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Born in California, Dawn Colclasure is the third of seven children. Growing up in a large family and constantly moving from one home to the next sharpened her storytelling skills as she often told stories to pass the time. She is a burn survivor, having been in a vehicle accident at the age of 20 months old and suffering third degree burns on her face and left arm. For this reason, she has had to undergo several reconstructive operations at hospitals in Southern California, Northern California and New York. The amazing work of Dr. A. Richard Grossman, Harry J. Buncke and Dr. Elliott Rose have helped her regain some use of her left hand and helped her scarring to heal. Because of these gifted doctors, she will be eternally grateful to them and will never forget those who are no longer a part of this world.
 
She started writing as a young child when encouraged by a hospital nurse to write poems into a journal, and from there she went on to write short stories, articles, book-length fiction and songs. She later started writing plays and skits. Today she has written books, articles, essays and poems published in regional and national media, including on the World Wide Web. She has also written under the pen name Dana Mitchells.
 
At the age of 13, Dawn was sickened with spinal meningitis, which left her deaf. In later years, she became profoundly deaf, losing what little hearing remained.
 
Despite attending several schools since her family was moving from one home to another, she attended only one college, College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California, studying for a degree in journalism.
 
She has a variety of interests. Her experiences with ghosts and hauntings produced an interest in the paranormal, and a dream experience that she had which lasted for several years is what created an interest in dream analysis and symbolism. Because she has lived in a haunted house, she wrote a series of articles on haunted houses for the Shadowlands website, and the articles were the start of what became the nonfiction book, TOTALLY SCARED: The Complete Book on Haunted Houses which ahe co-authored with Martha Jette. Her dream experience resulted in her novel November's Child, republished as Shadow of Samhain by Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She is also interested in science, especially astronomy, as well as psychology, religion, culture, parenting, wildlife and history. She loves animals, especially dogs, wolves and horses, and enjoys going for walks in her spare time. She also likes to read books on a variety of subjects and travel whenever and wherever possible.
 
 
Dawn has worked as a freelance writer, journalist, book reviewer, editor and ghostwriter. She was the founder of the poetry club, Circle of Poets, in Palm Desert, California, and edited the club’s magazine, American Bard. She has contributed articles to The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA) newspaper, and was a staff writer for the newspaper SIGNews, a newspaper for the deaf/HOH.
 
She has authored print and electronic books. Her books include 365 TIPS FOR WRITERS: Inspiration, Writing Prompts and Beat the Block Tips to Turbo Charge Your Creativity, BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL: How We Survive as Writing Parents, Love is Like a Rainbow: Poems of Love and Devotion, Songs of the Dead and The Yellow Rose. Her ebook, On the Wings of Pink Angels: Triumph, Struggle and Courage Against Breast Cancer, is a semi-anthology and the sales of this ebook will benefit the charity, Courageous Kids.
 
Dawn is married and the mother of two children, Jennifer and Jesse. She currently works from home as a ghostwriter in Oregon.

Here is some other work I have done. Find more at the "My online work" link in the navigation bar at the left:

My Essays

Series of articles written for the E-zine Griper. Articles appeared in "College Life" and "Society and Culture" departments.
 

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Read about my moving advice in this book!

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Read all about what I learned from my marriage in this book!

How to Survive Your Marriage

By Hundreds of Happy Couples Who Did

ISBN: 0-9746292-4-3

March 2005

6 x 9, trade paperback

Hundreds of Heads Books, Inc.

$13.95

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What's New?
 
10-20-05: Skyline, Poetry Lane Magazine and SpinningS:intense tales of life, have all shut down.
 
9-11-05: I was interviewed for the September feature of the E-newsletter, The Book Lover's Haven. Check out this powerful, inspiring E-newsletter here: http://www.chistell.com/ 
 
9-1-05: I want to make a special "shout out" to my good REAL friend and fellow writing mom, Shaunna Privratsky! Shaunna has recently done me a huge, wonderful and GENEROUS favor and it means all the world to me that she has taken such a risk to help me out during a hard time. Shaunna, you are a wonderful, true friend. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU!!! Please check out Shaunna's site for GREAT writing articles and amazing books at:  http://shaunna67.tripod.com
 
8-22-05: I have recently become a part of the editorial advisory board of the Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood international (DPPi) Journal. You can check them out here: http://www.dppi.org.uk/   
 
8-18-05: I was recently included in an article on deaf parents of hearing children in Connect For Kids Magazine. The article is by Robert Capriccioso. Here is the link: http://www.connectforkids.org/node/3328?tn=hp/s1 For the record, I did not tell Mr. Capriccioso I am a single parent, but that will be happening soon enough.
 
7-19-05: I have just been informed that Atriad Press will publish my story, "The House on Christopher Drive," in their forthcoming book, Haunted Encounters: Living in a Haunted House.
 
7-1-05: I was interviewed to be included in  the book,
How to Survive A Move
By Hundreds of Happy People Who Did
I appear in there under the name Dawn Colclasure-Wilson.
This book was published by Hundreds of Heads Books. You can read my experiences with moving in this book.
Check out Hundreds of Heads Books here: http://www.hundredsofheads.com
The book is hot off the press and can be ordered here: http://www.hundredsofheads.com/move/index.php
It is also available through Amazon and other bookstore retailers on- and offline.
If your bookstore doesn't have it, you can ask them to order it.
 
7-1-05: I was interviewed to be included in the book,
How to Survive Your Marriage
By Hundreds of Happy Couples Who Did*
*(and some things to avoid, from a few ex-spouses who didn’t)
I appear in there under the name Dawn Colclasure-Wilson. This book was published by Hundreds of Heads Books. You can read my experiences with my marriage and what I learned in this book which Hundreds of Heads calls "a great stand-alone read, but it’s also a wonderful companion book to other so-called "expert" types of marriage manuals. Its light-hearted approach and focus on the stories of everyday people make it an easy read and pain-free therapy for anxious newlyweds or struggling couples."
Check out Hundreds of Heads Books here: http://www.hundredsofheads.com
The book was released in March and can be ordered here: http://www.hundredsofheads.com/marriage/index.php
It is also available through Amazon and other bookstore retailers on- and offline.
  
6-25-05: Check out Shaunna Privratsky's interview with me at Write from Home: http://www.writefromhome.com/interviews/465colclasure.htm
 
6-25-05: The anthology containing a poem I wrote for my daughter, WHISPERS OF INSPIRATION, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com! My poem is titled "I'll Give You the Moon" and you can find the book here: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0977005003/qid=1119570641/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/102-8674628-1066559?v=glance&s=books 
 
3-18-05 Just found out that a quote from my book, 365 TIPS FOR WRITERS, has been featured as a "Quote of the Day" in Jade Walker's The Written Word Ezine. Check out The Written Word here: http://lists.topica.com/lists/TheWrittenWordEZine 
 
1-6-05  My poem, "I'll Give You the Moon," was accepted for inclusion in the forthcoming anthology, WHISPERS OF INSPIRATION.
 
12-31-04  365 TIPS FOR WRITERS is featured as a "Member's Book of the Week" in NAWW Weekly.
 
12-15-04: 365 TIPS FOR WRITERS: Inspiration, Writing Prompts and Beat The Block Tips to Turbocharge Your Creativity has been released! Check it out here: http://filbertpublishing.com/tips.htm 
 
12-2-04  Peter Bowerman ( http://wellfedwriter.com/ ), who wrote the Foreword for my forthcoming book, 365 Tips For Writers: Inspiration, Writing Prompts and Beat The Block Tips to Turbo Charge Your Creativity, gave the book a mention in the December issue of his E-zine, Well-Fed E-PUB. As a longtime subscriber to the E-PUB, I've found it to be a valuable read each and every month. It's definitely worth checking out! (Click "Ezine" to subscribe to this FREE monthly newsletter.) His books are awesome reads, too!
 
11-21-04  Book Page has been added.
 
10-29-04  Topiary Dreams is published! Stay tuned for a link on this site where it can be purchased online! For regular mail orders, please E-mail me at DMCWriter@mail2desert.com Price is $6 each.
 
10-05-04 My new book is now available for purchase! Check out BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL: How We Survive as Writing Parents here!
 
09-29-04 Read an excerpt to Topiary Dreams, my poetry chapbook! Visit the above link.
 
08-28-04  My poetry chapbook, Topiary Dreams, will be making a comeback very soon! I'll make it available for purchase through here, when I have everything set up.  
 
08-15-04  My E-zine, Burning the Midnight Oil Book Zine, was recently chosen as one of the editor's picks in the Zinester News newsletter
 
08-11-04  The release date for my book, 365 Tips for Writers will be December 15th.
 
06-15-04  I have just been named one of the Poetry Editors for Skyline Magazine.
 
05-05-06  Booklocker.com, Inc., will publish my book, BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL: How We Survive as Writing Parents, through their POD program.
 
03-02-04  My first nonfiction book, 365 Tips for Writers, has been accepted for publication by Filbert Publishing.
 
12-30-03  I will be self-publishing Topiary Dreams and all future poetry chapbooks. Until I get a PayPal account set up (as well as a special page for poetry books), you can order your copy by e-mailing me (info below). My next poetry book, a collection of love poems, is scheduled for publication in February, 2005.
 
12-24-03 evil-book.com has shut down. If you would like a copy of my poetry chapbook, Topiary Dreams, please send an e-mail with "Topiary Dreams" in the subject line to DMCWriter@mail2desert.com with your request. The cost of the book is $4, which includes shipping. Thank you.
 
10-21-03 I have just learned that copies of the Premiere issue of SIGNews has sold out. If anyone would like a copy of my article which appeared in it, send me an e-mail with your address. Thanks!
 
10-18-03 My poetry chapbook, topiary dreams, has been accepted for publication by Evil-Book.com.