Why I Write
I have always had a vivid imagination. It started in my childhood when I was constantly picked on in school. I had few friends and those were finicky at best. So I often resorted to my imagination whether it was to make up stories in my head or draw or paint something creative. In my art, I preferred to draw animals and landscapes. My writing tends to be fantasy and/or science fiction. Real-life can sometimes be difficult and unfair. Fantasy and science fiction offer a wonderful escape.

What I Write
My stories are about people who have dealt with difficulties in their life but overcame them in ways that make them better. My main characters can deal with bullies in a way that I never could. They stand up for what’s right and find a way to give evildoers their just deserts, and without resorting to their level to do it. My characters have flaws but they try to do the right thing and end up being heroes. Adventures abound and good friends are found along the way.

My Writing
I am an aspiring writer. I have taken a few writing classes but mostly learn by research and by getting feedback from fellow writers and readers. My research includes reading fantasy and sci-fi novels and by reading non-fiction writing help books. I read a lot in both areas.

The first books I wrote were written more than fifteen years ago. They are the three books from The Dukarian Legacy series. Though I self-published these books several years ago, I have since stopped selling them. The reason is I have learned so much more about writing since then and I feel those books don’t do justice to the quality of writing I do now. I am currently working on a fantasy-sci-fi (space opera) series called the Dragon Spawn Chronicles. You can read some of the earlier drafts of these books on my blog. If you see some mistakes or have opinions on how I can do better, please feel free to share. Comment on this blog or send me an email at naturebydawn@gmail.com.

The Dukarian Legacy
These are fantasy novels and they are the very first novels I have ever written. Tomis is the main character. I dreamed him up when I was a teenager. I started out daydreaming him into situations that I faced but didn’t know how to overcome. He had a strength that I didn’t and so he helped me get through some tough times. Over time, his ordeals got larger. He didn’t just deal with bullies, he dealt with abuse and monstrous people. I found myself building his life. This is why Tomis is so young in the first book, The Third Dragon. And why he is nearly an adult in the third book, The Dragon and the Lion. Tomis is rescued from an abusive father who also happens to be a king. His rescuer is a man who Tomis looks up to. While his father didn’t care for his son at first, he learned of his son’s importance through a prophecy. The prophecy spurs his father to search for him, but it’s not to welcome him home. It’s to kill him. These books are no longer for sale. My plan is to rewrite them someday using the new writing skills I have learned.

The Dragon Spawn Chronicles
This series has some similarities to The Dukarian Legacy series. The most obvious similarity is that the main character is also a young boy. In truth, I took Tomis and put him in an entirely different setting and with different adventures. His name is Jori in this series. Although there are many similar elements with the abusive father and a man who becomes a good role model, Jori’s character is a little bit different. He is more of a warrior and has a far greater destiny. I have rough drafts for several of the books in this series already written. Believe it or not, writing them has been the easy part. Editing and tweaking the storyline, however, is extremely difficult and time-consuming. You can help me with that by visiting the Categories section of my blog and posting comments.

My Personal Life
I am married with two adopted children. My husband is a Chinese-American with a Ph.D. in mathematics. My youngest child was adopted from China when he was two years old. My oldest child was adopted from here in the US when she was sixteen years old, though she’s been living with us since she was fourteen. My husband and children are the best anyone could ask for. I can brag about them all day, but this is an autobiography. I have a degree in finance but I have been a homemaker for many years. At first, it was for health reasons. Then it was because my husband and I chose to be foster parents. We no longer have foster children but now I have my own children to stay home for. They are both in school, but my husband suggested it would be better for our family if I continued to be a homemaker. This allows me to do more volunteering and to be that mom that can get my kids to their doctor appointments and extracurricular activities without it being frantic. I currently volunteer for three different organizations: my son’s school, Midland Care, and Helping Hands Humane Society. I am pretty busy, but not too busy to write!

5 comments on “About

  1. Dawn,
    I just found your website and am enjoying learning more about you and your writing process. You have a lot of great content here, and I look forward to checking in to see how your novels progress.
    Be stellar!
    Matthew Cross
    P.S. The creation of your family and its growth to 5 members in of itself is a lovely and inspiring story. Thanks so much for sharing! ❤ ❤ ❤ MC

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