Dawn Ius

Author - Screenwriter - Editor

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 14:57

2017 Pitch Wars Wishlist & Bio!

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Dawn

DO YOU WRITE YOUNG ADULT HORROR, MYSTERY, OR THRILLER? K, SEND ME THAT PLEASE!

*ahem*

Let me just back up a step. Hi. *waves* I’m back for my second year of Pitch Wars and I’m so excited! My rookie experience was ah-mazing-ing. I met dozens of outstanding people, read mind-blowing work from talented writers, and worked on a mind-blowing book with my ridiculously talented mentee, Kimberley Gabriel. And guys, guess what? She landed her dream agent! I can hardly wait for her book to sell so I can set it on my bookshelf and drool on…er…admire it. 

And yep, it’s a thriller.

That’s kind of my thing.

Scary stuff. Suspense. Edge-of-your-seat action. My heart is pounding just thinking about the kinds of book I’m dying (not literally, of course) to see in my inbox. 

Don’t write horror or thriller? Don’t go just yet…

I have a few other interests. <grin> Like what? SO GLAD YOU ASKED!

But first…a little about me.

I’m the author of Anne & Henry (a contemporary retelling of the torrid romance between King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn), Overdrive (a teen heist book set in Las Vegas), and Lizzie (a modern retelling of the Lizzie Borden hatchet murders), all published by Simon Pulse. I’ve ghostwritten five novels, and am the author of 16 educational graphic novels for the Alberta Canola Producers’ Commission. I’m the Deputy Editor of the e-mag published by the International Thriller Writers OrganizationThe Big Thrill, and a book coach at Author Accelerator. I’m repped by Agent Awesome, Mandy Hubbard, founder of Emerald City Literary Agency

If I’m not at my computer, I’m probably kayaking (new obsession), swooning over Adam Levine (old obsession), driving fast, playing with my GIANT dogs, binge watching whatever Netflix show has me hooked, or reading. Maybe I’ll be reading YOUR manuscript…

What am I hoping to read?

A fast-paced young adult book that makes me swoon, or scares the shit out of me.
Give me bad boys that aren't cliche'd and tough girls that my stepdaughters can look up to. Or deliver a suspenseful read that takes me through a series of shocking twists and turns, and makes me double-check that I've locked the front door. For a week. (Fair warning: I'm really hard to scare.) I prefer page-turning thriller to outrageous gore, but if your WIP is a teen slasher with a fresh twist, give me that. (Please!)

I’m really itching for a paranormal romance. (Seriously!) Not so much vampires (unless your vampires are exceptionally unique), but something fresh and sparkly (heh) and swoon-worthy. Pepper in some thriller elements and Hello!

Is your WIP a survival story? I want that! (Especially if your setting is real world.) 

I like big hooks and a fast plot. If your YA is unabashedly commercial, I’m so reading it. 

While I like to read some sci-fi and fantasy, I'm probably not the best fit there—I'm a Star Wars junkie, but beyond that, my reading in those genres is limited. (My advice will be, "Can you please add more Chewbacca?" and that's probably not very helpful.) I enjoy Game of Thrones, but could never aspire to write something so...big? But I do own three bearded dragons and sometimes my hubs calls me Khaleesi...though that MAY be in hopes of getting some of my chocolate chip cookies. 

I prefer contemporary settings, but if you're killing it with a historical, I can be persuaded to hitch a ride on that time travel device with you. Just be sure you've aced your research! 

And look, grammar / spelling is important (I'll be much more engaged if I'm not slogging through sloppy writing) but it's voice that matters. (Cliche, I know!) If you can wow me with your voice, I'll forgive almost ANYTHING in the story and character development and try out virtually any genre or cross-genre.

Why do you want me as your mentor?

1. I'm tough. One of the best lessons one of my mentors taught me is that you can ALWAYS write better. I will push you to write tighter and more efficiently. To dig deep. You will work hard in revisions. You will develop a thicker skin—because you need that in this industry. You will come out of this stronger, more confident, and ready. 
2. I'll be your number one fan and cheerleader—even when I'm red-lining your work. (And I WILL redline your work...)

3. I WANT you to succeed.

4. I believe in you. Yes, you. 

If you want to work hard, write better, and craft a kick-ass book that will have agents and editors salivating, pitch me! 

Also, send Adam Levine gifs.

For submission guidelines and all you need to know about Pitch Wars, go to brilliant Brenda's post here.

 

And don't forget to check out all of the other great YA mentors!

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Published in Writing & Publishing
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 15:53

A to Z Challenge: Y is for Young Adult

22453734Oh, I know this is a cop-out, but I couldn't find a single "Y" word that I could relate to Tudor history. So, "Y" is for young adult—which is the target audience for my contemporary novel, coming from Simon Pulse, September 1, 2015. Here's all you need to know about it ;-)

Anne
Wild, brazen, mischievous, bewitching
Henry
Driven, haunted, charming, magnetic

Apart, they are bound to destroy themselves. Together, they are bound to destroy each other.

Henry Tudor's life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father's. But ever since the death of Henry's brother—perfect, high-achieving Arthur—his family has been twice as demanding. And now Henry's trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who's not Tudor approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Anne is wild, brash and outspoken. She is everything Henry is not allowed to be—or to want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, yet his desire for Anne consumes him. Henry is willing to do anything to be with her. But once he has her, their romance could destroy them both.

Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, Anne & Henry reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time.

Tomorrow is the LAST DAY of the A to Z Challenge! Check back tomorrow for "the end". In the meantime, don't forget to take a look at the rest of the blogs on the A to Z Challenge. You can find the list of them here!

~ Dawn

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22453734-anne-henry 
Twitter: @dawnmius
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dawn-Ius/426123750886849?fref=ts
Tumblr: http://dawnius.tumblr.com/

Published in Anne & Henry
Monday, 20 April 2015 20:39

A to Z Challenge: O is for Oars

rowing"O" should really be for Oy! since I'm embarassed to admit that I've dropped the ball on this blog over the past week. But, after a few days spent with family at a funeral for a truly beloved man, I am ready to get back on the blogging wagon and finish up my Tudor-inspired posts for the A to Z Challenge with a bang.

That said, my TRUE "O" word has less to do with historical times, and more to do with my modern re-telling of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII's torrid romance. In this case, "O" is for oars...as in the kind you use for rowing.

If you've been following the blog for the past few weeks, you know that Anne & Henry takes place in Media, WA, a small town bordered by Lake Washington.

The real Henry VIII was athletic and competitive. In lieu of jousting or hunting, "my" Henry is a football quarterback, rides horses, is the student council president, and of course, captains the rowing team. The rowing scene is actually one of my favorites in the book. <grin>

Check back in...erm...a few minutes for my kind-of-Tudor-inspired letter P. And, don't forget to check out the rest of the blogs on A to Z Challenge—you can find the list here!

~ Dawn

About my YA Contemporary, ANNE & HENRY—coming from Simon Pulse, Sept. 1, 2015.

22453734

Anne
Wild, brazen, mischievous, bewitching
Henry
Driven, haunted, charming, magnetic

Apart, they are bound to destroy themselves. Together, they are bound to destroy each other.

Henry Tudor's life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father's. But ever since the death of Henry's brother—perfect, high-achieving Arthur—his family has been twice as demanding. And now Henry's trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who's not Tudor approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Anne is wild, brash and outspoken. She is everything Henry is not allowed to be—or to want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, yet his desire for Anne consumes him. Henry is willing to do anything to be with her. But once he has her, their romance could destroy them both.

Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, Anne & Henry reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22453734-anne-henry 
Twitter: @dawnmius
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dawn-Ius/426123750886849?fref=ts
Tumblr: http://dawnius.tumblr.com/

Published in Anne & Henry
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:53

A to Z Challenge: M is for Medina

Medina

ANNE & HENRY isn't set in England—though, the temptation was certainly there. 

Instead, my contemporary re-telling of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII's torrid romance is set in Medina, Washington, a picturesque REAL town bordering Lake Washington, and the home of Bill Gates.

I've never been to Medina, but the pictures of the area are beautiful, there are cameras that record who enters and exits the town (hello, Big Brother!), and the houses are gorgeous. 

Aside from the scenery, most of MY Medina is made up—from the Tudor mansion where Anne and Henry first meet to Medina Academy, where the teens go to school, and Henry reigns as Student Council President. There's also an abandoned theatre, a Mom & Pop style diner, and a great coffee shop where I wish I could hang out and write in.

For more about the REAL, picturesque Medina, check out this link.

Back tomorrow with a more traditional Tudor-inspired "N" but in the meantime, check out the rest of the blogs on A to Z Challenge—you can find the list here

~ Dawn

About my YA Contemporary, ANNE & HENRY—coming from Simon Pulse, Sept. 1, 2015.

22453734

Anne
Wild, brazen, mischievous, bewitching
Henry
Driven, haunted, charming, magnetic

Apart, they are bound to destroy themselves. Together, they are bound to destroy each other.

Henry Tudor's life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father's. But ever since the death of Henry's brother—perfect, high-achieving Arthur—his family has been twice as demanding. And now Henry's trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who's not Tudor approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Anne is wild, brash and outspoken. She is everything Henry is not allowed to be—or to want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, yet his desire for Anne consumes him. Henry is willing to do anything to be with her. But once he has her, their romance could destroy them both.

Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, Anne & Henry reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22453734-anne-henry 
Twitter: @dawnmius
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dawn-Ius/426123750886849?fref=ts
Tumblr: http://dawnius.tumblr.com/

Published in Anne & Henry
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 01:28

A to Z Challenge: L is for Love Letters

IMG 2304a-300x225Henry VIII was a renowned playboy: six wives, countless mistresses—the guy clearly got around.

But the infamous king actually had quite a notorious reputation as a romantic as well, as evidenced in the many love letters he wrote to Anne Boleyn during his (agressive) courtship and in the early months of their relationship. 

It doesn't take a scholar to see that, at least on paper, Henry truly loved Anne—until he didn't. The letters are stored at the Vatican, but if you'd like to preview a few of them, check out this link.

I love the idea of such a notorious playboy writing beautiful letters to his love, and so, of course, love letters play a small—but significant—role in ANNE & HENRY.

Tomorrow I'll explore the letter M with a look at some of the cool places Henry and Anne visit in my modern re-telling of their torrid romance. In the meantime, check out the rest of the blogs on A to Z Challenge—you can find the list here

~ Dawn

About my YA Contemporary, ANNE & HENRY—coming from Simon Pulse, Sept. 1, 2015.

22453734

Anne
Wild, brazen, mischievous, bewitching
Henry
Driven, haunted, charming, magnetic

Apart, they are bound to destroy themselves. Together, they are bound to destroy each other.

Henry Tudor's life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father's. But ever since the death of Henry's brother—perfect, high-achieving Arthur—his family has been twice as demanding. And now Henry's trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who's not Tudor approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Anne is wild, brash and outspoken. She is everything Henry is not allowed to be—or to want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, yet his desire for Anne consumes him. Henry is willing to do anything to be with her. But once he has her, their romance could destroy them both.

Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, Anne & Henry reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22453734-anne-henry 
Twitter: @dawnmius
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dawn-Ius/426123750886849?fref=ts
Tumblr: http://dawnius.tumblr.com/

Published in Anne & Henry
Monday, 13 April 2015 15:02

A to Z Challenge: K is for King

crown

When Henry VII died in 1509, a popular, 18-year-old prince, known for his love of hunting and dancing, became King. No one then could predict that Henry VIII would become one of the most famous Kings in English history—nor could they imagine he would be more well known for his exploits with women than anything he did as a ruler.

A good King should be confident, brave and intelligent. Henry could certainly check off those boxes. In fact, during his reign, he became known at the "father of the Royal Navy." When he became King, there were only five royal ships. But by his death, Henry had built a navy of around 50. Henry also built the first naval dock in Britain at Portsmouth, and in 1546, established the Navy Board.

Unfortunately, these successes are overshadowed now, as King Henry VIII is most remembered for his six wives—and, of course, the beheading of Anne Boleyn.

In ANNE & HENRY, Henry also struggles with his "legacy" while trying to crawl out from under his brother's shadow.

Tomorrow we move on to the eetter L, but in the meantime, don't forget to scroll through the rest of the blogs on the A to Z Challenge—you can find the list here

~ Dawn

About my YA Contemporary, ANNE & HENRY—coming from Simon Pulse, Sept. 1, 2015.

22453734

Anne
Wild, brazen, mischievous, bewitching
Henry
Driven, haunted, charming, magnetic

Apart, they are bound to destroy themselves. Together, they are bound to destroy each other.

Henry Tudor's life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father's. But ever since the death of Henry's brother—perfect, high-achieving Arthur—his family has been twice as demanding. And now Henry's trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who's not Tudor approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Anne is wild, brash and outspoken. She is everything Henry is not allowed to be—or to want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, yet his desire for Anne consumes him. Henry is willing to do anything to be with her. But once he has her, their romance could destroy them both.

Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, Anne & Henry reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22453734-anne-henry 
Twitter: @dawnmius
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dawn-Ius/426123750886849?fref=ts
Tumblr: http://dawnius.tumblr.com/

Published in Anne & Henry
Thursday, 02 April 2015 14:13

A to Z Blogging Challenge: B is for Brother

arthur2Despite his importance and relevance to Tudor history, Arthur, Henry's brother (see what I did there?) doesn't quite garner the same knee-jerk love/hate response as when people talk about King Henry VIII. 

Arthur was just 15 when he married Catherine—who went on to become a beloved Queen, and I do mean LOVED. (Much to Anne Boleyn's dismay.) But Arthur died soon after marrying Catherine, leaving Henry with everything—the throne, the people...Catherine.

While Arthur may not have had the chance to truly make his "mark" in the history books, he certainly left an impression on Henry, who for years lived in his brother's shadow. If Arthur was "the good son" then Henry was the family "bad boy."

In ANNE & HENRY, Arthur is already dead (it's not a spoiler—you learn that in the first chapter!), but his "essence" very much lives in Henry.

Henry's decisions, both good and bad, are driven by his need to make his mark in a (modern) world where his older brother has always been number one.

See you tomorrow as we look at an important Tudor "C"—Catherine. And don't forget to check out the rest of the blogs on the A to Z Challenge—you can find the list here.

~ Dawn

22453734

Anne
Wild, brazen, mischievous, bewitching
Henry
Driven, haunted, charming, magnetic

Apart, they are bound to destroy themselves. Together, they are bound to destroy each other.

Henry Tudor's life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father's. But ever since the death of Henry's brother—perfect, high-achieving Arthur—his family has been twice as demanding. And now Henry's trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who's not Tudor approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Anne is wild, brash and outspoken. She is everything Henry is not allowed to be—or to want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, yet his desire for Anne consumes him. Henry is willing to do anything to be with her. But once he has her, their romance could destroy them both.

Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, Anne & Henry reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22453734-anne-henry 
Twitter: @dawnmius
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dawn-Ius/426123750886849?fref=ts
Tumblr: http://dawnius.tumblr.com/

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