Welcome to another of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with non-fiction author Dawn Dais. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Dawn: Hello there, I’m based out of Sacramento, California, USA, where I was born and raised. I came to be a writer when I was a kid, then a published writer after I trained for a marathon and turned my mediocre running skills into a funny book (The Nonrunner’s Marathon Training Guide for Women).
Morgen: You clearly write non-fiction from life, how do you decide what to write about?
Dawn: As I mentioned, my first book was inspired by my training for a marathon. While I was training I was sending out humorous updates to my friends and family, documenting my transformation from the laziest person on the planet to the laziest person on the planet who had completed a marathon. It was a transformation full of humor (and quite a bit of cussing as well). I received quite a bit of positive feedback on those updates so I decided to try to turn them into a book. That book went on to be pretty successful because it mixes my real life tales with a little advice and a lot of heart. That blend seems to be my goal for most of my non-fiction writing, so I’m always looking for subjects that I can write about in that way. When I had my first child and went through the insanity that is parenthood, I realized that experience would naturally make a great book.
Morgen: Humour is certainly popular, and very hard to capture, and parents will always want to read about other parents’ experiences. You’ve mentioned two books so far, what have you had published to-date?
Dawn: I have three books published, The Nonrunner’s Marathon Training Guide for Women, The Noncyclist’s Guide to the Century and Other Road Races, and The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year. They are all in their own way about crazy challenges I take on and the humor I find along the way.
Morgen: 🙂 Are your books available as eBooks? Do you read eBooks or is it paper all the way?
Dawn: All of my books are available as eBooks and I’m about 50/50 on what I read. eBooks are definitely more convenient, especially for a mom, and most especially for a breastfeeding mom. I specifically wrote my baby book with the thought that it would be a perfect book for new moms to read while doing late night feedings. eBooks are great middle of the night companions.
Morgen: I have to say I love them for their portability (and they are so easy to get online). Did you choose the titles / covers of your books?