Dawn H. Hawkes was born in the beautiful country of Norway. Having been buried in fairy-tales from the moment she knew what one was, it was something that followed her throughout the years. With a strong belief that there is someone out there for everyone and it’s just a matter of finding that special someone, she’s incorporated this into her stories.
She’s a fan of almost anything mythological and thinks there is nothing sexier than a man going against the stereotype of his kind, vampires and shape-shifters alike, particularly if he growls or has a mighty roar.
Individuality is greatly praised by the author and she believes that one should never stop dreaming; no matter what people say, they can never rob you of your dreams.
While having an everlasting love for creatures of the night, such as vampires, shape-shifters and other otherworldly creatures (of the non-evil sort), she is considered weird by her friends for the fact that horror movies scare the crap out of her and she’s rarely seen one voluntarily...except for maybe The Grudge, but that was only because Sarah Michelle Gellar (aka Buffy Summers) starred in it…otherwise…she’s the one hiding behind the pillow, carefully asking whoever sits next to her “What happened?” every time someone screams.
She really hopes to inspire people around her, to have them take part in her own little world inside of her own busy little mind.
Q: When did you start writing stories?
A: It seems like I’ve always been writing stories, if not on paper then definitely in my mind…I’ve always had the tendency to live through my stories in my head before putting them on paper. Ever since I was a child I’ve had a strong love for fairy tales and the supernatural (still do) and many of my essays during my years of school, if able to chose, would be packed with everything from talking dogs to evil cup-cake men and all sorts of fiends and misunderstood creatures. Truth be told, I don’t think there has ever been a time when I haven’t been writing stories.
Q: What would you say inspires you the most?
A: Well everything related to mythology inspires me, but what initially sparked my interest was probably Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a series that has been a great source of inspiration to me over the years. I remember the first episode I ever watched was an episode from season 2, named Bad Eggs…it gave me a nightmare…It wasn’t till season 4 started showing in my country that I really started getting into it. But it was really with that that my interest in mythological creatures such as vampires and werewolves took place. And since then my interest expanded, I even have my own little collection of books about myths and gods/goddesses at home, everything from Celtic-, Asian- and even Native American myths and legends.
Q: Do you have any authors you look up to?
A: Oh I have plenty of those, J. K. Rowling is definitely one of my favorite authors, no doubt about it; Stephenie Meyer and Darren Shan too definitely. As for in the paranormal romance genre, J. R. Ward and other authors like J. L. Langley and Stormy Glenn have definitely made a mark in my mind, as well as a bunch of other writers.
Q: What’s the hardest thing you encounter in your writing?
A: The TITLES! To me it seems like the stories are the easy part, but I can practically knock myself silly trying to think of a good enough title. When it does come, it’s usually by the strike of lightening; popping into my mind as if it was that obvious all along. And I will not submit something without a proper title, no matter how good the story might be.
Q: Do you have a message to convey through your stories?
A: Yes and no, mainly I write just for the joy of sharing my stories, to share my world with others. Still, when writing my stories I really want people to see the love between my characters and know that it is something beautiful, because love is beautiful, no matter of the gender of the people involved. While I may be straight, I don’t like people who are prejudice against people for choosing to love someone of the same gender or even both genders. People are who they are and frankly, you don’t get to chose who you love, you just do. Narrow-mindedness is nobodies friend.
Q: Do you only write gay paranormal romances?
A: No, I initially started writing straight erotic fiction. I got a great deal of positive response, and I knew I wanted to try to get something published. For now, I am primarily only writing gay romances, but I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t write some straight stories in the future.
Q: Do you think you’ll ever stop writing?
A: NEVER! My imagination will go on forever!
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