How did you get into writing?
I was media team leader for many years in my church. I knew God was leading me in a different direction and when the year ended I ended my participation in that ministry. I prayed and thought for about a month before I decided writing was what I was supposed to do. As soon as I submitted to God’s leading the story of my first book Healing Love came into my mind.
Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?
I joined a Christian Writer’s Forum and received a lot of help and critiques. I needed help since I was a novice and they were kind enough to give it to me. One man, Pastor George McVey, even told me one part was the stupidest thing he had ever heard. He and I are good friends now and will be co-authoring a book soon.
What do you think makes a good story?
I think real life issues which deal with relationships and choices. My stories often don’t have a bad guy(s). It’s not often there is a real bad guy in our real lives. Relationships are difficult enough and making the right choices can be hard to do since often it may seem like you are hurting the ones you love. But God’s way always works the best even though it can be the toughest.
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
I’m both. I know what the conflict I’m starting with and where I want it to end but getting there usually isn’t all figured out. I’ll outline what I think will happen in each chapter but in the end it’s never gone the way I outlined.
Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
Yes, Sophie Dawson is my pen name. There are several reasons why I decided to use one. I won’t go into those here. You can find them on the “About Me” page on my website. Dawson is my maiden name so that’s pretty easy to tell why. Sophie, means wisdom and I’m trying to pass on God’s wisdom found in the Bible to others on living as he instructed us.
Do you have any books in the writing stage?
At the moment I have three started and one I’m doing some research on. One is the forth book in the Cottonwood Series, Redeeming Love. That one I’m co-authoring with Pastor George. I’m also working on a contemporary novel which I may publish under a different pen name. I also a novel set at the time of Jesus in the works. There will be at least one more Stones Creek book. As long as God gives me the stories I’ll write them.
The Civil War has been over for two years. Two young women step off the train in Stones Creek, Colorado at the same time. One is returning to the family and ranch she loves, the other starting a new life leaving the memories which haunt her behind.
*Leah, trying to flee her memories of the Civil War. She moves to Stones Creek, Colorado in 1867 following the death of her surgeon father. She had followed along as he treated Union soldiers in battle after battle. All she wants to do is forget, especially the handsome physician whose career she knew she had destroyed.
*Eli, rejected by his parents because of his scarred face and arm. He moved to Stones Creek following a war buddy and has found welcome. Eli is puzzled by the newcomer Leah's coldness and avoidance.
*Each wonders about the other. Why does this woman, who is friendly to everyone else in town, reject his offer of friendship? Why does she avoid looking at his face? How can she have peace knowing she is responsible for his scars? How could God have lead her to a town where the one person she wanted to forget lives, works and wants to be her friend?
Sophie has tried many things over the years. She loves to sew and do many types of needlework and was a professional machine quilter for a number of years. Most of the recent years have been spent as a professional volunteer on a hospital board and at her church. Professional volunteers work professional hours and get paid volunteer wages.
Retired from that Sophie now writes, reads, gardens, sews and spends time with her granddaughter. She also enjoys playing games on her iPad and MacBook Air. Many a wasted hour is spent on one or the other.
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