My apologies to Dawna, I was out of town and well…as you can tell didn’t get her answers on time. Here, then is the true Q and A with Fantasy/New adult author Dawna Raver.
Dawna Raver: Let’s see. I recently moved to San Antonio from Albuquerque, New Mexico because of my husband’s work. I’m adapting to Texas. The weather here is brutally hot! I love to cook, read, and watch football. (Go Fins, go Broncos.)
What can you share about your Colour Wielders series with our readers who may not be familiar with it?
Dawna: The story started out as a memory that morphed into a story. Then, I started to think about the stories I like to read. I love the idea of Celtic and Arthurian mythology, as well as gods and faeries. I thought, how cool would a story be if it had all those things? If the gods, faeries, mystical creatures, as well as some infamous Arthurian characters, all lived together? As far as I know, there isn’t another book out there with this combination. So, I wrote one.
By what authors would you say you are influenced?
Dawna: Right now, one of my favs is Darynda Jones. She writes the Charley Davidson series. What I love about her is her humor, it’s off the wall and so funny. Plus, Reyes is hot! My newest fav is Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series. Love, love, love, that series. I also love Jim Butcher for many of the same reasons, and JR Ward. And of course, J.K. Rowling!
Any interesting stories to share about your road to publication?
Dawna: Well, I just left my publisher and have decided to go indie. It was a hard decision because Colour Wielders was doing well, selling several copies a day. But I knew, if I was going to leave, I needed to do it before I published the second book, Severed Colours.
You’re re-releasing book one soon, when can we expect it, and what can curious fans expect from you next?
Dawna: Actually, Colour Wielders is re-releasing Friday, August 23. Severed Colours will publish on November 1st, God willing. I also have a contemporary romance called Indulged that will hopefully release by the end of the year.
Congrats on your new release! If you weren’t a writer, what career might you have pursued instead?
Dawna: Ha, well, I’ve been a bookkeeper, admin assistant, and a graphic designer. I’m happy to say I’ve settled on my last, and I think best, career.
What kind of books do you like to read for pleasure?
Dawna: I love new adult or adult urban fantasy, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, erotica…
Quite a mix. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Dawna: I always say don’t call yourself aspiring. If you write, your a writer. So, keep writing. A lot. And read, read, read.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? Where can my readers find out more about you and your works?
Dawna: You can find me at: Blog: http://dawnaraver.com
I love interacting with fellow writers and readers. You can find me most on Facebook.
Would you like to tell us a little about your novel Colour Wielders?
Dawna: Sure. Colour Wielders blurb:
Quinn Sinclair lives an ordinary life with her less-than-loving mother in Conifer, Colorado, clueless of her true nature. On the night of her birthday, a staggering betrayal sends her life spinning out-of-control. As she struggles to pick up the pieces, a vision of a man with haunting tourmaline-blue eyes begs her for help, and she is transported into a Magykal battle-forever changing her life.
Arik Morgaine—Demigod bad boy and outcast of the Magykal Realm—tried to avoid contact with Princess Quinn for eighteen years, not wanting to make good on an old threat. But the fates have other plans. Arik can no longer deny his growing desire for Quinn, or the need to protect her from those wanting to control her burgeoning powers.
Can the two of them come together and save the Magykal Realm from being destroyed by the Darkest of Magyks?
New Adult. Recommended for 18 and above. Mature themes, sexual situations, and profanity.