Let’s Chat! Author Mikal Dawn

Welcome, Everyone.

Mikal DawnThis week we chat with adorable Mikal Dawn, an inspirational romantic comedy author who’s all bout faith, fun, and forever.

I ask you … Who’s not into those three?

A prize awaits the winner of our drawing this week—Mikal’s Count Me In. So don’t miss out. Comment below for a chance to win. Winner announced Tuesday, October 17 after 6 PM Central. 

**Congratulations to Raechel Lenore, winner of Mikal Dawn’s Count Me In!**

Mikal Dawn’s Pre-Author Life

Mikal Dawn
I was born and raised in a town just outside Vancouver, Canada, but from the age of eleven, I knew I’d end up a citizen of the United States. (Tweet That!)

Once upon a time, I earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an associate’s degree in accounting.

When I was 30, I met my husband online (what was I thinking?!?!) in mid-September of 2005. He was stationed in Japan, so we had a lot of late-night (on my end) conversations. We met in person on December 17th of that year, and were engaged on December 25th—just a week after we met!

A couple of weeks later, my son and I flew down to Florida, met my husband’s family, and three months after that, we were married. It was whirlwind, but when you know, you know! (You might see a fictionalized account in print one day.)

Mikal and Her Family

Since we married in April 2006, we’ve added two more kids and a ferocious feline. My husband is still military, and I work part-time for a Christian ministry. Our oldest is engaged to be married himself this May. (Eep!! Where does the time go?) Our middle child is progressing through the Tae Kwon Do ranks. And our youngest is making her mark in the world of figure skating.

Meanwhile, I worked for other authors as a social media and publicity assistant, both in person and virtually.

Mikal Dawn
ve lived throughout the southern United States, but I currently reside in Nebraska (and love it!) with my husband, three kids, and one lazy, ferocious feline who can often be Mikal Dawnfound taking over my Instagram account. Or eating, sleeping, sleeping, and eating.

My first love is Jesus Christ. Second is my husband. Third, my kids; fourth, writing; and fifth, coffee. Or is it reading?

Nah, it’s coffee.

Mikal Dawn’s Debut

My first book, Count Me In, released this past May. I had such a blast writing it! But I’ll be honest, I didn’t start out writing romantic comedy.

At first, I thought I’d write suspense. (Who knows? I might publish that story one day.)

Next, I tried my hand at Medieval romance. (That story might see the light of day after a lot of edits.)

And I tried women’s fiction.

Then I attended a brainstorming meeting with some friends. I told them about the tug I’d felt toward romantic comedy. And my hesitancy to write “fluff.”

Mikal DawnWell. I was slapped in the face. (Not literally, I promise. Though I’m pretty sure she hit me in the arm. Hard.)

Didn’t God create laughter?

Don’t some of His children need a lighthearted moment or an escape?

My friend’s statement—“I wouldn’t give my mother-in-law a heavy book to read while she’s in her chemo appointment. Would you?”—really struck me.

No. I wouldn’t.

God shook me up in a very good way. And lo and behold! The words came easier, and with some great help from my critique partners and fabulous editor, Count Me In made its splash.

What’s up With Mikal Dawn Now?

A wedding enthusiast and proud military wife, I work as an administrative assistant for an international ministry organization and serve in my church’s library. I run my kids to Tae Kwon Do and figure skating and drink lots of coffee.

By night, I pull out my hair, whispering to figments of my imagination as I write while dinner is burning. And I drink lots of coffee. When I’m not writing about faith, fun, and forever, I’m obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand, of course) for wedding ideas for my characters.

Any Books on the Horizon?

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’m in the midst of writing a sequel to Count Me In. Supporting characters from the first book show up in On the Edge. Their story is kind of fighting me now, but the Lord is drawing me to lean on Him even more. He keeps reminding me these aren’t my stories, but His.

How can we find Mikal Dawn?

First, I love, love, love connecting with people on social media! I hang out mostly on Facebook, so I’d love to connect with you there.

Also, you can find me on my websiteTwitter, Goodreads, Instagram, and Pinterest, too. 

And if you’re so inclined, I’d love for you to get to know Tyler and Allegra from Count Me In. Their story is available in both ebook and paperback on Amazon

I‘m honored to provide a digital copy of Count Me In to the winner of this week’s drawing.
Mikal Dawn

Lord, we thank and praise You for the way You work in our lives from our earliest days. You called Mikal from Canada even as an 11-yr-old. And you led her through seemingly unlimited writing possibilities to the one You intended for her all along. You’re our good, good God, the author of faith, fun, and forever. Bless every word Mikal writes.
~ For Jesus’ sake



























16 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Mikal Dawn

  1. This book is definitely on my TBR list – pretty high on the top! It sounds so good! 🙂
    Thank you for the great interview and giveaway!

  2. Ellen Gray

    I am thankful there are so many different genres of Christian Fiction. You never know what might reach someone. Glad you found the story you were to tell. Sounds fun and can’t wait to check it out.

  3. MH

    What a fun interview! Thanks for sharing your life with us. I’ve heard great things about this book; would love to read it…..thanks for the giveaway.

  4. I really enjoyed the interview Mikal and Linda. It’s fun to learn more about authors whose book you’re reading. What a book your romance would make too Mikal! Have a wonderful night.

    1. Thank you sooooo much for stopping by, Stacy!! You’re the sweetest. And hey…that real-life romance of mine will more than likely make an appearance in a book one day. 😉

    2. Hi, Stacy. What a treat to have you AND Mikal in the circle!

      1. Stacy Simmons

        Hi Linda, Thank you, have a great weekend : )

  5. Marilyn R

    Romantic Comedy will be a different and fun read. Thank you for introducing us to Mikal Dawn and her journey to writing Romantic Comedy. A feline is always perfect to have while reading or writing with their antics bringing laughter into our lives. Blessings.

    1. Don’t you just love how God let Mikal walk paths of possibilities until she landed at just the right spot? Thanks for visiting with us. You’ve given us pure delight. And you’re entered!

    2. Thank you so much for stopping by, Marilyn!! <3 I do love Leo, my writing partner. Even if he often lays over my hands…on my keyboard…and refuses to move. Ha!! 🙂

  6. You seem to have a different slant on writing romance. 🙂 That probably goes along with how you met your husband! Romantic Comedy should be fun to read. I’m sure people enjoy what you write. God bless!

    1. It’s great seeing you here, Karen. You’ve enriched our conversation. Thank you! You’re entered, too 😊

    2. Thank you so much, Karen!! The Lord has definitely taken me down a road that was far different than the one I’d thought I would take, but I love Him all the more for it. <3 I'm so happy you stopped by!

  7. Paula

    Great interview! Would love to read some Romantic Comedy ! Thanks

    1. Maybe you will, Paula. You’re entered!

    2. Aw, thank you, Paula! I adore rom-com, especially when reality is heavy. 🙂

      Thank you so much for stopping by!!


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Let’s Chat! With Writer Linda Sawyer

Welcome, Everyone! And Welcome, Linda Sawyer!

Meet Linda Sawyer. It’s such a treat this week to introduce you to a writer and blogger at A Million Yarns whom I met at a writers conference about 10 years ago (but who’s counting?). Linda aims to see her name on the front cover of a novel. The right time hasn’t come around yet. But I want you to know her —and be looking for her first novel sometime in the not-too-distant future.
**Linda’s offering an Amazon gift card to someone who comments below!**
**Congratulations to Rachel Clemmons, winner of the Amazon gift card, compliments of Linda Sawyer!**

Who Is Linda Sawyer?

To begin with, a
s a child I loved exploring the woods, climbing trees and riding my bike much further from home than I was allowed in rural Clarksville, Tennessee.

I developed a vivid imagination and wrote plays. My brother and neighbors became my not-so-willing actors, my parents the captive audience.

On rainy days I crafted plots and developed characters for my cut out Sears and Roebuck paper dolls, designing lives for them with much drama as their families grew. 
Although I loved writing, I chose nursing as my college major. Through those preparatory years I helped a lot of folks and learned a lot about human nature.

Who Is Linda Sawyer, the Writer?

First, I write literary women’s fiction. I also enjoy writing short stories, essays, and I have a memoir in the works.

After a life-threatening accident in 1995, The Lord began calling me to write. (Click to Tweet That!) I continued my nursing career, but the novel inside me refused to go away.

Blessings Unexpected.
I wrote the entire piece over a period of fifteen years without studying a book on writing or attending a class. As you might guess, it lacked the polished quality of a publishable book.

Learning to Be a Writer

At my first writers conference, the instructors broke the news to us that it isn’t that easy to get published. They said one’s writing must be superb in every way. They had books to sell to teach me. I bought them.
Ugh! I learned how much my writing lacked. The story was still what God called me to write, but I needed help and lots of it. (Click to Tweet That!) I continued to study and attend writers conferences, something I enjoyed because writers understand one another. However being an introvert, it was painful to share.

A Break for Linda Sawyer

Then my first break came when a dear friend who worked at the United Methodist Publishing House read my book and passed it on to the department starting a new line of Christian novels.

y hands shook and my voice quivered the day I met the publisher. She liked the content and wanted to know about my platform. I’m a writer, not some social media bug, I thought. She quickly helped me understand I would get nowhere without a platform.

aunted, but determined, I continued to learn and write: three more novels, several short stories, some essays and the memoir I’m working on. I did well in contests and even got published on the Writer’s Digest Internet short short story contest.

A Platform for Linda

Still, at writing conferences publishers kept asking about my platform.

So, just over a year ago I opened a Facebook account and began making new friends and keeping in contact with those I met at conferences.

Then last fall I plowed into the world of Instagram and hired a professional to design a website/blog for me. After nine months with my readership growing, three acquisition editors at a conference wanted to see my synopsis and first three chapters. We’ll see how that goes.

Advice from Linda

My advice for fellow writers is to keep improving your craft, be faithful about writing and don’t let discouragement stop you from what God has called you to do. He has a plan for your work and my work. I truly believe it.

Where You Can Find Linda Sawyer

A Million Yarns is a blog collection of one woman’s stories of faith, adventure and the beauty in the everyday.




Lord, You are the Word, the Everlasting Word. We praise and glorify Your Name above all the Earth. You’ve given Linda Sawyer words to uplift others with the beauty in the everyday—a million yarns. Will You bless her now with her dream of a published novel that lifts Your name through the beauty of words?
We pray You’ll bless her every word for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake
















14 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! With Writer Linda Sawyer

  1. Trixi

    Thanks for sharing your writing journey! Here’s to the someday-sooner-than-later book publication, many blessings 🙂

    Keep on keeping on & learning more about the craft!

    1. Welcome, Trixi! I know Linda appreciates your encouragement. As noted in another comment, for some reason Linda isn’t able to comment on this blog, so I’m conveying her appreciation for her. You’ve encouraged both of us!

    2. Since Linda’s replies don’t “take” on this site for some weird reason—which my site developer is looking into—I’m replying in her behalf. Thank you so much for joining the conversation and encouraging her!

  2. Commenters, all:
    For some reason, Linda Sawyer’s replies to your comments aren’t “sticking around.” So she asked me to let you know she’s reading them and commenting in her heart as well as the cybersphere 🙂 She appreciates all of you and invites you to keep up with her by signing up for her blog, A Million Yarns.

  3. Rachael Clemons

    It’s so amazing that you never gave up your love of writ even after being told how hard it would be to get published. God had and continues to have great plans for you.

  4. Marilyn R

    Linda, nice to meet you on another Linda’s blog. I have no doubt your call to write will come to fruition in God’s amazing time and continue your journey. God’s blessings.

    1. Welcome, Marilyn! It’s great to see you here in our circle. Your presence brightens our day.☀️

    2. Hi, Marilyn. I’m replying in behalf of Linda Sawyer. For some reason her replies don’t “stick around.” Just know she read your comment and appreciate it so much!

  5. Linda, what a joy it was to read your blog this morning! 🙂 I loved hearing about your girlhood adventures and the ups and downs of your writing journey. Trust me, we’ve all been there. 🙂 Praying you’ll see your name on the cover of a book soon! 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Christy! You put a smile on both us Lindas’ faces. 😊

    2. Hi, Christy. For some reason Linda Sawyer’s replies to comments don’t “stick around.” My site developer is checking on things, but for now—I’m commenting for Linda. Thank you for joining our circle. You’ve encouraged Linda so much!

  6. Cynthia Fernstaedt

    Prayers for a published novel!

    1. Welcome, Cynthia! So good to see you in our chat circle. You’ve encouraged both of us.

    2. Hi, Cynthia. I’m replying for Linda Sawyer. Her replies have been kicked back for some reason. So I’m telling you for her how much she appreciates your comment. Thank you from both of us!


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