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What I just finished reading:
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Little Bee by Chris Cleave

What I'm reading right now:
The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. LeGuin
Serena by Ron Rash

What's in my "to read" stack:
The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
Gravity by Tess Gerristen

What's on my desk?
TARDIS flash drive/ USB port
Shakespeare action figure
"The War of Art," by Steven Pressfield
Photo of my parents and me at my first book signing
Pens, folders, and various forms of clutter

Q & A with Dawn DeAnna Wilson

Q. What inspired you to want to become a writer?
This is strange, but I can't imagine a time when I did NOT want to be a writer. I wrote my first "book" when I was five, and I have never wanted to be anything else. I guess I was just wired that way.

Q.Which writers have influenced you?
I'd have to say Rod Serling is at the top of the list, along with Ray Bradbury and Ursula K. LeGuin.

Q. Do you write poetry, short stories, etc.?
I have written a play, "Jesu of Fondue," which was produced by the Nash County Arts Council and the Storefront Theatre in Waxhaw, NC. You can read the details on my blog on Goodreads.

I'm also an artist. You can view some of my work at the Artsy Episcopalian.

I've illustrated a book called Lit Pics, which is kind of like a literary version of Pictionary. I've also illustrated the children's book Little Shoppe of Colors by Billie Hinton.

Q. What projects are you working on now?
I'm working on a four-book middle grade fantasy series in the same vein as the Narnia Chronicles and the Taran Wanderer series. I'm hoping to have that ready in 2015.

Q. Your five favorite books?
Always tough to say, but I'd have to go with:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. LeGuin
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Q. If you couldn't be a writer, what would you do?
I think I would have gone to art school. Or traveled across the country in a van solving mysteries.

Q. Is there anywhere online where I can read your stuff for free?
Sure! Check out the short stories "Things I've Seen While Kayaking," which appeared in Glass Fire Magazine and "Denmark High School Reunion," which appeared in Dr. Hurley's Snake Oil Cure.

Q. If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
William Shakespeare. His work is still being produced 300+ years later, meaning he had an incredible insight into human nature and the human condition. Plus, I think he would know where all the good parties are.

Q. Night owl, or early bird?
Night owl. I feel like all the ideas are out there, alone, just waiting for me to grab them out of the dark.

Q. What is one book everyone should read?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Q. Pet peeves?
Close talkers. Seriously. Freak. Me. Out.

Q. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
London. I love the architecture and the history of the city—it just seems to glow with character.

Q. Do you have any pets?
I have a tuxedo cat named Gatsby.

Q. What is your favorite quote?
"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. What we do to the web we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect." —by Chief Seattle.