Dawn Kinzer: Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone!

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

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.

Dawn Kinzer

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:

  1. They encourage readers to find purpose and use their gifts.
  2. Forgiveness plays a role in my novels—the willingness to forgive others, the ability to accept forgiveness, and the strength to forgive ourselves.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Dawn KinzerBy 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

Dawn KinzerSarah’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

Dawn KinzerIn 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

Dawn KinzerRebecca’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?

Author Links:

Author Website 

Faithfully Write Editing 




Amazon Author Page



Links to Books:

By All Appearances

Sarah’s Smile

Hope’s Design

Rebecca’s Song

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Lord, please bless each word Dawn writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake


12 thoughts on “Dawn Kinzer: Let’s Chat!

  1. Marilyn

    I appreciate Christian historical fiction with a message of hope, peace, forgiveness from God interwoven into the books. Dawn, your books sound amazing. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Marilyn. You’re such a faithful reader and follower.

    2. Hi, Marilyn!

      Thanks for your affirmation! Your kind words have blessed me!

  2. I’d also say your books are uplifting, Dawn, and thoroughly enjoyable!

    1. Sandra, I appreciate you stopping by! I hope and pray that the books uplift and inspire while still entertain readers. Thanks so much for your encouraging comments!

    2. Ditto, Sandra!

  3. Alicia Haney

    Wow, what an Awesome author!! Thank you so very much Dawn Kinzer for writing such Beautiful and inspiring books. God Bless you Dawn Kinzer. They all sound good and the covers are Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this author with us Linda Brooks. I enjoyed reading this chat. God Bless you.

    1. Hi, Alicia!

      Thanks so much for your kind words! They’ve touched my heart.

      I’m so glad you like the covers. I love them too!

    2. God bless you, too, Alicia! You’re such a faithful follower. Thank you.

  4. Thank you for your post. I am new to blogging and writing my first Christian nonfiction book. I am always inspired by those who write to encourage others.

    1. Hi, Sheila!

      Good for you! Congratulations on tackling nonfiction. Writing is a lot of work, but it can also be very rewarding.

      Is this your first manuscript? Or first Christian nonfiction book? What is the topic?

    2. Your message has encouraged us, Sheila! Thank you.


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Join Our Author Chat with Dawn Kinzer

Welcome, Readers!

dawnkinzerheadshotYou’re in for a treat today. Dawn Kinzer, freelance editor and author of Sarah’s Smile and soon-to-be-released Hope’s Design, is part of a group of writers who publish the lovely blog for Christian writers, Seriously Write.

Dawn Kinzer writes fiction because she believes in the power of story to comfort, challenge, and inspire. (Tweet That!) Her work has been published in the Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Backyard Friends, The One Year Life Verse Devotional, A Joyful Heart: Experiencing the Light of His Love, and has been featured on the radio ministry, The Heartbeat of the Home. A mother and grandmother, Dawn lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Favorite things include dark chocolate, cinnamon, popcorn, strong coffee, good wine, the mountains, family time, and Masterpiece Theatre. Readers can find her at www.dawnkinzer.com.

*** NOTE: Everyone who joined our chat with a comment or question below was eligible for a give-away of Dawn’s beautiful historical romance, Sarah’s Smile. Drum roll, please!

*** Dum-da-da-dum!

The winner of the drawing for Sarah’s Smile is Tanya Hanson.

PS. We’ll be chatting with another great author tomorrow after 12 noon. Join the chat, and you’re entered to win.

See ya’.

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Dawn Kinzer’s Beginnings

img_5024It only took three words for me to fall in love with the written word. See Spot run.

You may be old enough to remember the Dick and Jane books from first grade. Somehow I knew even at six years old that learning to read would open up another world for me. (Tweet That!)


I grew up in a small rural town in Wisconsin called Prairie Farm—and significantitemsinsarah%27ssmile I mean small. The population was and remains around five hundred people. I’m third generation—my parents and both sets of grandparents grew up there and lived in town or on farms.

High School and Beyond

Although Prairie Farm was a great place to experience childhood, by the time I graduated from high school, I couldn’t wait to leave for college. I majored in biology and minored in chemistry and graduated with a BS. Although I loved literature and writing and did well in those college courses, I didn’t believe I had enough talent to be a writer.

An Unexpected Development

books-1031699_1280But while co-leading a church drama group, a friend and I were challenged to write a full-length play. We ended up writing three. I realized that writing filled a creative need like nothing else. (Tweet That!) I devoted years to studying my craft, blogging, attending writers conferences, networking with others in the industry, creating a platform, and learning all I could about publishing. Although my requested manuscripts garnered some interest from agents and publishers, they never made it all the way to a contract offer.

Changes of Direction

direction-sign_directory-1161965_1280In the meantime, I grew weary of working for companies who valued profits over  customers or employees. Along the way, I realized that I had a knack for editing—and I enjoyed it. So, I spent a year learning important business practices, taking classes on editing and honing my skills, and gleaning what other freelance editors had experienced before leaving the corporate world seven years ago and launching my own business, Faithfully Write Editing.

How did Dawn Kinzer get here?

sarah%27ssmilecoverThere was a time when I thought I would never self-publish. You know the saying. Never say never. Yes, I’ve gone down the indie path. Sarah’s Smile, the first book in The Daughters of Riverton series, was released in October, and Book 2 in the series, Hope’s Design, releases November 11.

A respected agent lost my first manuscript and asked me to send it again—twice—over the course of a year. Then she dropped communication which discouraged me. I’m a “doer,” and I’m also kind of a control freak, so the thought of leaving my publication hopes in the hands of other people felt unsettling. At the same time, indie publishing was becoming a reputable avenue.

dawnandsonnySo, three years ago, my husband and I discussed self-publishing. What would that look like? What would it take to become an indie author? I was already freelance editing, so I had experience in running a small business. But to pay people to edit, proofread, and design covers? Spend money with no guarantee that we’d break even?

Then I knew without a doubt it was the path I was to take after my husband and I prayed about the decision and he felt complete peace about moving forward. At first I was shocked. He’s always so careful about budgets and making sure money is well-spent. But his confidence gave me what I needed to jump in. We agreed we had to view indie-publishing as something more than possible income—we had to embrace it as a ministry—a calling.

Debut Novel – Sarah’s Smile

dawnkinzer-novelarrivesWould you believe my hometown and the people who lived there in 1902 inspired the setting and some of the characters in Sarah’s Smile?

When you open the pages to Sarah’s Smile, you’ll find romance, heartbreak, secrets, scandal, and second chances.

Our heroine, Sarah McCall, is waiting to leave for the mission field when the man she once loved steps back into her life. Abandoned as a child by her mother and gambler father, she strives to overcome a tarnished history she didn’t create and a heartbreak she can’t forget.

church-pews-1190461_1280Peter Caswell returns to his Wisconsin hometown a pastor, dedicated to his four-year-old daughter and new congregation. But no matter how hard he tries to move on with his life, he can’t forgive himself for his wife’s death.

When Sarah learns that Peter is returning to Riverton, the letter giving her departure date for Africa can’t come soon enough for her. They were best friends—she loved him and supported his dreams—but he married another and broke her heart. Although ten years have passed since he left Riverton, Peter hopes Sarah still cares enough to give him a second chance. But a charming newcomer pursues her affections—and Sarah’s childhood nemesis manipulates her way into Peter’s life.

And of course the question is . . . will Sarah and Peter find their way to forgiveness and each other, or will past mistakes make a life together impossible?
cross-sun-background_god-1772560_1280I started out writing a romance about a young woman who couldn’t wait to leave her small town and make a difference in the world. But I ended writing a story about forgiveness—the grace to forgive, the willingness to accept forgiveness from others, and the ability to forgive ourselves. 

Advice for Writers From Dawn Kinzer

Some may choose traditional publishing. Some may choose indie-publishing. Others may want to live in both worlds as a hybrid. Regardless, there are decisions to make in terms of platform, marketing, website formats, blogs, social media, etc. etc. etc. So, whatever you choose . . . do what feels right for you.

Just as important . . . don’t forget to enjoy the journey. The friendships I’ve made with other writers have been and continue to be priceless.

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Thank you for stopping by to chat, Dawn. Your journey, complete with unexpected curves and uncertainties, encourages us to keep pressing on.

Readers, here’s where you can find Dawn Kinzer and her books:

Author Website
Amazon Author Page
Blog: Inspiration/Book Reviews
Seriously Write: Blog for Christian Writers

Books: http://amzn.to/2fcFehw
Email: dawn@dawnkinzer.com

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Lord, how marvelous are Your ways. They are beyond our understanding. We thank and praise You for never turning Your back on us and for molding our paths for Your purposes. Bless Dawn’s efforts for You. Thank you for Your faithfulness through all the seasons of our lives. ~ For Jesus’ sake


22 thoughts on “Join Our Author Chat with Dawn Kinzer

  1. A great article about your writing career, Dawn! I’m so excited about your books! God bless you, dear writing friend!

    1. Thanks, Melinda! You’re an inspiration to me! 😀

  2. Susan Hursh

    Well just wet (sp) my appetite Dawn! I’m looking forward to reading “Sarah Smiles”. Thank you Linda for sending this email. I love you sweet sister-in-law.

    1. Great to see you joined the chat, Susan. You’re entered, girl!

    2. Dawn Kinzer

      Nice to meet you, Susan! I hope you enjoy Sarah’s story. 😀

  3. Hi Dawn, what wonderful backstory to your personal story! I so enjoyed learning more about your writing journey and this lovely book. May God bless you… and Sarah and Hope! xo

    1. Thanks for joining the chat, Tanya. You’re entered!

    2. Dawn Kinzer

      Hi, Tanya! I’m so glad you enjoyed the article. Linda asked some questions and then cut me lose to respond. Thanks for the blessings! 😀

  4. Teresa Brooks

    Dawn ~ Thank you for sharing the back story of your writing. I am amazed at their perseverance and dedication it takes to get the words in your heart printed for the enjoyment and edification of those who read them! Well done!

    1. Thank you for joining our chat, Teresa. You’re entered 😊

    2. Thanks for your encouragement, Teresa! Yes, I don’t think most people understand what’s involved in getting a book written and published. But that’s okay! I don’t understand all that a mechanic does, but I sure appreciate having a car that runs well. 😉

  5. Pat Davis

    Thank you, Dawn, for sharing your background and your journey to publication and also for the advice you give to other writers seeking publication. I love your covers. May God bless your ministry.

    1. Thanks for joining the chat, Pat. You’re entered in the drawing 🙂

    2. Pat, I appreciate you taking the time to read the interview and comment. Thanks for the compliment on the cover – and for the blessing!

  6. robin Neill

    Great interview, I feel like I know Dawn now. Cant wait to read Sarah’s Smile.

    1. Thanks for joining the chat, Robin! You’re entered into the drawing 🙂

    2. Robin, thanks for spending a little time in my world. I hope you enjoy Sarah’s story!

  7. So happy for Dawn! Love learning about the story behind the story. The cover is just beautiful and I know the content is, too! Thanks, Linda:)

    1. It’s my honor to honor Dawn, Laura.

    2. Dawn Kinzer

      Thank you, Laura! I love the cover, and sometimes I can hardly believe it’s mine. My designer blessed me big time!

  8. Dawn Kinzer

    Linda, thanks so much for the opportunity to share my writing journey with you and your readers. ~ Dawn

    1. My pleasure and honor, Dawn.


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