I am delighted to welcome a wonderful author to the blog today, currently making a name for herself because of her addictive writing style and brilliant books.
Here we go...
Dawn Hosmer is the author of Bits & Pieces and The End of Echoes. Her third book, Somewhere in Between, releases June 2020 and is currently available for pre-order.
She spent her career in social work but had to quit working due to a chronic illness, so she now focuses her time on writing.
Dawn is a wife and the mother to four amazing children, three of whom are now adults. She is a lifelong Ohioan but loves to travel. She also enjoys reading, playing board games, watching true-crime TV, and HGTV.
My name is Mackenzie Bartholomew, or at least it was. I’m staring at my dead body, lying in a casket. I was a healthy, thirty-nine-year-old, mother of three.
I have so many questions but very few answers. Was I murdered? Did I commit suicide? I don’t know if I’m in some sort of purgatory or if I’ve gone straight to hell.
I’m stuck somewhere in between life and death, forced to travel back in time to relive moments from my past, ones I’d rather forget. I’m desperate to piece together the details surrounding my death.
If I don’t, I fear my soul will never find rest.
Chock full of family drama, secrets, betrayal, and lies, Somewhere in Between is a Psychological Thriller with wicked twists
that will keep you hooked until the last page.
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Mosaic is a collection of very short stories, ranging from scary pieces to those full of hope. Through these stories, I hope to provide glimpses into what it means to be human. Each of us is made up of many different pieces that, when fit together, make a beautiful, messy whole. Those tiny pieces in and of themselves don’t mean much and are easily overlooked. But, when we put them all together, a full picture of what it means to be human starts to form.
Who are you and what do you write?
I am Dawn Hosmer. I write Psychological Thrillers and suspense.
Where and when and how did the writing life begin for you?
I knew from a very young age that I wanted to write. I wrote “books” in elementary school for assignments and fell in love with storytelling. As a teenager, I wrote tons of poetry full of teenage angst and longing that are collecting dust somewhere in my crawl space.
When my children were younger, I wrote several children’s books and queried them. I did not get any agent or publisher interest, so I shelved those, and they are now, too, collecting dust somewhere.
I tried to write my first novel in 2006, The End of Echoes. It was inspired by a real-life event that impacted my life in a profound way. Writing this book was healing for me in so many ways, and it truly is the story of my heart. You sometimes hear authors say they were meant to write a certain story – I was meant to write The End of Echoes. I feel like it was my destiny.
How has the journey to this point been? Can you give us a basic rundown?
The journey has been full of peaks and valleys. After writing The End of Echoes, I queried for many years and well over 100 agents. I was met with rejection after rejection. Each one felt like a knife through the heart because this story was so dear to me.
Instead of succumbing to defeat, I wrote my second book, Bits & Pieces. Writing this book was so much easier for me than the first. The words literally poured out of my fingers, and I got the first draft written quickly. After re-writes and edits, I queried again because my dream was always to be traditionally published. Again, I was met with countless rejections. Again, this took an emotional toll on me, so much so, that I couldn’t write a single word for over two years.
Then, a dear friend and I went to dinner, and she suggested I join Twitter because of the writing community. I DID NOT want to join another social media platform and was quite resistant. Throughout the meal, she wore me down and convinced me to join.
I am so thankful I did. When I joined Twitter a little over two years ago, I decided I was going to go all-in by following agents, publishers, editors, and trying to build a community of writers.
I participated in several pitch contests in March and April 2018. For anyone reading that isn't familiar with what a pitch contest is – you summarize your story in 280 characters or less. Agents and publishers then read through the pitches. If they like your pitch, it means they want additional information.
One contest I participated in was #adpit. I got interest in Bits & Pieces from ten agents and publishers. I was over the moon excited and sent off the requested materials. Right away, one agent and one publisher requested the full manuscript, which I happily sent off.
The publisher was a small independent publisher, Ant Colony Press, and the agent was from one of the largest literary agencies in Canada. Ant Colony offered a contract the same day I heard back from the literary agent in Canada. She offered me a revise and re-submit saying she loved the story and would more than likely accept it if I eliminated the major plot twist in the story.
I went back and forth on what to do. My dream was always to be traditionally published, and it sounded like that would be possible if I adjusted my story to fit what the agent wanted. I didn't sleep much that night, trying to make my decision about the path I wanted to take.
I ultimately decided to go with Ant Colony Press for a few reasons. One, I was not willing to change my story and remove the major plot twist (most readers LOVE that plot twist, and I'm so glad I kept it in there). Two, I'd heard so many horror stories about agents taking a book and then waiting years to find a publisher and sometimes never finding one. Three, the industry is changing so much, and I'd heard that many traditionally published authors were still responsible for all of their own advertising and marketing with much lower royalties than indie publishers offered. Because of my chronic illness and being in my mid-forties at the time, I didn't want to wait years to have my book out in the world. I didn't have any emotional energy left to ride that rollercoaster. So, I signed with Ant Colony.
I know this was the right decision for me because as soon as I did, my words returned and I could write again! I hadn't been able to write for over two long years!
I signed with Ant Colony in May 2018, and Bits & Pieces was published in November 2018. It was well-received, and I've had steady sales and reviews since it released, thanks mostly to the Writing Community on Twitter.
As many small, independent publishers face, Ant Colony was having trouble managing all of its authors because money was tight, and they were operating on a shoestring budget. I signed with Gestalt Media for my second book to be released, The End of Echoes, which came out in August 2019. Gestalt Media worked with Ant Colony Press to also obtain rights to Bits & Pieces, which re-released in September 2019 under Gestalt.
Sales and reviews have been much slower for The End of Echoes, which has been hard for me. It truly is the book of my heart, and I want it to get the same love and attention that Bits & Pieces has received. I also know that it's a much more emotional read and may not attract the same audiences as Bits & Pieces. It is a slice of life suspense that follows two families' tragedies over the course of eighteen years.
My third book, Somewhere In Between, is a Psychological Suspense, and it releases in June 2020 through Gestalt Media. It is currently on pre-order through Gestalt (the paperback and hardcover) and on Amazon (the eBook). I'm also currently working with a narrator, so it will also be available through Audible (as are my other two books).
What's been the hardest part of your writing/publishing experience so far?
The hardest part of the journey by far was the querying and subsequent rejection. Some people are able to take rejection with a grain of salt and not let it impact them emotionally. I am not one of those people. It was very difficult to put my dream of being traditionally published aside, but I’m so thankful that I made the choice to go with small, independent publishers.
And the most enjoyable?
The best part of this journey so far is the people I’ve met along the way. I have made lifelong friends in the Writing Community on Twitter. Also, any time I hear positive feedback from a reader, it makes every single moment of this journey worth it.
Would you go back and change anything?
If I could do it over again, I would have started writing immediately while querying The End of Echoes. I waited a while before I started writing Bits & Pieces, which I think made the querying process much harder. If I had been writing, I think I could have dumped some of my anxious energy into a new book instead of spending all my time refreshing email to check for agent’s responses.
Where would you like to be in 5 years' time? And 10? Or, what are your plans for the future?
My goals are to publish one to two books per year for as long as my muse will allow. I may self-publish some, continue to publish through Gestalt Media, and may, at some point, again seek traditional publication.
What's one piece of advice you'd give to new writers just starting out?
Sit down and write your story. First drafts are not meant to be perfect. Just get the words down, and you can fix it later.
And some quickfire preference questions for fun...
Ketchup or Mayo? - Mayo
Night or Day? - Night
Inside or Outside? - Inside
Dogs or Cats? - Both – but I currently have two cats
Twitter or Facebook? - Twitter
Ebook or Paperback? - Paperback
Sun or Rain? - Rain for writing; sun for other activities
Keyboard or Pencil & Notebook? - Keyboard
Comedy or Drama? - Drama
Chips or Chocolate? - Depends on the time of the month (LOL)
Dawn's other books include...
The End of Echoes
Two families, forever linked by tragedy.
Ruby Dunkin is in an abusive marriage. Her best efforts aren't enough to shield her two children from an abusive father whose cruelty knows no bounds. Their volatile situation ends in tragedy when Ruby's eldest son, Billy is torn away from everything he loves. Consumed by hatred and self-loathing Billy becomes the thing he hates the most—his father.
Chelsea Wyatt, a senior in high school, goes missing after work one night, never to return. Her parents are devastated, only knowing this kind of tragedy from the news. Crimes like this are unheard of in their quiet, midwestern town. Consumed by the tragic fate of their friend, family member and neighbor, their lives and futures are forever altered.
For over eighteen years, no one knows the connection between Ruby Dunkin and Chelsea Wyatt. A journey through time reveals the common thread stitching their heartbreak together. Yesterday echoes throughout each character's life as they decide how, and if, they will break the chains of the past.
Will they continue to leave a legacy of pain and loss for future generations? Will they break the cycles of abuse that have destroyed so many lives?
Bits & Pieces
A chance encounter with a stranger traps Tessa within the mind of a madman.
Tessa was born with a gift. Through a simple touch she picks up pieces of others. A “flash” of color devours her, the only indication that she’s gained something new from another person. Red equals pain; purple, a talent; yellow, a premonition; orange, a painful memory; and blue, a pleasant one. Each flash blurs the lines between her inherent traits and those she’s acquired from others. Whenever she gains bits of something new, she loses more pieces of herself.
While assisting in search efforts for a local missing college student, Tessa is paralyzed by a flash that rips through her like a lightning bolt, slicing apart her soul. A blinding light takes away her vision. A buzzing louder than any noise she’s ever heard overwhelms her, penetrates her mind. As the bolt works its way through her body, images and feelings take over. Women’s dead eyes stare at her as her hands encircle their throats. Their screams consume her mind. Memories invade her of the brutal murders of five women.
Will she be able to find the killer and help save the next victim? Can she do so without completely losing herself?
Bits & Pieces is a fast-paced, riveting Psychological Suspense with supernatural elements that leaves the reader guessing until the end.
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