IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO WELCOME TODAY’S GUEST….
[A Family Fortune Mystery]
~PALL IN THE FAMILY~
MBA&M: Give tell our readers a little about Dawn Eastman?
DAWN: First off, I just want to say thank you for asking me to be on your blog!
I always wanted to be a writer. I fell in love with stories from the time I was little and thought that writing those stories had to be one of the best jobs in the world.
I grew up on the East Coast and have been moving progressively west. Maybe someday I’ll get as far as California! I lived in Michigan for many years and still consider it my home state. I’ve been married for twenty years and have a son, daughter, and bossy but sweet small dog.
I do all the usual mom things – chauffeuring, homework help, psychotherapy, and I plot ways to kill people in my spare time.
MBA&M: What is your inspiration to write in the mystery genre and where did you draw your inspiration from in writing “Pall in the Family”?
DAWN: I grew up on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie. I love a good puzzle and the sense of justice that is found in cozy mysteries. In cozies, even though murder is involved, there is usually a happy ending in the sense that the murderer is caught.
For the Family Fortune Series I drew inspiration from towns in Western Michigan I had visited and loved. I’ve always been interested in, yet skeptical of, paranormal things. I used to think it would be amazing to be psychic, and then thought, “what if you were psychic and didn’t want to be? What if your family was pressuring you to use your psychic talents to continue the family legacy?” Those questions led me to the premise for the series.
MBA&M: What where the challenges in writing “Pall in the Family”?
DAWN: Pall in the Family was the second novel I finished. The first one was a challenge just because I had never done it before and wasn’t sure I could write an entire novel. The challenge for Pall in the Family was to see if I could do it again, but better. And to create a location and characters that could last over many stories as I planned it as a series.
Probably the biggest challenge though, was getting past the doubt. I didn’t have a contract while working on Pall in the Family so there were many days when it was unclear why I was spending my time writing when no one would ever read the book. So, staying motivated and keeping the faith that it would find a home were things I struggled with while writing that one.
MBA&M: I would think the first in a new series would be hardest to write. With that said, did the characters “pop” off the page or did you have to really “search” for them to appear?
DAWN: In many ways they did just pop off the page. I was searching for a good series idea and asking those “what if” questions when Clyde wandered in. Rose and Vi rapidly followed her and I knew these ladies would keep me busy and entertained. It took a little longer to find the right setting for them, but once I figured that out, they took over the story.
MBA&M: How many titles will be in “A Family Fortune Mystery”? And if you can tell us what’s next in this series?
DAWN: There are three scheduled right now, and I hope to write many more. Be Careful What You Witch For will be released in July 2014 and takes place at Halloween. I am working on the third book right now and plotting ahead for future titles.
MBA&M: Inquiring minds want to know, what is your life’s passion, beside writing of course?
DAWN: I am an obsessive knitter. I would probably own a yarn store if I wasn’t writing. Also, tea. Possibly Miss Marple had a stronger influence than I realized…
MBA&M: If you could switch places with one of your characters who would it be and why?
DAWN: If I could actually switch, I’d choose Violet Greer, my pet psychic character, just to see what my family would make of her if she moved in to take my place.
MBA&M: What are some lessons learned as an author, and what advise would you give to aspiring authors?
DAWN: Lesson one would be: do the writing. I have found that if I show up at the keyboard every day, the characters show up as well and the story flows. If not, they get a bit sulky and it takes more effort to coax them out. It’s a lesson I have to keep learning – the longer I am away from my story, the harder it is to get back into it.
And to go along with the first lesson – it doesn’t matter how bad you think your first draft is. You can fix a bad paragraph or chapter. You can’t fix a blank page. So just write.
Learn as much as you can about the craft of writing, take classes, talk to authors, join a critique group. Writing is a very lonely business and spending time with other writers really helps. Whether it is in person or online, just connecting with other people who are struggling to tell their stories is very inspiring.
MBA&M: Now, please tell our readers where they may purchase “Pall in the Family” and where they may connect with you socially?
Pall in the Family can be found anywhere books are sold.
There are multiple buy links on my website: www.DawnEastman.com
Violet blogs at: familyfortunemysteries.wordpress.com
Thank you, Dawn, for spending time with us and our readers. What an intriguing story “Pall in the Family” sounds like.
- Series: A Family Fortune Mystery (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (August 6, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425264270
- ISBN-13: 978-0425264270
A new series begins…and with this family,
there’s no telling.
Pall in the Family is the first book in the Family Fortune Mystery series due on bookshelves August 6th, 2013.
The aptly named Crystal Haven is the destination for tourists seeking psychics, séances, and the promise of contacting the spirit world. In this small western Michigan town, everyone knows the Fortune family. Rose is gifted with Tarot card readings. Her sister Vi is a self-proclaimed pet psychic. And her daughter Clyde is…
A cop. A cop on leave from Ann Arbor, more specifically, who’s come home to kooky Crystal Haven to re-evaluate her life. Mom and Aunt Vi can’t wait for Clyde to finally embrace her own psychic gifts and join the family business. Clyde would prefer the low-stress lifestyle of a dog walker.
But when a local psychic is killed, leaving behind a traumatized Shih Tzu, it seems to be in the cards for Clyde to get involved. With her old flame Mac leading the investigation, that may prove awkward. Whether she uses her skills as a cop or her long-denied psychic abilities, it’s up to Clyde to divine a killer’s identity before someone else suffers more misfortune.
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Thanks to Dawn, we are offering 1 lucky commenter a print copy of “Pall in the Family”. Sorry, open to US residents only! Giveaway will run from November 5 until November 12, 2013.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL!
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