So I’ve been meeting a lot of new authors and writers online. And some of you may be thinking, “Who the heck is E.B. Dawson?” So here are some fun “writerly” facts about me:
1. I have moved 24 times in 27 years and have lived in 4 different countries.
2. I dream very vividly (sometimes lucidly). I had nightmares a lot when I was little and I learned to give them happy endings to help me go back to sleep. That is really where my storytelling began. Even now, a lot of my stories were either inspired by dreams, or have dream related content grafted in.
3. I adore airports. If it was feasible for me to go to an international terminal every time I wanted to write, I would. I don’t have a traditional hometown (see fact #1). Airports/airplanes are the closest thing to a hometown for me. There is a comfort and a familiarity there that I can’t find anywhere else.
4. I secretly (or not so secretly anymore) want to be MacGyver (not the new one, the old one). I already carry my pocket knife around pretty much everywhere. I just need to add string and duct-tape to the list. My dad’s a mechanic and he taught me to be a creative problem solver. Now I just need to study physics, chemistry, and engineering, multiply it by ten and approach every crisis situation with a relaxed, can-do attitude and I’m good to go! (Not to brag, but I already got that last part down).
5. Some of my favorite male actors of all time: Sam Elliott, Ed Harris, Danny Kaye, Harry Morgan, and Michael Caine.
6. I summited Mt. Whitney in 2013 and it was absolutely amazing. If you are physically capable and you have the opportunity, you need to hike a 14er sometime in your life. We camped at 12-something before peaking. At that point you can feel how high you are with every breath; the landscape is more barren; the stars are exquisite. It was early September, but I was so cold I hunkered down in my sleeping bag with my foot warmers and read G.K. Chesterton.
7. I believe very strongly that stories don’t have to be graphic and gritty to be good. Even dark stories with flawed characters and ugly situations can be told with taste and discretion.
8. If I were a combination of movie characters I would be a combination of:
Anne of Green Gables (imaginative and idealistic)
P.L. Travers from Saving Mr. Banks (cynical old soul)
and Mia Wasikowska’s Alice (rational, problem solver).
9. I love dry humor, black humor, and satire.
10. If I could visit any era of American history it would be the 1890s or the 1940s.