Wednesday, July 17, 2013

This Week's Featured Author - Misty Dawn Pulsipher

Misty Dawn Pulsipher

Misty Dawn Pulsipher was born and raised in Utah. She attended Snow College where she developed a love for writing. Misty served as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Washington, D.C. area. She and her husband now reside in Maryland with their three children, two dogs, and the colony of squirrels that lives in their back yard. When she's not writing or procrastinating an edit, Misty is reading, baking, sewing, playing the piano, or bribing her family to play Monopoly with her.  Visit her Facebook page or author blog:

Our Interview with Misty

What made you want to be a writer/author
I've always enjoyed writing, from the first story I ever wrote about a blue-eyed ginger cat named marble with super powers, to my first novel. Most of my writing was angsty poetry that came out of my college years. One day, after reading Pride & Prejudice, I was slicing tomatoes for a salad and I had an epiphany.....I love Pride & Prejudice so much, I'm going to write my own version!

What was your biggest obstacle and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge has definitely been motivation and belief in myself. It took about five years for Pride's Prejudice to come full circle, and there were countless times when I gave up along the way. I had to learn that writing is a process and not an event.

What's been the most rewarding part of being a published author?
The most reward part of having my book published has been first, seeing the finished cover (what a rush!), second, seeing people purchase copies, and third, hearing feedback from readers.

Are you working on a book right now? Can you share?
I am currently working on my second novel, which will be a modern version of Jane Austen's Persuasion. I hope to have more like a 1-2 year timeline rather than 5-6.

What advice can you give to aspiring authors who are not yet published?
My advice to aspiring authors would be: be patient with yourself! Also, writing groups and beta readers are fabulous for helping you pinpoint your weaknesses and bad habits as a writer, and getting feedback on your plot, characters, etc. They can also be a little stifling, especially when you need to just get something on the page. It's tough to get a first draft done when you're worrying about what all your writing group would say. If the writing just isn't flowing, take a break - possibly weeks or a month - and then come back to it. It's a process, not an event!

                                                Misty’s Book

Beth fumed all the way back from the dance.

She could still see William standing before her with that intolerable smirk of his - hands in his pockets as his eyes dug into hers.

It didn’t matter that he was pleasantly taller than she remembered, or that those eyes were the color of dark chocolate.

She’d always preferred milk chocolate.

Pride's Prejudice - the timeless classic with a modern twist.....

Beth Pride really can’t stand William Darcy:  he snubbed her at the Hartford College Children’s Benefit Auction; he has an infuriating propensity for pushing her buttons; his actions are frequently at odds with his words; and even his melting chocolate eyes and impressive physique don’t quite make up for his deficient personality.

Beth’s plan to avoid William backfires when her roommate falls for his best friend.  As the unlikely duo are thrown together time and again, Beth begins to second guess her earlier assumptions about William.

Will Pride’s prejudice keep her from a happy ending, or will Beth discover that first impressions aren’t always what they seem?