“Vera said: “Why do you feel you have to turn everything into a story?” So I told her why.
Because if I tell the story, I control the version. Because if I tell the story, I can make you laugh, and I would rather have you laugh at me than feel sorry for me. Because if I tell the story, it doesn’t hurt as much. Because if I tell the story, I can get on with it.”
― Nora Ephron, Heartburn
Dawn Dixon, now a full-time writer (and reader!) after many years in corporate communications and freelance writing, is the author of Faux Finished (CLASS Publishing, Pawleys Island, S.C.). She also has a short story in a new mystery anthology, Peace, Love, and Crime: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of the ’60s (Untreed Reads).
Born in Miami Beach, she moved to Charlotte, N.C., to live with her grandparents. Her love of crime stories began because her Nana was a true crime fanatic and left true crime magazines lying around the house. Dawn’s been hooked on crime ever since, although she’s too chicken to do anything criminal herself…Hence, her fiction.
Dawn Dixon (Cotter), winner of the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers, went on to complete her novel Faux Finished (released June 2021), while working full time in the corporate world until this past year. She has also won short story awards and been published in a mystery anthology, Peace, Love and Crime: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of the ’60s. Currently, she is working on the sequel to Faux Finished.
Dawn graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (AB Journalism). She’d planned to be a sports announcer but found that in front of the camera her mind went blank and she froze. So, she turned to corporate communications and kept a bit of creativity alive with freelancing for local, regional and national publications. Recently, she closed down her 6×6 corporate cubicle where she’d been an editor for more than two decades, and turned back to writing for the love of it. Besides tackling her novel and its sequel, she’s planning a memoir, a children’s series about her three-pawed dog, Rupert, and more short stories. She adores writing screenplays. In her youth, she was known to indulge in really bad poetry.
She is also a member of Sisters in Crime and attends mystery conventions.
Although born in Miami Beach, Florida, Dawn claims Charlotte, North Carolina, as home, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as her personal utopia. She plans to hunt and gather her ancestors someday in Ireland, England, Scotland, and France, and ask them why they left Europe as that is where she now escapes to whenever she travels. She claims she could’ve saved a lot of money if they’d all stayed put.
For now, she and her partner sip iced tea and rock on the front porch in South Carolina’s Low Country where she swears the lizards and alligators roam.