Launch Day!

We made it guys! It has been a long journey. I started writing The Traveler in February, 2013 and then put it aside into dark corners several times. The story kept haunting me, though, and the few people who actually read it were so enthusiastic about it that I knew it was worth fighting for. I am so glad that I didn’t give up on it. Once the trilogy is finished, it’s going to be one powerful story!

 

Now for all the thank yous!

First, to my sister who started writing with me in middle school and has helped and supported me ever since!

Thanks also to J.E.Purrazzi, K.L.+Pierce, S.M. Holland, Kyle Robert Shultz, Katelyn Buxton, Daley Downing, Hannah Heath, Emrys Merlin, Claire Banschbach, and Beth Wangler for your active support and assistance!

Thanks to the greater Twitter community for your interest and support!

If you have read my book, take a minute to share your favorite thing about it in the comments!

If you haven’t read it, read The Traveler Chapter 1 for FREE!

On “The Traveler” and Finding Your Place in the World…

Hi guys! I have some thoughts for you today. And they are related to my new book, The Traveler!

I am so excited to release this book to the world, but also a little nervous. Because what if people don’t understand the themes and messages? This book asks some questions that are very important to me, personally. And while I nudge the reader in a direction, I don’t necessarily give easy answers. Because many of these issues have no easy answers. What I hope is that I have created a safe space to work through these questions and imagine different answers in a world that is similar to ours, and yet different enough.

What in the world am I talking about? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out. (wink, wink) But one thing that I can say is that it looks at finding your place in a world that is very divided.

A long, long time ago, when the world was less interconnected, and before the internet existed, people used to live fairly cohesive lives. I feel like it was more common to grow up in one place, to feel ties to a single community, and it must have been nice to have something of a cohesive identity.

Now people have a real identity and a virtual identity. The internet has connected us to people across the world. And cultures are infusing with one another. None of that is necessarily bad. But does it ever make you feel a little bit fractured? Does it ever make you wonder exactly where you belong? Or is that just me?

I have moved around my whole life and have lived in four different countries. And while there are parts of that I absolutely love, sometimes it also makes me feel like a very small cog in a very large clock. Where exactly, do I belong? More than anything, I have learned that where I live doesn’t matter as much as the person I choose to be. And if any of this resonates with you at all, then you just might like The Traveler.

You know what other book you might like? Two Lives, Three Choices by K.L.+Pierce! 

This is another book that deals with themes of identity, belonging, and choosing to fight for what we believe in. It is a sci-fi book with some fantastical elements and a lot of heart. I dare you to read this story and follow Krysta’s journey without looking into your own soul!

K.L.+Pierce and I figured out our books had a lot of common elements in them and so we decided to team up! Her revised release is coming out September 15th and we will be doing some joint giveaways! That means you can enter to win both of these books for free! What better way to beat the back-to-school blues?

If you are looking to learn more about The Traveler before it comes out, I have good news! Some of my amazing author friends have agreed to host me on their blog. Keep your eyes peeled for a character interview, a character profile, an author interview, and a discussion on themes…

“The Traveler” Cover Reveal!

It’s here, guys! It’s finally time! “The Traveler” will be released in less than three weeks! This story is very near and dear to my heart because it deals with inter-cultural questions. If you don’t know, I was born and raised in another country before moving to the U.S. as a teenager. (Don’t worry, this isn’t a political treatise, I promise!)

But you didn’t come here to listen to my dramatic and super complicated life story. You came here to see my shiny new cover! So, without further ado, I present…

Isn’t it beautiful? I am so excited to see it on a paperback, which will be happening very soon!

What’s this multicultural, multilayered book about, you ask? Read on…

Anissa Robson is becoming an adult in a society she never really identified with. Forced to choose her career path, she becomes an apprentice to a young, headstrong politician who seems to stand for everything she disagrees with. The dreams she has refused to report grow more alluring to her as she becomes disillusioned with her job. But the lines between reality and her dreamland begin to blur and cross over, launching her onto a path she would never have chosen for herself. Is the government medicating dreamers to protect them? Or to hide something from them? 

It is a crossworlds fantasy adventure with intercultural themes.

Be sure to join me on September 15th for the official launch! You’ll want to be there to learn about my upcoming giveaways!

Signing out for now…

E.B. Dawson