity was about.  So those can work in reverse to what the reviewer intended.

 Where can we buy your books?
Currently I have a "Twelve Days of Christmas" Book Sale
My books may be found at a variety of locations online.  The short answer is simply to offer a link to an updated list on my website:  Here you can choose to buy from locations you're most comfortable with, and after reading the book you bought, leave a review.
How can we keep up with you?  Blog, Facebook, etc......

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