Saturday, July 7, 2012

Guest Blog : Diamonds by Dawn Chartier

Hi everyone,

It’s an honor to be here today with Books, Books The Magical Fruit. Thank you for having me.

Whenever I guest blog I’m never sure what to blog about until I just start typing. It’s the same with writing novels.I sit my butt in the chair and I just write. (It’s always full of typo’s, but that’s why I have great critique partners. However, I don’t have a cp for my blogs. (darn!)

So, I just got back from a weekend trip from our fishing camp in South Louisiana. The camp is basically a travel trailer that stays in Shell Beach (there’s no beach there, it a fishing community.) It’s a community of hardworking Louisiana folks who have been through hell in the last 7 years. Katrina first, then the B.P. spill.They are tough characters with big hearts though, and I often find myself wanting to write about the locals. However, I couldn’t give them the justice they deserved, so I’ll leave the fishing town for others to write about. (You can find some great fictional locals in Suzanne Johnson’s, Royal Street novel. (I highly recommend)

Since I couldn’t write about the fishing folks, I decided that I could write about another place that I wasn’t emotionally attached to. That place is called, Destin, Florida. I renamed it Destiny, Florida because it's not all truly Destin. I mixed up pieces of this place and pieces of that place, and created my own little town and my own little private island as well. You’ll read about the island and the fun my characters, Drake and Holly have there. Yowza! Very hot!

Anyway, as usual on vacation my mind starts wondering as we passed these mansions in Florida along the beach. As I was day dreaming, which I do a lot, a story started forming in my mind. I know that people, rich or poor, everyone has problems, and no one’s life is perfect all the time, right. So I started thinking, what if a robber broke into one of these homes to steal a special diamond.What if it was his last hiest? What if the falls for the victim? What if the robber has to get to know the owner? Study her schedule? Watch her and learn all about her. See where I'm going with this. Hey, it could happen. lol At least in my world it can.

To Drake's surprise, Holly's going to shock him when he breaks into her home.I won’t go into details, because I don’t want to ruin the surprise. Let's just say it has something to do with Sexsomnia. (And if you don't know what that is, you'll have to look it up. Don't you love learning new things? lol)

So have you ever been to place where you started wondering about the people who might live there? Do you wonder what they do for a living? Wonder if they have a big or small family, etc.? I'm always curious about people, so I do all the time. ;-)

Thanks again for having me. Thank you everyone for dropping by

About the Author

Dawn Chartier never knew she wanted to be a writer while growing up. Sure her parents owned a book shop, and she was surrounded by bookworms, but she wasn’t one of “those” writers who started early. No, Dawn was inspired by strange events in her life, one was a bitch named, Katrina. Yes, that hur-ricane. But a few months before the storm, Dawn read an article on Marie Laveau in the New Orleans local newspaper and it sparked an idea. She began researching the voodoo priestess, and then Katrina hit.

Out of destruction, ideas formed, characters spoke and plots twisted. One thing lead to another and an author was born. (Must have been something in the air, because a few authors were born out of Katrina’s wrath.)

Dawn Chartier sold her first paranormal romance book, (Not An Angel) to The Wild Rose Press, and her second book, a contemporary erotic romance (Diamonds) to Siren BookStrand. Dawn is a member of RWA, Sola-Writers, FF&P and Savvy Authors. You can find her chatting on Twitter and Facebook when she’s not buried inside of a book or writing her next one.

Dawn lives near New Orleans with her husband, two daughters, two golden retrievers, and plenty of wildlife.

Dawn’s website



Twitter: @dawnchartier


  1. Thank you so much for having me here today!

    Dawn Chartier

  2. Diamonds sounds like a fun read! I live just 45 minutes from Destin and it is a lovely place. Florida is filled with interesting places and characters :)

    1. I agree, Elise. I love Destin, Pensacola, Perdido Key, Gulf Shores, etc. (we spend lots of time in Perdido Key as well.)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Dawn, I daydreamed stories for years before I figured out that I could write them down {grin}. I do a bit more planning than you do, but I can't do a scene-by-scene outline -- honestly, how do I know what's going to happen before I write it?

    1. I'm with you, Margaret. I do a rough outline, but nothing too detailed so I'm backed into a corner.

      Thanks for stopping by. ;-)

  4. Hey Elise, I live about ten minutes from Destin. Okay I'm off to download Diamonds now. Who knew? I love New Orleans and Suzanne Johnson too.

    1. Hi Suzanne,

      Another Florida resident. Yay! And thanks for downloading Diamonds. I sure hope you enjoy...

      Thanks for swinging in... :-)

  5. When I get an idea, I write an outline and couple of chapters. Because sometimes, I don't get back to that story for a year or two. This lets me know where I wanted the story to go originally.

  6. Hey Dawn, thanks for the nod to Royal Street! I've been to Destin quite a bit on vacations as I grew up in Alabama. Such a beautiful place! Now I'm off to download too!

    1. Wow! My favorite UF author is in the house! Woot! Woot! LOL Thanks for swinging by, and I nod to Royal Street all the time. I love DJ and the crew!

  7. That's a great idea, Marian. And thanks for stopping by.


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