Early last month I attended the New Adult Sleepover Weekend, where I met several New Adult Authors. One such author was Zoe Dawson, who penned A Perfect Mess. Zoe graciously agreed to do an interview for me. So without further adieu, here is Zoe.
First let’s have Zoe tell us a little about herself:
I love to write. I always have. For me it doesn’t matter what genre it is, the constant is always the happily ever after. I’m working towards doing this as a full-time job and with the rise of Indie authors, that dream is much closer to reality for me. It’s would truly be a dream come true! Yeah, working in your jammies does have its appeal, and the commute would be fantastic!
I have been self-published for just over a year. I’m producing work that runs the gamut of genre—romantic comedy, new adult contemporary, urban fantasy, romantic erotica, and syfy/fantasy. Sounds crazy like I can’t make up my mind, but that’s so far from the truth. Writing across all the genres is what excites me, keeps my mind fresh, and lets me tell the stories that are clamoring to get out. I’d tell you about the people in my head who talk to me, but don’t want you to freak out too much. So, I’ll keep that to myself. My bestselling series is my Going to the Dogs. Four friends meet in a dog park and become fast friends. There’s the girl-next-door, the nurturer, the Goth nerd, and the socialite. Four different backgrounds, four different personalities, but two things in common, the love for their funny, endearing four-legged furry friends and their deep friendship for each other. Come along and join my girls as they find true love in the urban jungle of New York City and each snag the man of their dreams. And, don’t miss the dog park babes in their companion wedding novellas in the order they get married. Note: These novellas are best read after you have read the full-length corresponding novel.
This year, I also started writing new adult and love the angst and the coming of age vibe of these books. I intend to do much more in this genre.
I will also be writing urban fantasy. It’s all about the kick ass—my witch main character, the world I’ve created, her sidekicks, and the males she interacts with. It’s all about getting her to her goal and staying alive.
Zoe, can you tell us something about your new series?
Title: A Perfect Mess
I know what you did last summer.
Aubree Walker, the perfect girl most likely to succeed, is sure there’s only one person who knows what she did.
Booker Outlaw, one of the three Outlaw brothers—all identical, all gorgeous, all from the wrong side of the tracks, and all pure bad boys. He was always the unpredictable one, the one who would be brash enough to make it big self-publishing horror novels on the internet. He promised never to tell, but everyone knows you can never trust an Outlaw.
Then a year later, in the middle of the night, she receives a phone call at Tulane. Her aunt, who took her in after her mother’s death, is in a coma under suspicious circumstances. Now she has to face that one person who knows all about what she did that summer—sexy Booker.
Returning to Hope Parish to be with her aunt, stirs up all those ugly memories. When Aubree starts getting threats, she can’t help but wonder if what she did last summer was tied to her aunt’s “accident.” Afraid, she turns to the only person who knows the truth and Booker doesn’t hesitate to offer his broad shoulder for her to lean on. But Booker has a secret of his own that could crush their fledgling relationship.
As the hot, sultry summer days move on, she finds that even a perfectly smart girl can lose her heart to a perfectly bad boy. What is she going to do when someone starts asking questions Aubree doesn’t want to answer? She’s knee deep into a terribly dangerous, wholly life changing, who-can-she-really-depend-on perfect mess.
Question: As a writer, what genres do you work in?
I write across the following romance genres: contemporary, comedy, mystery, urban fantasy, syfy, and suspense. My tagline is No formulas…no rules. It’s all about the happily ever after. I write what I enjoy and didn’t want to lock myself into one genre. The enjoyment of the author makes for enjoyment of the reader.
Question: As a reader, what is your preferred genre’?
I read anything that is romance.
Question: From your perspective, what makes a scene swoon worthy?
The tension between the couple, what they’re doing, how they are interacting and it doesn’t have to be a love scene to be swoon worthy. It can be a serious scene or a playful one.
Question: When you think of your perfect mate, what color eyes do you envision? Blue
Question: What color hair does your perfect mate have? Black
Question: What was the spark that became ‘A Perfect Mistake?’
One day while I was sitting at my computer at work, I thought up this title for a book—A Perfect Mess. I wrote it down on a post-it and stuck it to my computer monitor. It sat there for a couple of months and every day I looked at it. Then a friend of mine offered me an opportunity to be in The 12 NAs of Christmas. I hadn’t really written any NA, but read some of it and was intrigued about writing it. That’s when I looked at the title and thought. Oooh, that might work. I had an idea for a book that didn’t sell to Harlequin Books. It involved a stolen Confederate payroll and the murder of Confederate soldiers. I thought that it would interesting to make the criminal who executed these crimes an Outlaw and that reputation now tainted every Outlaw who came after him. I loved the idea. That’s when I conceived the Outlaw triplets and the three secrets, the three perfect girls to their bad boy reputation. A Perfect Mistake became the second book, a story about Verity Fairchild, the preacher’s daughter and Boone Outlaw, the heart of the three brothers. Verity’s “mistake” is her tormenting secret and deeply involves Boone. The three books in the A Perfect Secrets trilogy are: A Perfect Mess, A Perfect Mistake, and A Perfect Dilemma
Question: Do you base your settings on real places or do you create them from scratch?
I created my fictitious Suttontowne in the very real, and very beautiful bayou. A setting that I used in some books under my Karen Anders pen name and always wanted to return to for another book. I love the bayou and it’s shadowed, secretive nature works very well with the nature of the books.
Question: You just met someone in a café, what would you say to encourage them to read ‘A Perfect Mistake?’
A Perfect Mistake is about a preacher’s daughter, a reckless Outlaw, and a secret that will change her life forever. Verity Fairchild and Boone Outlaw have always been interested in each other, but because of who she was and his reputation, they never took that first step until one sultry June night during a their graduation party when something happened. Their past was based on a lie and Verity will discover that she doesn’t really know Boone Outlaw at all. Yet, he’s entwined into her secret. Will she sacrifice him, too to keep that secret safe?
Question: It’s a cold, stormy Saturday and the power just went out, where are you and what are you doing? Playing my night elf hunter in World of Warcraft.
Question: It’s a hot, humid Sunday, where do you head to cool off, the mountains or the beach? The beach. Love the ocean.
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Title: A Perfect Mistake
How can they have a future when their past is based on a lie?
The perfect preacher’s daughter, Verity Fairchild, has something that only she and God know about and she wants to keep it that way. Her mistake was easy to keep secret when she was out of town, but now that she’s come back to Hope Parish for the summer, she comes face-to-face with the guy responsible for it all. Boone Outlaw nearly ruined everything for her and despite the fact that he’s now working at her father’s church, she’s determined to stay as far away from him as possible.
Boone Outlaw doesn’t understand Verity’s anger towards him. He barely knows her. In high school she was Holy Mary Verity and she was off limits – except in his dreams where Verity seems way too real. Most of the time he was wasted in high school, not the type of boy Verity would ever look at twice, but he can’t shake the feeling that something might have happened between them. He’s going to break his own rules to get the answers he needs straight from Verity.
What will Verity do when she finds something in Boone that she never knew existed and her perfectmistake is the only thing that could stand between them and their happiness? Will she sacrifice Boone to keep her secret?
From my heart to yours. Enjoy!