Hey everyone! It’s so great to have Dawn Crandall here! A graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education, and a former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn Crandall didn’t begin writing until 2010 when her husband found out about her long-buried dream of writing a book. Without a doubt about someday becoming traditionally published, he encouraged her to quit working in order to focus on writing The Hesitant Heiress. It didn’t take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do. Dawn is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary.
Apart from writing books, Dawn is also a first-time mom to a precious little boy (born March 2014) and also serves with her husband in a pre-marriage mentor program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Dawn is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, secretary for the Indiana ACFW Chapter (Hoosier Ink), and associate member of the Great Lakes ACFW Chapter.
The Everstone Chronicles is Dawn’s first series with Whitaker House. All three books composing the series were semifinalists in ACFW’s prestigious Genesis Writing Contest, the third book going on to become a finalist in 2013.
In honor of her debut novel, The Hesitant Heiress, she’s here to play a few rounds of Would You Rather along with her main character Amaryllis and the handsome Nathan Everstone. Let’s get started.
Would You Rather…
…be replaced or ignored?
Dawn: I like to be alone, so being ignored would be perfectly fine by me. Before I had my son this spring, I could go for days without leaving my house. So, I guess I pretty much ignore the world as much as I would enjoy it ignoring me.
Amaryllis: “I've been ignored for so long, and it's the only thing I knew for such a long time. Only until I was forced to take part in my aunt's society did I realize what it was like to form meaningful friendships. And then there was Nathan—I totally expected he'd want to ignore me—which I was completely fine with too... for a while.”
Nathan: “I would rather be replaced—I have no qualms if someone could take my place in society.”
…make a bad first impression or a bad second impression?
Dawn: “I would rather make a bad first impression… and then totally change their mind. I think I do this a lot actually because I’m a bit scatter-brained and say the silliest things at times. Hopefully the second impression someone has of me will be accompanied with the knowledge that I have ADD but don’t take anything for it because I write better without it.”
Amaryllis: “I’d actually rather not make an impression. I’d rather not be noticed at all. Meeting new people in general is not something I enjoy doing.”
Nathan: “Oh, I’d usually want to make that first grand impression… I’m so used to giving it, after all! However, that has to do with the family I was born into, and not truly me. It seems the only time I wasn’t able to make that first dashing impression was with the young woman who happened to intrigue me the most… Amaryllis.” (wink)
Fun answers, you guys! Dawn, tell us what inspired you to write this story.
I wanted to write a novel reminiscent of old classical romantic suspense novels like Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier—but I also wanted to tie in a very relevant spiritual thread. The heroine of The Hesitant Heiress, Amaryllis Brigham, thinks she knows what she wants, as well as how she will achieve it. But as circumstances beyond her control keep her from her goals, she finds that accomplishing her dreams of founding a music academy in Seattle are only secondary to finding the peace she desperately needs pertaining to the events leading to her mother's death eleven years before.
Thanks for being here with us today, Dawn! Here’s a sneak peek of The
After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy disappearing before her very eyes. Now the only way to achieve her goal comes with high stakes for someone set on avoiding men as much as possible: marry within the year to inherit her grandmother’s fortune. Amaryllis reluctantly takes part in her aunt’s society, intent on getting to the west coast on her own… and without a husband.
Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself falling in love with the most unlikely of men, Nathan Everstone, whose father not only had a part in her expulsion, but whose ominous presence has haunted her dreams for a decade since her mother’s tragic death. Nathan turns out to be much more than he seems and everything she never knew she wanted. But just as everything Amaryllis has recently hoped for comes to fruition, it all falls apart when she finds that the real culprit who has been managing her life isn't who she thought at all.
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