It is my honor to interview K. D. Dowdall, the author of the new romance mystery novel The Stone Arch Secret. This post is part 2 of my interview with this talented writer. The Stone Arch Secret is as an excellent book, which demonstrates K. D. Dowdall’s skills with character, setting, and plot. As mentioned in part one of this interview, I will soon post my review of her novel, but I can say that I give it 5 out of 5 stars!
Again, I thank K. D. Dowdall for agreeing to the interview. So, let us continue:
What books are you looking forward to reading?
Oh gosh, too many to count, but, The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels, A Treasury of Irish Myth, Legend, and Folklore by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory, and IPagan, edited by Trevor Greenfield.
Religion and its corruption are a major theme in your novel. What brought you to deal with that idea?
The occupation is not significant in-itself. Rather, it is those that use their corrupted, inhuman nature to gain power over others by using religion, or other forms of power, as a weapon to control others with fear, sexual manipulation, and even murder, to fulfill their deviant ambitions to their own evil ends.
Your characters are very strong and well-rounded. Do you have a particular approach in creating characters?
To write believable characters, I believe, a writer must be an observer of human nature, engaging all his or her senses, by watching facial expressions, a turn of a phrase, tone of voice, body mechanics of movement, and listen carefully to their life stories, what they believe, how they treat other people, what their dreams are. Did you see them kick a dog, spank a child, throwaway the garbage in the morning and never look up to the sky or help someone cross a busy street? Observations of human behavior are key to personality traits and strong authentic characters.
What are some of your future writing plans?
I am currently writing a paranormal series with a witch, a ghost, a dark alchemist, and time travel. It is a love story, it is comical, and deadly serious.
Do you have advice you would like to give to beginning writers?
Read lots of well-written books in a genre you love to read. Be who you are when you write, be authentic and honest in your writing. Also, write what you know by choosing something that matters to you.
How do you approach the often difficult task of revision?
Have a good editor, do at least one more draft, several Beta readers and read each word you have written aloud. Put your completed novel away for a week or two and then comeback and reread every word and revise again if necessary.
Do you have any questions that I have not asked that you would like to pose for yourself to answer?
Don’t be afraid of writer’s block, use that time to think about your characters, who they are and what they represent, sometimes that clears the path and you are writing again. Also, never give up, complete whatever story you are writing, it is always better than you think it is.
Once again, I want to thank K. D. Dowdall for agreeing to this interview.
You can find more information about Karen’s writing at these sites, and please treat yourself by getting a copy of her novel, The Stone Arch Secret. If you know anyone who loves mysteries and romance, this book would make an excellent present!