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John 3:16 Network Blog Tour – Ashley Dawn

Written By: Eddie Snipes - Aug• 15•11
Today I have the privilege of interviewing Ashley Dawn.
She will be talking about her newly released book, Shadows of Suspense.

When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?

Ashley WinttersHonestly, I’m not sure there was ever an ‘ah ha’ moment when I decided.  I started writing young.  I would write songs, poems, and really anything that came to mind.  When I was 19, the idea for my first book just sort of came to me (I personally believe God gave it to me) and I penned my first book Shadows From The Past in just a matter of months.  It was an amazing experience!

What is the greatest challenge you face?

Being a mother!  That is by far my biggest challenge.  My two kids are my world, but the responsibility is also terrify me sometimes.  The way their little minds work is fascinating and wonderful.  I’m just so happy to have them in my life!

What do you hope readers take away from your book?

I hope they take away that no matter what, God is there for us.  He is who we need in our lives and if we allow Him to guide us, our lives will be much fuller.

How do you weave your faith into the story?

I try to make faith a part of my characters.  Not just something they do, but something that helps define them as a person.  Sometimes it is a lack of faith that defines the character and that is a bit harder to write.  I always show the plan of Salvation in some way with the hopes that just maybe it will touch one person.

How long did it take you to write your manuscript?

I think it took me 6 months to finish Shadows of Suspicion.  It took longer to edit and format it than it did to get all the ideas down on paper!

Tell us a little about your editing process?

Well, my very first editor is my mom.  She litterally reads it as I write it…correcting with a red pen as she goes!  After I finish, she goes through it again, marking the obvious errors.  Then it goes to a professional and when I get it back, I revise it and most of the time add to or delete scenes from the book and start it all over again.  This happens two or three times.

Tell readers about your book.

Shadows of Suspicion CoverMy newest release is Shadows of Suspicion.  It is the second book in my Shadows Series and I’m really excited about it.  Kerry Reiley is supposed to be the ‘safe’ one of her family.  She is a second grade teacher that doesn’t really lead a wild and adventerous life, but she has brothers in FBI & CIA.  She gets kidnapped because of who her brothers are and they call in a specialist, Luke Reeding to rescue her.  When the two of them meet, the attraction is instant but Kerry needs to keep her distance because Luke doesn’t share her faith.  Together they have to avoid a madman, figure out what is going on and if the attraction they share can become something more.  Several of the characters from Shadows from the Past are in this book, but they play secondary roles.

Are you currently working on another book?

I am, I’m working on the third book in my Shadows Series, Shadows of Pain.  It focuses on Kami and Daniel and their trying to elude an assassin.  Right now, it’s in the first edit but it still has quite a way to go.

What genres do you write in?

I write Christian Romantic Suspense.  Some people call it Inspirational Romantic Suspense.

What types of books do you read?

I read mostly Christian Romantic Suspense but I will try anything once…well except horror or erotica.  I couldn’t handle either of those!

What have you learned about publishing?

It takes a lot more work than I had initially expected.  I guess I was ideallistic and thought it would be handing over the manuscript and out pops a book with all the marketing done for me etc.  That isn’t the case at all!  You have to work constantly to promote your own work and get noticed.

Would you do anything different?

I don’t think so.  Some of it may have been tough but getting through and the journey has gotten me to where I am today.

You can order Ashley’s book by clicking here.







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  1. Great interview. I’m a lover of Christian suspense with a touch of romance so now I know to look for Ashley’s books.

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