Author Interview: Dream Magic by Dawn Harshaw (plus free ebook)

Dream Magic: Awakenings by Dawn Harshaw

Eric, a young boy, has enough of nightmares ruining his dreams. Determined to grow stronger, he tackles magical disciplines one at a time – be it flying, blade magic, or telepathy – and stares down his fears. But, will he survive the battles and the trial of nightmare mastery? And at what cost?

“Dream Magic: Awakenings” reaches for deep metaphysical concepts and uses introspective experiences to offer an immersive feeling of MAGIC.

About the Author:

Ever since I was little I was interested in how things work. This led me to learn more about logic and science, but I also became fascinated by the more mystical side of the universe to which there are no easy explanations. Lucid dreaming and out of body experiences (you know, that “light at the end of a tunnel” thing) I found particularly interesting.

Since I didn’t find the ‘Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything’ in any books – well, not in a way that would satisfy my curiosity – I’ve spent years pondering related questions. As my ponderings got more complex, I started writing to help me formulate my thoughts. After writing many bits and pieces of creative non-fiction, I have turned to fantasy to bring my ideas to life, and the result is “Dream Magic: Awakenings!”


Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
You should read “Dream Magic: Awakenings” because it has relatable characters and a coherent magic system!

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m working on expanding the “Dream Magic” world with little flash stories.
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How do you react to a bad review?
Although it might be tempting to lash out in anger (as several authors have infamously done), I very much dislike such lack of self-discipline, especially in myself. When I get a bad review or comment, mostly I just feel sad that my work has failed to reach that person.

I think it’s important to realize that a review serves a different purpose than a critique. A critique is a communication from reader to writer, revealing the weaknesses of the work. (Hopefully, if the criticism is constructive, solutions are suggested as well.) A review is a communication from reader to other readers, helping them decide whether or not they should invest the time and effort to read the work.

A comment such as “this sux 4 real, didnt read” isn’t a review, since it offers no helpful information. I don’t consider a review that addresses the weaknesses of my work a ‘bad’ review, as long as it helps other potential readers decide. From my point of view as an author, well written reviews (be they negative or positive) filter the pool of potential readers, making sure that those who’d probably like the work get to read it, and those that wouldn’t, don’t. It saves everybody a lot of time. :o)

How did you know you should become an author?
I don’t think of myself as an author, but as a writer. I have things to say, and written words are the best medium for expressing and communicating my ideas.

For me, it’s all about clarity of communication. If I would find a better medium, I’d use that!

Night owl, or early bird?
Mostly night owl, but I write after waking up when my mind is freshest. The evening hours are more conductive for thinking about what I’ll write about the next day.

Harry Potter or Twilight?
Harry Potter, since my novel uses a similar setting and lots of magic!

Print or Ebook?
Ebooks, hands down. Physical books simply take up too much space, especially when I’m done with them in a day. >_< I gave away most my books – I’m happier if I know those books are being read rather than gathering dust on my bookshelf. Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Yes, I can see myself in all of my characters. Hopefully, my readers will too see themselves through these characters.

One premise of “Dream Magic: Awakenings” is that we’re all reflections of each other to some degree, and that it is in this ‘sea of reflections’ that we find and mold our own identities.

Which authors have influence you most how?
My two biggest influences are Frank Herbert (author of the “Dune” series) and R. A. Heinlein (author of “Stranger in a Strange Land”). In my view, one of those works teaches mental mastery, while the other one teaches emotional mastery.

What do you do in your free time?
I play videogames. I’m looking forward to Guild Wars 2!

What is your favorite Quote?
I have many favorite quotes, but here’s a simple one (from “Chapterhouse: Dune”):
“There’s no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves.”

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