It is my honor to interview K. D. Dowdall, the author of the new romance mystery novel The Stone Arch Secret. This is a wonderful book, and I will soon post my review of her novel, but I can say that I give it 5 out of 5 stars!
First, I want to thank K. D. Dowdall for agreeing to the interview. So, let us begin.
Some writers have very particular schedules and places for their writing. Do you have a particular approach?
I have a writing/library room where I read, takes notes, develop ideas for writing the next novel and then I write. I usually have most of the story, the beginning and the end in my mind before writing, very much like a synopsis and then the characters take over.
When you think of your readers, what do you hope they get from your novel?
A book that is well-written, interesting, authentic, heart-felt, and honest. And, maybe come away with a new perspective of the world around them.
How would you describe your writing style?
I write with a poetic touch, generally, inasmuch, as I love to write very descriptive scenes for emotional responses to different backgrounds, whether it is a church, a country road, a forest, or a river running swiftly under a bridge. Often, I do this so that the reader can visualize a past memory or experience about what they are reading in my story.
Do you have a particular genre that you enjoy reading?
I like most genres, but I suppose I favor Historical Fiction.
Who are some of your favorite writers?
Some of my favorites are: Stephen King, Umberto Eco, James Joyce, Jack London, Joseph Conrad, Harper Lee, Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Anderson, Libby Hawker.
What books are you currently reading?
I am currently reading, The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown, and Catling’s Bane by D. Wallace Peach.
What books and/or writers have inspired you?
On Writing by Stephen King, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, Dubliners by James Joyce, The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London, To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, Tidewater by Libby Hawker, Far From the Maddening Crowd, by Thomas Hardy, The Wolf and The Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss, and poets like John Keats, E. E. Cummings, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Sara Teasdale, and of course, William Shakespeare.
Once again, I want to thank K. D. Dowdall for agreeing to this interview. Part 2 will be posted soon.
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.