Who Is Mistral Dawn?

Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)) where she works as a hospital drudge and attends graduate school. Taken By The Huntsman is her first effort at writing fiction and if it is well received she has ideas for several more novels and short-stories in this series. Please feel free to visit her on FaceBook or drop her a line at mistralkdawn@gmail.com

Sunday, July 12, 2015

#RRBC #Spotlight #BlogTour: Gwen Plano!! :-)

Hey Everyone!! :-)

The Rave Reviews Book Club is doing a Spotlight Blog Tour for Gwen Plano!  Take a moment to see what she has to say about writing and her book Letting Go Into Perfect Love. :-)













Gwen:
Writing is a way for me to better understand life. I process events, situations, and travails through writing—in a journal, on scattered pieces of paper, and on my computer. It is a meditation of sorts; the silence within the play of words opens doors and offers insight. Sometimes I can express in writing what I may have difficulty voicing.
When I started to write, Letting Go into Perfect Love, I was awakened in the early morning hours with scenes, faded by time. Pages of text accompanied these reveries and though I captured some of these glimpses of insight in my writing, others hid and waited—for yet another night. My crowded desk of post-it notes became my companion and sometimes friend.
This process, unexpected and bewitching, guided me through the corridors of my heart, where I wrestled with haunting flashbacks and elusive threads of connection. The years of abuse were long past and in tow—its numbness. I could feel again; and, the tears and gasps came and went—because they could.
One story after another unfolded, as sections from frayed journals and yellowed family photos came alive and spoke to me. The dramas that once controlled my life and held me captive were but ailing memories, soon to meet their demise. And as I gazed upon this human collage of struggles and apprehensions, I was humbled by another story that emerged.
I realized that my journey was everyone’s journey. I had thought I was alone.
And, so it is that I share the stories running through my heart, because ultimately, I hope we meet sometime--between the lines of scribble and the mysteries of life.

Author Bio:
Gwendolyn M Plano spent her professional life in higher education. She taught and served as an administrator in colleges in New York, Connecticut and California. She has multiple academic degrees, including one in Theology and one in Counseling. Recently Gwen retired, and she now devotes herself to writing, travel, volunteer work, and her beautiful grandchildren.

Book Link:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K7WYTW6/

Find Gwen online!
Twitter: @gmplano
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GwendolynMPlano
Website: www.gwenplano.com

24 comments:

  1. Nice post, Gwendolyn. When inspiration strikes me I write notes on the nearest available piece of paper, despite the fact I have several notepads! Thanks for hosting, Mistral Dawn.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Michelle! :-)

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    2. Thank you, Michelle.... My desk is covered with scraps of paper :)

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  2. Great thoughts. I, too, have found that writing down thoughts helps to lessen the burden on my mind. Bit by bit they come out and let you relax again.

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  3. I've never been able to keep up a journal, but I do write bits and pieces of ideas as they come to me in notepad on my computer and anywhere else I can if I'm not home. Thanks Gwen and Mistral for the inspiring post.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Kim!! :-)

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  4. Thanks, Gwen, for sharing your journey. Writing can be such a healer. Thanks, Mistral, for sharing your site with Gwen.

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    1. Welcome, RedSapphire, thank you :-)

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    2. Thanks so much, RedSapphire...

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  5. Congratulations Gwen. Can't wait to chat on RAVE WAVES Bring on the Spotlight. Thanks Mistral for hosting.

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    1. Thanks for checking in, John! :-)

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    2. Thank you, John. I'm a bit nervous to join you on Rave Waves...but I'm excited as well!

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  6. Gwen, I found the process you described above to be one that many of us can relate to, but I also felt that your descriptions were quite poetic, and so, I thoroughly enjoyed this post! Thanks for hosting, Mistral!

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    1. Thanks for reading, John! :-)

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    2. Thank you, John. I always appreciate your reflections....Gwen

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  7. Great post, Gwen. I love it when authors discuss writing!

    Thanks for hosting, Minstral.

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    1. Thanks for dropping in, Beem :-)

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    2. Thanks so much, Beem. It is wonderful being part of the RRBC community!

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  8. Thank you, Mistral, for hosting me. I so appreciate the support and friendship. All the best, Gwen

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    1. You're welcome, Gwen! Best of luck! :-)

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  9. Congratulations on your spotlight week, Gwen! Great post! :)

    Mistral, thanks for hosting Gwen today! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Harmony! :-)

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  10. Beautifully expressed, Gwen - thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and experiences
    Thanks for having us over Mistral :-)

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