Did you have a working title for your book Queen of Hearts? Or did you always have that title for your book? How did you come up with it?

I'm horrible at naming books. My husband and I walk our dogs at a beautiful lake near our home every night. He helps me plot while we walk. He actually came up with the title, Queen of Hearts.

Could you tell me how the book cover process works for you? The cover of your book is striking, just wondered if you had a say in how they turned out? Just wondering how involved you are in this process?

Desert Breeze Publishing has a very talented in-house cover artist, Jenifer Ranieri. She sends out a questionnaire asking authors to give their input on what they'd like on their covers. Once the Jenifer has the draft, she sends it to the author for approval before finalizing. I'm very happy with the cover.

How did you come up with the idea for Queen of Hearts? Were you happy with the book cover if this book?

Queen of Hearts was my NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project. I've always been a WWII buff and I'd just finished a contemporary romantic suspense and wanted to do something a little different. I e-mailed Gail Delaney, Editor-In-Chief at Desert Breeze Publishing and asked her if she had a need for a historical since that's what was rolling around in my head at the time. That was in October. She replied that she had an April spot and would hold it for me. I wrote Queen of Hearts during the month of November for the NaNoWriMo challenge. After a couple of edits, it was ready to go. Lucky for me, Gail liked it.

Can you give us a sneak peak into what book you are working on right now? When does it release? What format will it be in?

I'm taking a break from fiction and am working on two non-fiction books. Lessons from the Open Road is a book about the spiritual and life lessons I learned while riding a Harley Davidson. Designing Destiny is a chock full of encouragement and good advice on how to live a healthy and successful life, physically, financially, and emotionally.

Did you always know you wanted to be a writer K Dawn? If not, how did you catch the writing bug?

I've always been a reader, but didn't think seriously about writing until I worked as a counselor in a regional jail. I began to write down some of the lingo, aspects of the environment, etc and before I knew it, characters came to life in my head and I had a fictional work. That book is called Killing Time and will release with Desert Breeze Publishing in August. It's a romantic suspense about a strong Christian woman who is wrongly incarcerated, framed for murder, and finds herself running for her life upon release.

I read in an interview that you were reluctant at first to publish your first book in an Ebook format? Can you tell my why you were uneasy and what changed your mind to go ahead and publish your first book this way? Will your book be available in book form down the road?

I became aware of Desert Breeze Publishing when they were requesting initial submissions shortly after opening. Even though I didn't know much about ebooks, I wasn't interested in publishing in eformat because I'm a book collector and love my print books. Things changed when I read a review for Michelle Sutton's Danger at the Door. I HAD to read that book. There was only one was only available in eformat. I thought about it for a few days and finally gave in. Once I learned to download ebooks to my Blackberry and my netbook, it opened my up to a another world of reading pleasure. From that point on, I've bought nothing but ebooks.

Why write Christian Fiction when you could write any other market? What’s the draw?

I've often said that authors who write Christian fiction, probably shut themselves off from much of the market sales-wise. There's a whole world of secular publishers and New York Time Best Sellers out there. That said, I believe that there are readers who are tired of the sex, smut, and gore and looking for a good, clean read. Desert Breeze Publishing doesn't publish erotica and maintains a G-rated website.


1. What are your THREE Favorite books of all time?

The Bible, Sundays at Tiffanys, pretty much anything by Michelle Sutton (she's so good at developing characters that I love)

2. What THREE movies could you watch over and over again?

Titanic, Gone with the Wind, The Sound of Music

3. If you had the opportunity to hang out with any two people in the history of the world—alive or dead; who would you pick and what would you do? (someone other than Jesus)

1) Lucy Herndon Crockett, an eccentric author. I'd just like to talk to her.
(I couldn't find a picture of Lucy)
2) Mildred Wirt Benson- she wrote many of the early Nancy Drew books. It would have been fun to talk about my favorite girl's series books.

4. A friend of yours has a time machine that they are letting you use. But you can only witness two events in this history of the world. What to events would you experience? Why?

1) The signing of the Declaration of Independence because I'm a history buff.

2) The V-Day Celebration at Times Square for the same reason.

5. What THREE T.V. shows were you most passionate as a kid? (You know the ones you couldn’t miss each week)

1) Grizzly Adams because I love animals.

2) I Love Lucy.

3) Scooby Doo.

6. What movie impacted you as a child? Why?

I really can't think of one. I didn't watch many movies. I was too busy reading.


Please visit my blog where I give away several books per month, most signed by the author.

Thanks so much K Dawn for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your books.


Nora :D



CONGRATS to LISA LICKEL - Winner of this Ebook.
I used to pick winners.

THANKS to everyone that stopped by to encourage K Dawn and leave a comment.

Blessings to you all!

****DISCLAIMER: Entering the give away is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws. Void where prohibited; open U.S. residents and Canadian residents only, odds of winning depend on number of entrants *****


  1. I've laready read K. Dawn's book so I don't need to be entered into the drawing, but I do want to tell everyone what an enjoyable book Queen of Hearts is. K. Dawn, you're a talented writer!

  2. I think the cover of your book is phenomenal. I haven't read any of your books to date, and would love to win this one. I see we have a love for many of the 'old' things!
    Please enter me. Thanks.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  3. Shawna:
    Thanks for your kind comment.

    I love old things and will buy antiques over new things when possible. Good luck!

  4. I would love to get entered in the drawing to win one of K. Dawn's books.


  5. I have heard great things about this book, I would love to have the chance to read it. Thank you!

    Email in profile.

  6. I reviewed and loved Queen of Hearts, so no need to enter me in the drawing. However, I want to say that I am speechless that my book Never Without Hope is listed as one of your favorites. Wow. Have I told you how much I appreciate you lately, Miss K. Dawn Byrd? :)

  7. I have this book on my "want to read" list. Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. I love to see all the places you pop up! You did a phenomenal job promoting for the book club choice.


  9. I loved your interview K. Dawn and look forward to reading your books. You are new author for me and I have fallen in love with Christian fiction. Thanks for your clean books.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway and the opportunity to enter.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  10. Thank you everyone for your kind comments! I just found out today that "Queen of Hearts" was the top selling book for Desert Breeze Publishing during the month of April. I'm very pleased.

  11. Gone With the Wind is one of my all time favorite movies to watch as well.


  12. This book looks really interesting - great interview! Please put my name in the box. Thanks Bets

  13. Would love to read this book!!!

    Gail Mundy