Nov 17, 2023
Episode 154 - Dawn Chalker - Writing What You Know
Dawn Chalker wrote her first novel in fifth grade, finding inspiration from real life. That curiosity, creativity and imagination has continued throughout her life, drawing stories from journeys in nature. The northern Michigan-based writer based her recent novel, Bear Me in Mind, on a real-life encounter with a bear in Alaska and also her love for British detective shows. She also writes children’s books.
In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, host Lynne Golodner interviews Dawn about the joys of writing, the importance of writing what you know, her publishing choices, and how she promotes her books.
Writing a first novel in fifth grade before YA was a genre
Writing as mindfulness
Finding inspiration for books and diving into research to build a story
Writing what you know and doing research
Basing characters on people
Finding the best beta readers
Respecting the writer and understanding their goals
The importance of doing your own book marketing
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