Featured Interview With DAWN KOPMAN WHIDDEN
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Dawn Kopman Whidden is a native New York author who grew up in the close-knit community of Little Neck Douglaston during the baby boomer era. She graduated from Queensboro Community college.
Twenty years ago, she traded in her days of living in the bustling city for a more serene and tranquil life on a small farm in the town of Bell, located in North Central Florida.
She is retired and shares her life and love with her husband of nineteen years and an adopted stray dog she named Casey. She has also been blessed with two beautiful grandchildren.
The world is full of crazy people. Once upon a time, stories like the ones that Grimm Brother’s wrote were just something that came from their imagination. Classic tales of stepmothers serving her new husband’s children for dinner…( not for dinner, but THE DINNER) Crazy old ladies putting lost children in an oven..
Today the craziest and most inexcusable things happen to the most vulnerable, and it’s reality not fantasy. I hope that my story never finds it’s way into a local newspaper…but who knows. Anything can happen and it does.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I fell in love with writing when I was only 7 or 8. I loved to read, but I’ve began writing down stories to entertain myself. I still have the very first story I wrote when I was in third grade titled ‘ How The Giraffe Got His Neck’ and I still remember the look on the teacher’s face when she read it out loud to the class. It was my version of the Aesop Tables.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My very first favorite author was Beverly Cleary and the Henry Huggins series. I then progressed to The Bobbsey Twin series. I was always fond of reading authors who kept the same characters and I suppose that is the reason I love authors such as JD Robb, Patterson and Lisa Gardner today and I’m sure it is the reason I have developed my characters as well.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Keeping Hope Alive is my latest book. It is the fourth and very well may be the last. I don’t know why but when I started to write I lost the desire to read and it’s breaking my heart. I would much rather read than write and I find that frustrating.
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