Interview with Dawn Crandall & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Dawn Crandell  & 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:Β  Welcome to The Engrafted Word, Dawn! And Congratulations on your debut release, A Hesitant Heiress. I gotta say…Β  I LOVE the book covers for your upcoming series. πŸ˜‰ They’re beautiful!

So what first drew you to writing long historical romantic suspense?

Dawn:Β  I seem to be a bit long-winded when I write. I’ve tried to think up a short story, but I end up wanting to make it too complex to be short. So I write long stories. And I really didn’t know I was writing suspense until it was finished. Being that I write from first person point of view, the reader ends up learning everything along with the heroine–both of them taking the same journey through the book, finding the answers to their questions together. And I can’t help but write love stories. I love starting with a heroine and hero who simply NEED to be together. I start with the heroine and then go about discovering just what kind of hero would best suit her.

Interview with Dawn Crandell  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna:Β  Was it a challenge or relatively easy to write from first person POV? Can you give us a few pros vs cons, maybe?

Dawn:Β  I think it’s easy! It just comes naturally for me, and writing third DOES NOT. Most people tell me they don’t like to write first person because they only get to be in the head of one character and they have a hard time getting the reader to understand where the other characters are coming from… but those are my favorite things about it! I love writing a heroine that makes the reader feel completely absorbed into the story. I want her story to be the reader’s story as well when they’re finished with the book. And I LOVE having the reader get to know and trust (or not!) the other characters in the book alongside the heroine.

Savanna: I just finished your book and I really enjoyed experiencing the story through Amaryllis’ perspective. πŸ˜‰ First person POV really seems to draw the reader in.

I loved reading on your website how the verses you’d long ago picked out for your first heroine have become theme verses for you too. Do you have a verse picked out for each of your other novels in The Everstone Chronicles as well?

Dawn:Β  Amaryllis’s verse is: Ephesians 3:20 ~ β€œNow to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…”

Meredyth’s verse is: Jeremiah 29:11 ~ β€œFor I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

Estella’s verse is: James 1:17 ~ β€œEvery good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change…”

Interview with Dawn Crandell  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna:Β  Great verses! I can’t wait to read the other two stories. πŸ˜‰

Are there any similarities between being a first-time mom and a debut author? Your little boy is absolutely precious, by the way! 2014 is certainly shaping up to be an exciting, busy year for you. πŸ™‚

Dawn:Β  I guess there are! For the most part, you have no idea what you’re getting into when you begin the process for either one! They both bring immense joy, but it’s a bit terrifying to not know exactly what you’re doing. They are both very emotional things to go through. The one very different thing about the two is that one is so privately mine (Rhett), and the other, which has been solely mine for the last four years is now anyone’s who wants it. It’s kind of strange to have my book-baby go out into the world. Maybe this is what it will feel like when Rhett goes off to college in eighteen years?

Savanna: You are also actively involved with ACFW. What are a few of your favorite things about this organization?

Dawn: My first favorite thing was the Scribes email loop. I didn’t have a critique partner when I wrote most of The Hesitant Heiress–but by the time I was nearing the end, I felt that I needed one desperately! It was a lot of work to find manuscripts that I enjoyed critting, but I eventually met my crit-partner, Susan Tuttle, through the group.

Another favorite thing is the national conference. I went to my first conference in 2011 right after I joined, and have been back every year since. I didn’t know what I was doing at that first conference. I felt like a lost little kitten and completely out of my league. But it was the best thing my husband ever *made* me do! The thought of meeting with agents was absolutely terrifying!! I was about to cancel them when I went to my paid-critique appointment and received glowing remarks from historical author Andrea Boeshaar. God knew I needed that encouragement!!

Savanna: Do you enjoy reading multiple different genres? If so, can you name a book you’ve recently read set within your own genre and another set outside your genre?

Dawn:Β  I mainly read historical romance, but I also read contemporary romance most often now, since that’s what my crit-partner writes. I haven’t read nearly as much (as I usually have) in the last year since being pregnant and having my baby… but I must say some of the ones I’ve read have fortunately blown me away–the historical romance was Burning Sky by Lori Benton and the Contemporary Romance was Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay.

Interview with Dawn Crandell  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna: Can you share with us a little bit of the journey of how you first got connected with your agent?

Dawn:Β  Well, I went to those two agent appointment at the 2011 ACFW conference after all, receiving two requests for partial proposals. I’ll admit, when Joyce Hart asked me to send a partial, I actually asked her what that meant! I was so green!! So I took the month after conference, discovered what a proposal entailed, and wrote it with the goal that I would have it sent out by November (because I’d been told that 80% of the requests from conference are actually not sent in because of nerves!). So I sent it on November 1st and by November 8th I had offers of representation from both of them. I chose Joyce Hart because it was obvious that she loved my book very much.

Savanna: Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

Dawn:Β  I have lots of series ideas, book ideas to go with, and I even have an idea for a fourth book that goes along with The Everstone Chroniclesβ€”I could actually keep writing about different characters in this series forever. πŸ™‚

Savanna:Β  Sounds great to me, Dawn!Β  Thank you so much for joining us today!

Readers, be sure to visit Dawn’s website and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

There are downloads, sign-ups, and freebiesβ€”valuable resources that I hope stir your passion for God and His Word. So take your time. Look around. Visit often. – See more at:


Dawn is giving away prizes every week of her 6 week blog tour.Β  Leave a comment below to be entered to win the following:

THE FIVE WEEKLY PRIZE PACKS: a $10 Amazon Gift Card, an eBook of The Hesitant Heiress, a mug with all three book covers and a moleskin journal.

THE GRAND PRIZEΒ (at the end of week six): a Kindle Fire, a $10 Amazon Gift Card, an eBook of The Hesitant Heiress, a mug with all three book covers and a moleskin journal.


Interview with Dawn Crandell  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordHOW TO ENTER:

–Leave your name and email in the comments below. (You MUST include your email to be qualified)

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Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S.Β  Winner of the eBook version will be notified by email.Β  Winners of the Prize Packages will be announced on Dawn’s blog.

If you missed my review of The Hesitant Heiress, you can read it here.

155 comments on “Interview with Dawn Crandall & GIVEAWAY
  1. Patty says:

    Beautiful covers indeed! I would love to win an ecopy of the book for my Kindle…

    I subscribe to TEW
    I liked TEW on FB.

  2. Camille Saunderson says:

    Camille Saunderson
    Liked The Engrafted Word on Facebook
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  3. Beth says:

    Looking forward to these books – I absolutely adore first person narration! Thanks for the chance to win! I subscribe & like on Facebook. I also tweeted the giveaway (@bbulow12).


    • I’m so glad to hear of another first person POV lover!! I find it rather difficult to find ones written well. I cannot find enough of them!! What the latest one you’ve read? One of the two books I’ve read since having my firstborn in March was “All the Tea in China” by Jane Orcutt. I loved most of the book, although the end seemed hurried and telling and not much like the first 3/4 of the book. I still loved it though, because it was first person! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping and entering the contests, Beth!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Wonderful, Beth. You’ll love this one! πŸ˜‰ You’ll receive 4 entries in the giveaway. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sarah says:

    Hi Savanna and Dawn! Thanks for a great interview! I really enjoyed reading it and getting to know you a bit, Dawn. Your book sounds great and I absolutely adore the covers! πŸ™‚
    I must confess that I don’t typically read books set in the first person. A couple I’ve attempted to read left me feeling as though I’d missed something, so I kind of shied away from it. But I’ve also read several that were excellent (they’re actually some of my favorites) and would have been strange written any other way. So maybe it depends more on the voice the author gives the story than what perspective it’s written from.
    Sorry, I’m rambling again.
    Anyway, thanks for the chance to win! πŸ™‚
    I’m a fan on Facebook and a subscriber.

    • I completely agree, Sarah! There are first person POV books I LOOOOVE… and then there are ones that I really don’t love. πŸ™‚ I’d heard that it was more difficult to write first person well than it is to write third person, but this is one of those books that had to be written in first. THH is considered suspense, but not because it’s a “mystery” about catching a bad guy, but because the heroine discovers the truth behind a number of situations she’s always questioned, and some that come up in the book… much like in Daphne du Maurier’s REBECCA. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping and entering the contests! I hope you enjoy The Hesitant Heiress when you have a chance to read it! πŸ˜€

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Sarah! You don’t have to apologize. We’re so glad you stopped in. πŸ˜‰ I hope you get to read this story. I think you’ll enjoy it! πŸ˜‰ Good luck in the giveaway. You’ll receive your 3 entries in the drawing as well.

  5. Rach Merritt says:

    Great interview….great book! I’m a follower on FB and a subscriber. I shared on FB and twitter.

  6. Trixi O says:

    Sure does sound like a great book! Loved the interview & would love to win! I have shared & liked on Facebook, already subscribed to The Engrafted Word. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Trixi O

  7. Nancy M says:

    Congratulations on your new release!
    I like on Facebook
    Sharing and subscribe

  8. Debra Stevens says:

    OMG this is so exciting! All 3 look so interesting I can’t wait to get my hands on them! Thanks for the giveaway and the interview!!! πŸ˜€


  9. Janka H. says:

    WHAT A COVER! I love it. And much more I love the idea of the book (I checked it on soulinspirationz), sounds lovely!
    And I truly love the Bible verses mentioned in the interview as the “bottomline” for the books.

    Thanks for the chance to win! I am a subscriber & I like the page on Facebook. I tweeted the giveaway as well.

    Janka H.

    • Thank you, Janka! I really love my covers too!! I think all authors are nervous about what might come out of the graphic design department of any publisher because we have all these ideas about our stories, but it’s only been through words that we’ve really seen anything! When I saw this cover, I literally gasped with delight!–So this is what Amaryllis looks like! I love it! πŸ™‚

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Welcome to my blog, Janka! I’m glad you could join us. You’ll receive 4 entries in the drawing. Hope you get to read The Hesitant Heiress SOON! πŸ˜‰

  10. Susan Wayne says:

    Looking forward to reading your books.

  11. Susan Wayne says:

    Looking forward to reading your series!

  12. Sylvia M. says:

    I am looking forward to reading this book. So glad to hear that it’s first person viewpoint. Love those kind.

    I have posted about this interview and giveaway on Pinterest!


    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Wonderful, Sylvia! You’ll receive an extra entry in the giveaway. Hope you don’t miss this great story!

      • First person POV is my absolute favorite too!! I just could not help but write the book of my heart with my first person voice. I hope it doesn’t make readers who steer away from first person novels not give THH a try. So many reviewers have said they were sort of bummed when they realized it was first person (because they don’t generally like them), but then were completely immersed and didn’t care what POV it was told in. That was my goal. I don’t want anyone to SEE the first person WRITING, I want them to BE IN THE STORY. πŸ˜€

  13. I like first person ~ in this instance, can you guess who the POV is? My very first that comes to mind.

    01 My Early Home
    The first place that I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it. Some shady trees leaned over it, and rushes and water-lilies grew at the deep end. Over the hedge on one side we looked into a plowed field, and on the other we looked over a gate at our master’s house, which stood by the roadside; at the top of the meadow was a grove of fir trees, and at the bottom a running brook overhung by a steep bank.

    I am looking forward to The Hesitant Heiress and like the name Amaryllis. Enjoyable interview. I tweeted here: ~ I am a subscriber to The Engrafted Word and liked you on FB. Love the layout of your blog and your fun posts.
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

    Sewell, Anna: Black Beauty

    • Thank you for stopping by Kathleen! πŸ™‚ I adore reading first person too!! But I especially LOVE writing it!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Kathleen! I’m always happy to see you visit. Thanks for sharing the quote from Black Beauty. πŸ˜‰ I think you’ll enjoy the first person POV in Dawn’s book too!

      I appreciate your kind words and support for my blog. You’ll receive 4 entries in the giveaway. Have a great day!!

  14. Maia says:

    Thank you!!

  15. Heidi says:

    I am so excited to read this series! I’m crossing my fingers that there’s not too much time between each book’s publishing date πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway!

    I’m subscribed and following on facebook, and shared the giveaway on twitter!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Me too, Heidi! πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad you could join us. Thanks for sharing. You’ll receive 4 entries in the drawing. Hope you get to start this series real soon!

    • Hello Heidi! Actually, the second book in this series comes out in NOVEMBER!!! And the third comes out in FEBRUARY!!!! YAY!! It makes life crazy for me–especially with the newborn baby… but Yay for readers who don’t have to wait and wait and wait!!! πŸ˜€

  16. Joan Arning says:

    I am subscribed to The Engrafted Word and like on FB. Books sound wonderful!

  17. Hi Savanna & Dawn ~ I’m reading friend Dawn Crandall’s release right now and it’s AMAZING! ; ) I’ve liked you on Facebook, have shared on Facebook, and have written a blog including Dawn’s giveaway – posted today. (It’s at Thanks for sharing Dawn’s novels with us. I anxiously await the next two in the series! []
    Hugs to you both!! ; ) – Kristy

    • Hi Kristy! Thanks for stopping by to visit and share! I honors me to read such words from you! πŸ˜€ Thank you so much for stopping by!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Kristy! I’m so happy you could join us. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for all your support and helping spread the word. You’ll receive 3 entries in the drawing too. Have a great day, my friend!

  18. Linda romer says:

    Thank you for the giveaway. I would like to read the Hesitant Heiress. Linda Romer

  19. Linda romer says:

    I subscribed to your site.

  20. susan Hamberg says:

    Thanks,sharing on facebook

  21. Linda romer says:

    I liked your facebook page.

  22. Linda romer says:

    I shared on facebook lindaromer7505. Thank you

  23. Susan says:

    Please enter me in the contest. Thanks for offering such great prizes!

  24. Kelly Youngblood says:

    I love the verses you have chosen for each of your books … makes me want to read them all the more! Congratulations on the birth of your book and your son! There is nothing like motherhood…such a joy! Thank you for a chance to win.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks for stopping in, Kelly. I have no doubt you will enjoy Dawn’s stories. Hope you get a chance to read them soon. πŸ˜‰ You’ll receive 4 entries in the drawing.

    • Thank you, Kelly!! That means a lot! Book-babies and real babies are a strange mix–but I wouldn’t change having either for anything! πŸ™‚ I’m glad you liked the verses. Those are three of my favorites. πŸ™‚

  25. Kelly Youngblood says:

    I am a subscriber. πŸ™‚

  26. Kelly Youngblood says:

    I like The Grafted Word on FB. πŸ™‚

  27. Chris says:

    I liked you on FB, pinned it on Pinterest and subscribed to your blog (which I am so happy about!). Thanks for the giveaway. I can’t wait to read these books!!

  28. Kelly Youngblood says:

    I shared the Interview and Giveaway on FB. πŸ™‚

  29. Brenda says:

    I enjoyed reading this interview.
    bveinotte at juno dot com

  30. Jan Hall says:

    I enjoyed reading this post. I have liked and shared the book FB page and the giveaway, subscribed to your email list and your FB and Twitter pages. Keep writing.

  31. A lovely sounding book! God Bless!

  32. Jackie McNutt says:

    Hi Dawn and Savanna, Enjoyed the post and learning about Dawn’s books. The Hesitant Heiress looks like a great read and I am looking forward to reading it soon !
    I am follower and subscriber to T E W .
    Love your reviews .
    thank you

  33. Deanna S says:

    Thank you ! !
    d_stevens310 (at)

  34. Deanna S says:

    I follow on facebook πŸ™‚

  35. Kathryn Voss says:

    I’m excited to read your books! And, of course, winning would be nice…(o: Thanks for the interview!

  36. Kathryn Voss says:

    I liked you on facebook

  37. Danielle Hull says:

    How exciting! Can’t wait to read it! I live in Indiana, too! Thanks!

  38. Lisa Bartelt says:

    I’ve been seeing a lot of good things about this book. It sounds like a great read!

    Lisa Bartelt
    lmbartelt (at) gmail (dot) com

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hope you get to read it soon, Lisa. Good luck in the giveaway!

    • Thank you for mentioning that, Lisa!! It’s so difficult to have “my book baby” out there and not knowing what people are seeing or saying! I’m so used to only the people I’ve told about the book knowing about it! πŸ™‚ It’s so weird being “published”!!!! Thanks for stopping! πŸ™‚

  39. Danielle Hull says:

    I liked you on FB.
    I shared on FB.
    Shared on Pinterest.
    Signed up for your e-mails!

  40. Caryl Kane says:

    I would love to win a copy of The Hesitant Heiress. The books covers are very lovely! I have subscribed to The Engrafted Word, liked The Engrafted Word on Facebook and shared this Giveaway on Social Media

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks, Caryl. We’re so glad you stopped in for a visit. You’ll receive 4 entries for this drawing. We’ll notify you by email if your name is drawn.

    • Hi Caryl!! I was very pleased with the covers Whitaker House made for my series!! It’s always scary not knowing what someone else will come up with regarding the pictures from my mind! But they are perfect! I gasped with happiness when I first saw Amaryllis’s cover!! πŸ™‚

  41. Cyn209 says:

    what a generous, generous giveaway!!
    thank you, thank you!!1

  42. Cyn209 says:

    ‘liked’ your Facebook page

  43. Cyn209 says:

    shared giveaway on my FB wall

  44. Sherry Hoernig says:

    Hi There!! Liked The Engraved Word on FB, subscribed to The Engrafted Word blog, & shared Giveaway!! Hee us my en=mail addresss : My name is: Sherry Hoernig, my email is:

  45. Sierra Faith says:

    Love learning about new authors!!! I liked on Facebook and subscribed to the Engrafted word πŸ™‚ !

  46. Jennifer Essad says:

    I liked, shared and subscribed – thank you for offering your fans a chance to participate

  47. Christy says:

    I was interested in this series as soon as a I saw the covers. Looking forward to reading them! lifeofaspice(at)

  48. Pam D says:

    I would love to win a copy!

  49. Pam D says:

    I subscribed to the newsletter and liked it on facebook

  50. Elizabeth Riggs says:

    I’m looking forward to this new series! Love the covers! I shared on Twitter, Liked The Engrafted Word on Facebook and I subscribed. Thanks for the giveaway!


  51. Taylor LoForti says:

    Hi Dawn! Ha ha! I have to agree with everyone… the beautiful covers were what caught my interest (you have good taste) but it is the story and the desire to hear the ending of the struggle that ultimately leads a person (or beloved character) to the choice of whether or not to lean on Christ. I would love to be entered in the drawing. Thank you for the offer πŸ™‚
    Have fun putting pen to ink.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Taylor! Thanks for sharing with us. We’re so glad you stopped in and want to wish you good luck in the giveaway. πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you, Taylor!! Whitaker House made the covers, but I do agree, they are beautiful and very tastefully done! And I think they match the stories inside perfectly! Thanks for stopping! πŸ˜€

  52. Sheila Allen says:

    I would love a chance to win this great giveaway. I look forward to reading this book!

  53. Linda Syman says:

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  54. Bonnie Roof says:

    Such an interesting interview, Dawn and Savanna!! Thank you!!

    I enjoyed learning more about Dawn and her writing journey. I’ve never read a book written in first person POV and would love to read “The Hesitant Heiress”!! I love author’s including theme bible verses for their books and/or characters and am so glad Dawn attended that ACFW conference!!


    I am a subscriber and follower and have shared this post on Facebook!!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi there Bonnie! πŸ˜‰ It’s great to see you. I hope you’ll check out Dawn’s books. I know you’d enjoy them! Thanks for following my blog and supporting these great authors. You’ll receive your 4 entries. Good luck!

    • I’m glad you like the verse! Those are three of my very favorites!! And I’m so glad I went to the conference too!! Even if I was scared to death and felt completely out of my league!!

  55. Kristen Anissa says:

    Thank you so much for the chance to win such amazing books and prizes!
    kam110476 at gmail dot com

  56. Jennifer H. says:

    Thanks for the great interview! I am now also following Engrafted Books on Facebook.

    jenannhayden at yahoo dot com

  57. niki driscoll says:

    great interview, liked on facebook. thanks for the giveaway.
    niki driscoll

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Glad you could join us, Niki! I’ve already drawn the winner for the e-book version, but be sure to visit Dawn’s website for the other winners. πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  58. Bonnie says:

    SO excited about this chance to win! Love the books, covers, and love to read. Wish me luck. <3

  59. Joan Arning says:

    I subscribe to Engrafted Word and like on FB. Would like to win!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks, Joan! I’ve already drawn the winner for this giveaway, but I hope you’ll visit Dawn’s website anyway. I hope you still get to read her wonderful debut novel!

  60. Stephanie Ludwig says:

    I would love to win! Thanks for the chance!

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