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Monday, April 13, 2020

Dawn Klinge and Free Books!

When Ann meets Paul, an aspiring journalist with strong ideas of his own, she learns an unexpected lesson in courage and discovers what it really means to live her dreams.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Terri Wangard's historical novel, Roll Back the Clouds, is:


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And now let's meet novelist Dawn Klinge, author of the historical novel, Sorrento Girl (Genevieve Press, March 2020).

A graduate of the University of Idaho with a degree in elementary education, Dawn Klinge began writing online in 2005. She’s a Pacific Northwest native who loves a rainy day, a hot cup of coffee, and a good book to get lost in.

This wife and mom to two young adults is often inspired by true personal and historical accounts. Dawn is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

As soon-to-be empty nesters, my husband and I are learning new hobbies together that will take us into this different phase of life. Golf is our current challenge.

I'm not a golfer, but I know from experience that it's much more difficult than a lot of people realize!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Sorrento Girl.

It’s 1938, and Ann Brooks has big dreams of her new life as a Seattle College coed. She’s left the old-fashioned ways of her small country town behind to pursue higher education and a teaching career.

But not everyone is ready for change.

Society still preaches that a woman’s place is in the home. Some refuse to see Ann as an equal deserving of an education — let alone a career — and Ann's friends think school is simply a springboard to pursue a marriage of wealth and convenience.

When Ann meets Paul, an aspiring journalist with strong ideas of his own, she learns an unexpected lesson in courage and discovers what it really means to live her dreams.

Will Ann give up everything she thought she wanted for love? Or can she have it all?

What is it about Ann that will make your readers care about her?

Ann is a young woman with an adventurous spirit who was raised by a loving single-father who encourages her to pursue her dreams. Without a mother, Ann looks to women like Amelia Earhart and her aunt Rose as examples for the kind of woman she wants to be. She admires their courage.

When Ann is confronted with a situation that requires speaking up for herself, her courage is tested. This dilemma is one I believe many women will relate to.

Getting on the other side of those challenges is often life changing!

What kind of brainstorming do you when beginning a new novel?

I start reading historical accounts of the time and place I want to write about. I listen to the music, I look at art, fashion, and architecture. I immerse myself in research until an idea hits, and then I run with it.

I haven't written a lot of historical fiction, but I have respect for writers of that genre. It requires yet another level of knowledge beyond writing contemporary stories. 

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

I just finished reading The Orphan Beach, by Laura Thomas. I recommend this romantic suspense because it was one that transported me to its wonderful settings in Oregon and Mexico, I loved the characters, it kept me turning the pages in excitement, and it had a beautiful message of faith.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on edits for a historical romance set in 1890s Chicago called Palmer Girl. It will be published in the Fall of 2020.

Where else can readers find you online?

My online home is www.dawnklinge.com and I can also be found on FB and IG.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What’s your favorite way to connect with an author?

Thanks, Dawn, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Dawn has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to her question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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Caryl Kane said...

Hello Trish and Dawn! One of my favorite ways to connect with an author is social media. I also enjoy meeting them in person when I'm able.

Sorrento Girls sounds like a must read!


Alison Boss said...

Thank you for the fun interview, Dawn and Trish! I always enjoy getting to know new authors. I like connecting with authors through social media. Meeting them in person would also be a wonderful experience. Sorrento Girl sounds very good! thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book!!


Joan A said...

I connect on Facebook! I'm also looking forward to meeting some authors at the ACFW Storyfest in September! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

Linda Petrin said...

My new favorite way to discover an author may be through Good Reads. But from there, Instagram and Facebook offer ways to interact with an author and get to know them. In-person is always a pleasure too but not always realistic. Thank you for the interview read. It was very informative. lbpetrin(at)gmail(dot)com

Dawn M. Klinge said...

Thank you, Trish, for allowing me to share with your readers! Caryl, Alison... I love meeting authors on social media too. Joan...Storyfest looks like a lot of fun. I want to go some time. Linda, I'm enjoying Goodreads lately too.


I Love to connect with Authors through FB and also their newsletters Sounds like a great book ! SARAHTAYLOR601973(at)YAHOO(dot)COM

Natasha said...

On Facebook or instagram

Jagoda said...

Hello , my favorite way is through social media

Debra Barretta said...

Thank you for the interview ladies! I like learning about how writers think. I would love to win a copy of Sorrento Girl!!! ❤️ stylewisebydebra(at)gmail(dot)com

Trish Perry said...

Especially in the midst of our national lockdown, it's great we can all keep in touch and even "meet" new friends and authors via social media!

I haven't gone to a writers' conference in a few years, but that's one of my favorite ways of meeting fellow authors.

Joan mentions the ACFW Storyfest above, which is in its inaugural year this year. I do hope it's still a go, since it doesn't take place until September. Such a fun idea: https://www.acfw.com/conference/2020_acfw_storyfest

Vivian Furbay said...

What an interesting story! I like historical fiction about WW2. Would like to read this one. I connect with others on Facebook. Vivian Furbay. jtandviv (at) q (dot) com

Patty said...

Social media, Facebook in particular is the easiest way to connect with authors I have found! Instagram sometimes, but mostly Facebook.




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