Dawn Kinzer honors us by joining our chat circle today. Dawn is a freelance editor, and her own work has been published in various devotionals and magazines. She also co-hosts and writes for the Seriously Write blog.
A mother and grandmother, Dawn Kinzer lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Favorite things include dark chocolate, good wine, strong coffee, the mountains, family time, and Masterpiece Theatre.
Thank you, Dawn, for sharing your heart for writing, purpose, goals, and the power of story to impact lives.
Dawn Kinzer: In Her Own Words
Writers have goals when we sit down to write a story. We want to engage our readers, entertain them, and elicit a variety of emotions—love, anger, laughter, fear—just to name a few. We aim to take them on a journey and experience life with the characters we create.
For those of us who write inspirational fiction, we also want to encourage people in their faith, as well as bring hope to those who are facing external and internal challenges.
Many of us discover that what we’ve learned in our past or what we’re dealing with currently gets woven into our stories—in some form or another.
For many years, I yearned to find purpose beyond the job I held. I loved “being there” for my family, but I still needed more. So, I tried different avenues. I accepted paid positions—volunteer positions—and even though I was able to use some of my gifts and work was rewarding at times, nothing felt completely right.
I prayed—searched—then searched some more.
When I started to take writing seriously and pursue it as something more than a hobby, I realized I’d finally found my place.
Since then, I’ve published a three-book historical romance series and a contemporary romance. Some people recommend that writers stick to one genre, but I’ve noticed that my stories share things in common, aside from all being romances. Those similarities stem from my personal life. There’s a part of me in each of my main characters.
Four things my stories have in common:
- They encourage readers to find purpose and use their gifts.
- Forgiveness plays a role in my novels—the willingness to forgive others, the ability to accept forgiveness, and the strength to forgive ourselves.
- Characters learn through challenges and disappointments that God sometimes doesn’t allow doors to be opened because it’s in our best interest to keep them closed. Often times, something better is ahead if we’re willing to trust and wait for his timing.
- Like many other Christian authors, I use a Bible verse as a foundation for my story, which helps keep me on track with the direction I want to take.
Books by Dawn Kinzer
By All Appearances was released in November 2019. This contemporary romance set in Seattle is about an attractive special events planner from a wealthy family and a disfigured musician whose lives have not gone according to plan.
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT
The Daughters of Riverton – Historical Romance Series
Sarah’s Smile, Book 1, is a story about a would-be missionary who is waiting to leave for the mission field when the man who broke her heart steps back into her life, wanting a second chance.
Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.
~ Luke 6:37
In Hope’s Design, the second book in the series, an independent city girl aspiring to be a fashion designer falls for a stubborn artist from the country who wants to keep his talent a secret.
And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightaway took his journey.
~ Matthew 25:15
Rebecca’s Song completes the trilogy. A small-town teacher who lost hope of having her own family, and a big-city railroad detective driven to capture his sister’s killer, must do what’s best for three young orphans who need them both.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28
A Final Word from Dawn Kinzer
I write Christian fiction because I truly believe in the power of story to touch and impact lives. Writing is a way for me to use my own gifts and fulfill a purpose.
How about you? How are you using your God-given talents?
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Lord, please bless each word Dawn writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake