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Author Interview: Dawn Rae Miller & Giveaway!

Author Interview: Dawn Rae Miller & Giveaway!



For seventeen-year-old serial womanizer Fletch Colson, life is a game and if he plays by the rules, he’ll win it all: his dream college, his parents’ money, and a hot (if a little vapid) girl on his arm. Really, it couldn’t be easier. All he has to do is get good grades, live a privileged boarding school life, and try not to mess up too much.

However, when he accepts the seemingly impossible bet to change his ways and be “just friends” with smart, beautiful, tempting Ellie Jacobs – a girl who seems hell bent on confusing him - Fletch’s whole world is turned upside down.

Suddenly, what seemed simple and clear, no longer feels right and Fletch must decide if winning it all is worth losing a piece of himself.

Read my review here: Crushed


SRNA: Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for us! I really enjoyed Crushed, and part of the reason I liked it so well was because I genuinely liked Fletch. How did you manage to pull off such a believable male voice? 
DRM: It sounds strange, but I “method write.” It’s my version of method acting for writers. I immerse myself in my main character and try to do things the way they would. So for Fletch, I would try whiskey, talk like him, and listen to his type of music. I badgered my male friends about their experiences as teen boys in boarding/private schools. Sometimes, it was difficult to turn off.

SRNA: Are you a panster or a plotter? 
DRM: I used to strictly be a panster, but when I started ghostwriting, I grew to love outlines. Now I’m more of a hybrid. I free-write until I have a feel for where I want the MS to go, then I attempt an outline.

SRNA: Is Crushed your first book? 
DRM: No. I've written 5 books. Larkstorm, Nightingale, and Before (short story) are part of my YA The Sensitives trilogy. Book three, Phoenix, comes out later this year. I also helped ghostwrite a commercial YA series.

SRNA: Are you working on anything new right now? 
DRM: I am. I’m finishing up a new short story for my Sensitives trilogy, as well as working on a new YA book. I have an NA book waiting in the wings, and possibly a companion book to CRUSHED.

SRNA: Did you set out to write a New Adult book, or did it just happen? 
DRM: When I started writing it, NA wasn't “a thing.” My intentions for Crushed was to make it an upper YA book, but my agent at the time wouldn't touch it. Then NA came along and I realized it was the perfect fit – a coming of age story.

SRNA: Where did you get the idea for Crushed? 
DRM: One day at the lacrosse practice, I overheard a group of fathers discussing their kids’ futures. It struck me how much expectation was being placed on these kids, and I wondered what it would be like to be one of them. I also know too many men like Fletch’s dad – who were once boys just like Fletch. I've always felt a little sorry for them.

SRNA: Does Fletch remind you of anyone you know or knew in real life? 
DRM: Absolutely. I based him and his friends on a group of men I know, as well as boys I knew from my school days. And this may sound weird, but out of all the characters I've written, Fletch and Calista are the two I feel are most like me.

SRNA: Do you listen to music while you write and do you have a playlist for Crushed? 
DRM: I used to always listen to music while writing, but lately I've been unable to focus that way. However, I did have a playlist while writing Crushed. Even though his friends like hip-hop, Fletch likes emo-alternative crap according to Brady.
  1. Soft Shock (acoustic) …………………………….Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  2. Malibu ………………………………….Hole
  3. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa ……….Vampire Weekend
  4. Shadowcasting …………………….. Ra Ra Riot
  5. Silver Lining …………………………Rilo Kiley
  6. You Only Live Once ……………….The Strokes
  7. Heart Skipped a Beat ……………..The xx
  8. Zero ……………………………………..Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  9. New Slang …………………………….The Shins
  10. You Make My Dreams …………….Hall & Oates
  11. Fader …………………………………… The Temper Trap
  12. If I Ever Feel Better ……………….. Phoenix
  13. The Last High ………………………… The Dandy Warhols
  
SRNA: How long did it take you to write Crushed? 
DRM: Two-and-a-half years. It was rewritten and revised many, many times. At on point, it was even a dual POV with Ellie as one of the narrators. I still have all those scenes. In fact, a few pivotal scenes in Crushed were originally seen through Ellie’s eyes.

SRNA: You mentioned you handled your own publicity, did it work out well for you and will you do it again? 
DRM: I will. In today’s market, every author needs to get their hands dirty with marketing and PR. Luckily, I have a background in both, but it’s not necessary – anyone can do it. However, it sometimes it can take priority over writing, and that can be frustrating. 

SRNA: Finally, this one's for fun. What's your sign and do you believe in Astrology? 
DRM: I’m a creative Pisces. I think there’s a lot of fun coincidence with Astrology. I love looking at compatibility charts and personality types based on birth signs. 

***FYI*** I'm a Pisces too. <3





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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the interview, Lori. I love your blog :)

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  2. Thanks Dawn! It was a lot of fun!

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