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Q & A with Author Nyrae Dawn

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Author bio: Writing has always been Nyrae Dawn’s passion. There have been times in her life where she wasn’t able to chase that dream the way she desired, but she always found her way back to telling stories.

One of her loves has always been writing about teens. There’s something so fresh and fun about the age that she loves exploring. Her husband says it’s because she doesn’t want to grow up. She doesn’t think that’s such a bad thing and luckily for her, he doesn’t either.

Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. She loves going on emotional journeys with characters whether it be reading or writing. And yes, she’s a total romantic at heart and proud.

Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids.

When she’s not with her family, you can be pretty sure you’ll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her.

 What inspired you to write Measuring Up?
I struggle with my weight, myself. I know what it feels like to look in the mirror and not be happy with what you see. That being said, I didn't want it to just be about weight either. I think all of us have some kind of insecurities and I wanted to write a book to show that we all feel that way, but whatever your insecurity is, it doesn't define you.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
Gayle Foreman, Trish Doller, Sarah Ockler, Jenny Han, CK Kelly Martin to name a few :)

Which character was the most difficult to write?
Probably Annabel's mom because I didn't understand her.

What was your favorite scene to write in Measuring Up?
Tegan and Annabel's first kiss! LOL. Also when she starts to see how strong she is.

Do you have any current projects you are working on?
Can you share a little about them? I'm working on an adult book right now. After that I have a new adult to write. It's called Facade and it's the second book to Charade. It's Colt's friend Adrian.

What advice would you give to someone who would like to become a published author?
 Read, read, read. Write, write, write. I wrote and queried many books before ever publishing. With each one my writing grew and I hope it continues to.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
 I'm not sure this is a quirk or not, but I can't outline or brainstorm on the computer. That part of the process has to be pen and paper for me.

If you could be a character in any book, who would you be?
That's tough! Maybe Claire from The Outlander (adult). Jamie Fraser is my favorite male character in any book and I love Claire's strength.

Thanks for having me!

 What a Boy Wants, What a Boy Needs, Freeing Carter, Measuring Up, Karma Bites

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