Hello treasures! Today I’m sharing an indie published book that just released called “Dawn and the Letters.” You might remember that I also took part in Eliza’s first blog tour for her Debut “Dawn Chandler.” You can read that blog tour post here!
Dawn and the Letters is the sequel to Dawn Chandler. It’s a set of wholesome books to give to a friend, daughter, cousin or sister for Christmas!
Because of the crazy last few months of this year I didn’t have a chance to sit down and read this book, but I know Eliza and her dedication to sharing encouraging stories that build girls up. It’s super exciting for her to be releasing her second book and I’m very happy to help in sharing with the world!
Like the previous blog tour I did for Jesseca, I also did an author interview with Eliza, and I mixed up the questions a bit. Here’s an intro to this author and then the Q and A!
Eliza Noel is a home school graduate with passion for Jesus, people, and literature. Growing up, her favorite books were always Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, and Pride and Prejudice. Around age twelve she wanted to read something with positive values in a modern setting, but couldn’t find what she was looking for. So she wrote it.
When not doing something book-related (reading, writing, blogging, bookstagramming), Eliza works at her day jobs, spends time with her many younger siblings, longboards, has coffee with friends, eats chocolate, and listens to music. California is home, but she would like to travel more and feels she could learn to be content anywhere.
You can follow her writing journey and see snippets of her everyday life on her blog here or by following @elizanoelauthor on social media.
Q and A
What drove you to write a sequel to Dawn Chandler?
Eliza’s Answer: Ooh, I don’t remember the exact moment I decided to write a sequel. I do know that the Dawn Chandler first draft was almost twice as long as the finished project, which was a bit long for the age group I write for. There was also a lot going on. I originally had the entire Rochelle storyline in Dawn Chandler. I decided to just foreshadow it a bit and instead have the sequel focus on the tension between her and Dawn Chandler. So I guess that was at least part of it.
If there was only one thing that a reader took from Dawn and the Letters, what do you want them to remember?
Eliza’s Answer: That one of the greatest commandments God has given us is to love others and that with the Holy Spirit’s help we can do that, even when people are mean.
Did you have a theme song/playlist while writing Dawn and the Letters?
Eliza’s Answer: If so, what was it? I mean…kinda? Haters by 1GN fits the theme and is even mentioned in the story. Also, the Cheers theme song fits Lone Pine and the whole small town feel well. Disclaimer- I don’t necessarily recommend the show and I haven’t seen a full episode.
What did you learn from this book that you didn’t learn from the first and you will use in the future?
Eliza’s Answer: Although I didn’t plot out the whole book I did at least outline chapters up to the halfway point and just in general know where the story was going. I think that was really helpful and not something I did with the first book.
What would you tell your younger writing self if you could go back in time?
Eliza’s Answer: I guess I would simply tell my younger self to try to keep reading and keep writing. But I would also say don’t stress during the seasons where school, family things or work have to take priority and you’re not left with as much time for books as you’d like.
Thank you Eliza!
Thanks so much letting me take part in your publishing journey! I hope God blesses you and continues to guide you in all your ways! He’s doing big things with your girl!
Are you a reader? What do you look for specifically in books? What makes a book good vs bad for you? Let’s chat in the comments!