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Exclusive Interview with

Dawn Greenfield Ireland

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When did you start writing?

I started writing way back in 1979 -- I didn't know what I was doing, but I muddled through my first sci-fi novel, Prophecy of Thol, and finally finished the first draft in 1984. It truly was awful. My main character cried through 85% of the book.

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What makes writing your passion?

I create worlds and characters. Who else writes down their fantasies and sees them in print?

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How long have you been writing?

Since 1979.

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What was the feeling when you published your first book?

Glorious!

The first book I published was a nonfiction dog book: The Puppy Baby Book. It's a fill-in-the-blanks baby book for anyone who adopts a puppy. This is a hardcover, full color book that I consider a coffee table book. It's beautiful.

This was the beginning of my career. Now, in 2022, that book has been selling for over 20 years!

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What’s the story behind your choice of characters?

Not your run of the mill characters.

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What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?

How damn difficult and expensive it its to market books!

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How do you get over the “writer’s block”?

Never experienced it. I think that's a cop-out, but hey, what do I know? I have so many projects zooming around in my head I don't have time for writer's block.

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We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?

Never, ever give up on your dream. I don't care if you have to cut off or divorce family or friends. If they don't support your writing endeavor, dump them!

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If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?

Learn about marketing, you'll need it!

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Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?

Everyone has an opinion. There's no point in fretting over someone's opinion.

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What is the feeling when you get a good review?

I appreciate everyone who reads my work and leaves a great review. They're the best!

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Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

I'll never tell...

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Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?

All my female characters are a part of me in some small way. You, as the reader, just have to know enough about me to discover those nuggets.

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What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?

Yes. If you decide on a crap cover, what does that say about the guts between the front and back cover?

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Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?

I love to connect with readers in any way possible.

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How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?

I feel blessed!

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Who is your favorite author? Why?

There are too many to list. I read 2-6 books a week in between writing, publishing, housework, and pet care.

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What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?

JK Rowling, of course.

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Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?

I'm always tweaking something. I read my books and correct errors.

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If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?

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