Interview with Dawn Crandall & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Dawn Crandall & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted Word————————————————————————-

Dawn Crandall writes long inspirational historical romantic suspense from first person point of view. She has a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University and lives in northeast Indiana with her ever-supportive husband, her three cats [Lilly, Pumpkin and Clover] and their newest addition, a little baby boy.

Find out more information about her debut novel, upcoming books, and more at


Savanna:  Welcome back to The Engrafted Word, Dawn! I’m so thrilled to have you stop by again and talk about your latest release! I’ve been counting down the days with you, my friend. 😉 Congratulations!

Out of your three heroines you’ve written so far, which of these ladies remind you the most of yourself? Who do you most relate to and why?

Interview with Dawn Crandall & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordDawn:  Amaryllis Brigham from The Hesitant Heiress (book 1) is very much just like me! I’ve always told everyone that if they want to know what I’m like inside, reading her POV will tell them everything they could want to know. When I began writing the book, it was just for the sheer joy of it, so naturally, it was easiest for me to put someone just like myself in the situations and know exactly how she would behave. It’s easy for me to think the worst of situations and to not believe the good… and I think this comes out very strongly in Amaryllis’s personality.

Savanna:  I just want to hug you! I wanted to hug Amaryllis too! 😉

If readers could only take away one lesson from this series, what do you hope it would be?

Dawn:  I want them to realize that just because things might not seem perfect at the moment—or they might actually seem like nothing will work out the way you want at all—stay strong and just keep going. Your story isn’t finished yet. We all have chapters in our lives that don’t seem pleasant—those are the ones that make the happy ending coming that much sweeter.

Savanna:  I love seeing the pictures you post on Facebook of your adorable little boy, Rhett. Do you read to him? What’s one of his favorite stories? 🙂

Interview with Dawn Crandall & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordDawn:  Every night before bed, he plays in front of a shelf in his room half filled with toys and half filled with books. He likes to pull his favorite ones out and go through them. One is a large board books with nursery rhymes and another is a counting book with Thumper (from Bambi).

Savanna:  Can you share with us a piece of writing advice that has made a difference in your career?

Dawn:  Write what you love. My books aren’t written like most historical romances in the Christian book market—they are from first person POV of only the heroine. They unfold like a mystery to be solved, one step at a time. These are the kinds of books I’m always looking for and never finding… deeply personal suspenseful books that remind me of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

Savanna:  You’ve received some wonderful review for your books so far. Can you share with us one of your favorites? 🙂 It’s okay, don’t be shy!

Dawn:  I really LOVED your reviews, Savanna! But then again, yours are linked right here. 🙂 Okay, this does feel weird, but this is definitely one of my very favorites—a review for The Bound Heart that I can’t help but feel explains everything this reader feels so perfectly:

(NorthernBookLover on Amazon) “I was bit worried if I would love this second book in The Everstone Chronicles as much as I liked the first. How silly of me! I liked it even more! The Bound Heart grabbed my heart from the first page and kept me emotionally involved for the entire book. Ms. Crandall weaves a tale to grip your emotions and make you FEEL.

I absolutely loved Meredyth! She is someone who I was imagining I was her best friend, living out the pages of this book with her as she told me everything in first person POV. There were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing and wondering, yet it mostly focused on Meredyth’s emotions. I love living through a character and Ms. Crandall was able to transport my mind where I felt like I was feeling and experiencing Meredyth’s emotions, so I had so much fun while reading The Bound Heart!

It’s been a really long time since I have really fallen in love with a male lead in a book. While I liked Lawry from the very beginning, I completely, totally, head-over-heals, heart-knocking and sighing out loud; fell in love with Lawry at the end of chapter 8! I am sure it will happen in different spots for other readers, but that was mine. I’ve had this experience two other times this year while reading this year, while both of the other books are quite different and that was more the overall experience than falling in love with the main male character. I believe Dawn Crandall is in good company with Becky Wade and Katherine Reay. The other two books that made me FEEL were Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade and Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay.

Of course there are other characters, especially one little gem in this book that play important roles and show off the author’s character development, but I think you should read the book to find out rather than have me keep going on.”

Interview with Dawn Crandall & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna:  Wow! I LOVE that review! Thanks for sharing it with us. I loved that book as well. Your series has been so much fun to review too!

Now that you are wrapping up your Everstone Chronicles series, what are you working on next? Your readers (me included) are excited for what’s ahead! 😉

Dawn:  I’m actually planning to continue on with three more books about characters readers will have met in these first three books. I can’t name names right now for those who haven’t read the series, but they are coming eventually. It will probably take a while since I don’t have anything beyond these first three books written so far. I have book four planned out, but still, I have no idea about the time-frame. There will be more books though, don’t you worry. 🙂

Savanna:  That sounds great, Dawn. I’m so glad you were able to stop in for a visit. You’re welcome here any time! Thanks for sharing your books with us.


Dawn has graciously offered to give away an e-book copy of the reader’s choice of her books. Enter below and it could be YOU! 😉

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Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and ends April 7, 2015.  The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody! 😉

73 comments on “Interview with Dawn Crandall & GIVEAWAY
  1. Kathryn Voss says:

    Hmm, I think I most related to the daughter Lainie in Kellie Coates Gilbert’s book. Maybe it’s because I am a 31 year old daughter myself. Because I’m definitely NOT as stubborn as she is!

  2. Rebecca D says:

    I am looking forward to reading this series. Thanks for the interview and chance to win!

  3. Sydney Anderson says:

    I am definitely looking forward to reading books by Dawn Crandall. Have not read this book series yet, but it looks really good!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I’ve enjoyed every one of Dawn’s books so far. I hope you’ll add the series to your reading list, Sydney. Good luck in the giveaway!

  4. Brooke R says:

    This series looks really good! I would love to read it!

  5. Brooke says:

    I would love to read these books!

  6. Leslie W says:

    Great interview, I love learning about you and can’t wait to read your books.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      So glad you enjoyed the interview, Leslie. I always have such fun welcoming authors and readers to my blog. 🙂 Good luck in the giveaway!

  7. Nice interview! Dawn is a wonderful author with a tireless passion for the Christian fiction genre.

  8. Rebecca Steele says:

    I love first person POV and I love inspirational historical romance. I know the book will be clean 😉

  9. Thanks for stopping by, Kathryn, Rebecca and Sydney! Good luck in the contests you’ve been entering here and at! ❤️

  10. Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Savanna! It’s always a great time! ❤️

  11. Trixi O. says:

    I am super excited that you are featuring Dawn on your blog today Savanna!! I have a rare paper copy (I won on FB giveaway) of “The Bond Heart” that I have YET to read….I really want to read the first book in this series before I do. And I hate waiting…lol! I’ve seen rave reviews on her books and really, really want to delve right in on my own to see what all the fuss is about 😀
    Dawn, congrats again on releasing your third book “The Captive Imposter”! What a fun series it sounds like. From your interview here there may possibly be more in the future! Very cool 🙂 And I remember that review on Amazon, I had read when it was posted (I wanted to get to know your book more), and it blew me away! It REALLY made me want to read your series. So I was very happy when I won the print copy of “The Bound Heart” so I can find out more for myself. Lawry sounds absolutely falling-in-love worthy from the review, can’t wait to “meet” him!
    Thank you ladies for coming out today! Dawn, for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to us & Savanna, for featuring a great author. Even though I haven’t read any of the books yet,I can already tell I’ll be in love with them & have a great new-to-me author to follow! Blessings to you both 🙂

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Ah, Trixi, you’re SO lucky to have a paperback copy of The Bound Heart!! Bet it’s BEAUTIFUL! Yes, you MUST read this series. Lawry was a very memorable hero… just loved him. Thanks for joining us for the interview/giveaway. Have a great week!

  12. Trixi O. says:

    Oh dear, I just seen my typo (so embarrasing)….that’s suppose to read in the second sentence “The BOUND Heart” NOT Bond…yikes!!

  13. Edward Arrington says:

    I think my wife would enjoy reading Dawn Crandall’s books.

  14. I read and reviewed books 1 and 2, and am eager to read book 3 in The Everstone Chronicles!! Looking forward to books 4, 5, and 6 ~ Yippee! Thanks, Dawn, and good to visit you again, Savanna, at The Engrafted Word! Happy Easter, Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I know, Kathleen. I’m so excited to see these characters continue in to future books. It’s great to see you here. Happy Easter to you as well!!

  15. BJ Marley says:

    I just read the Hesitant Heiress. I’d love to read another one.

  16. Brenda Murphree says:

    I would love to win one of these books! I have never read this author Dawn Crandall but I would love to find a new author I like! Thanks for the opportunity!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I’m so happy you could stop by, Brenda. Definitely add Dawn’s books to your reading list. Each one has been a new favorite of mine. 😉

  17. Amelia says:

    I recently finished reading Tears of the sea by Marylu Tyndall. I related the most to Perdita. Her courage and determination, although not always used with discretion, really spoke to me.

  18. Melanie Backus says:

    Dawn is new to me and I thank you for introducing her. I would love to read her books.

  19. Joan Arning says:

    Savannah, I’m guessing you will be at the Hartville festival. Wish I could come.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Joan! Yes, I’ll be there. 🙂 I’ve been helping out with the event some and will be organizing a book signing and author presentation with Regina Jennings too. I’m so excited. You should come! 😉 If you are able to make it, let me know and we’ll meet up. I’ll try to post pics too.

  20. bn100 says:

    don’t really relate to characters

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Each reader is different. 🙂 So what grabs you the most in a story, bn100? The plot, the setting, the twists? What’s your favorite genre to read?

  21. Aerykah says:

    I have no need to enter the giveaway, but I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed reading the interview! 🙂

  22. Donna B says:

    I haven’t yet read any of Dawn’s books. I’m looking forward to getting them to read!

  23. KayM says:

    I really enjoyed The Hesitant Heiress and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

  24. I look forward to reading your books. Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. Maxie Anderson says:

    Thanks Savanna for the great review. I’ve not read a book by Dawn yet. Hope I can win one. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  26. Christian Palmer says:

    I absolutely love Christian historical fiction. I have not gotten the chance to read any book in this series but I can’t wait until I can start reading one! God Bless 🙂

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      We’re glad you could join us, Christian. Hope you get to read these books soon. I just love Christian historical fiction! Good luck in the giveaway. 🙂

  27. Brittany Stump says:

    The last book I read was the novella The Queen by Kiera Cass. The main character has to keep the family secrets queit about the Royal family and how they really are behind closed doors. It just reminds me of how we all try so hard to look “put together” on the outside but can be a complete mess behind closed doors. The quote “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle” comes to my mind. No matter who you see it talk to there is always something going on in the background so we must extend as much grace as possible to everyone.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Sounds like a great book, Brittany. Thanks for sharing what you did. You’re SO right…. your words are something that’s also been on my mind a lot lately. Wise words we should all remember on a daily basis. I’m glad you stopped by!

  28. Becky Dempsey says:

    These books look so good! dbdempsey98(at)gmail(dot)com

  29. Dezi A says:

    I haven’t read any of these books yet, but I am putting them on my GoodReads list now. Historical Romance is my favorite!!

  30. Kim Hampton says:

    The last book I read was “The Jack-o-Lantern Box” and I most related to Twyla, the older sister.

  31. I just finished “Groom by Design” by Christine Johnson –the main character, Ruth Fox is a dressmaker in the 1920s and though I’d like to think that I’m not as introverted as she is, I could relate to her feelings of inadequacy and “plainess.”

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I think we all struggle with those same feelings at times… I know I do. Thank the Lord HIS strength shines through our weaknesses, huh? Thanks for sharing. That sounds like a neat story. Blessings to you, The Artist Librarian. 😉

  32. Bonnie Roof says:

    Enjoyed the interview, Dawn and Savanna – thank you!!

    I’ve read so many wonderful comments about Dawn’s books and look forward to having the opportunity to read them. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

    Shared post!!

  33. tammy cordery says:

    Congrats on a great book. I hope it does great.

  34. Misty says:

    I can’t wait to read these books!

  35. Thanks for stopping by, everyone! Good luck in the giveaway! 😀

  36. Deanne Patterson says:

    Thank you so much for doing the interview Dawn. I very much enjoy reading about Christian authors such as yourself.The reviews I’ve seen are so high about your books. I very much look forward to reading them. Thank you for such generousity in having the giveaways !

  37. Carrie Schmidt says:

    I haven’t read any of Dawn’s books yet but I really want to – have heard such great things! 🙂

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Wonderful, Carrie! I hope you get to start them soon. And yes, the URL you pasted in will work just fine. 😉 Thanks for sharing! Good luck in the giveaway!

  38. Carrie Schmidt says:

    Also … I have NO idea how to paste the URL of my facebook post lol so I just pasted the URL of my facebook profile/timeline/whatever it’s called now. Hopefully that counts. 🙂

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