Monday, November 24, 2014

Introducing: Nan Dixon!

Hey readers! We at the Super Authors blog are lucky enough to have new authors join us fairly often. It occurred to me that we should do something special when we have a new participant - something such as, oh, an introductory post. So here is the first of what I hope will be many introductions. Let's all welcome Nan aboard!

I’m so excited to be blogging with this group of wonderful writers.  My debut novel SOUTHERN COMFORTS releases one week from today.  **Insert eardrum breaking squeal** It’s an event I’ve been looking forward to since I left the world of finance and starting writing full-time in 2008. 

I’ve been asked a few questions – so here we go. 

What made you choose Supers?  I have to go back to 2011 and my second Golden Heart final, SOUTHERN COMFORTS.  
After querying agents, I had my first phone rejection and was thrilled.  (Writing is such a strange business).  I then had another phone rejection from my now agent, Laura Bradford.  She spent almost an hour talking to me about what genre I wanted to write.  She’d reviewed my 2010 Golden Heart finalist manuscript which was a single title and then SOUTHERN COMFORTS which was category.  Laura thought I had a category voice.  After sending Laura 4 manuscripts, she finally signed me on a single title book which we are still shopping.  While we waited, Laura had me do a quick cleanup of SOUTHERN COMFORTS.  She then pitched the book to the then SuperRomance senior editor, Wanda Ottewell.  Wanda passed the book to Megan Long who read the book over the weekend.  I would like to say they bought it immediately, but alas, I had 2 revision letters before that happened.  Those revisions got me my first SOLD.  

Who are some of your favorite authors? I don’t think there is enough space in the blog for all my favorite authors.  I read everyone.  Nora Roberts, JR Ward, Kristin Higgins, Susan Mallory, Susan Wiggins, Valerie Bowman, Tessa Dare, Amy Patrick, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Suzanne Brockmann just to name a few.  I read in the name of research!  And what’s wonderful is I’m getting to read so many new authors like Lizbeth Selvig, Erica O’Rouke, Erin Knightley, and Sandra Owens because they’ve been Golden Heart finalists with me.  I know I am forgetting wonderful authors and I apologize to them.

What was the biggest surprise for you about the whole publication process? Things happened so fast!  I got the call April 30th and had revisions by mid-May.  The line edits and copy edits were completed by mid-July.  I got the cover sometime in August and the books in October!  It made my head spin.  (My lovely editor, Megan Long, said I was on a tight timeline.)



Favorite holiday?  It has to be Christmas. 
My kids are scattered all over the country, so it is the one holiday we have a chance of getting together.  I put up two trees and lots of decorations and one daughter brags to her friends that the house vomits Christmas.  I have wonderful Christmas china that I pull out after Thanksgiving and it stays out until Valentine’s Day.  (I may be too lazy to pack it all away.)  And the plates are smaller—and I need portion control after the holidays. 


Where you would live if you could live anywhere on the planet? 

I think I would move between the ocean and the mountains.  I love walking along the shore and have a container full of shells from our travels.  Possibly, Costa Rica for the ocean.  My oldest son lived in Nosara for a while and the ocean was like bath water.  But I also love snow skiing so I would want to spend time in Big Sky, Montana.  (Those are my twins.) And then I would want to get back to my family’s lake cabin in Minnesota.  As soon as I drive into the woods, the stress rolls right off me.   I guess I don’t want to decide where to live!

You can find out more about me through--
Website: www.nandixon.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nandixonauthor
Twitter: @nandixonauthor
Pinterest:
http://www.pinterest.com/NanDixonauthor/  (But I’m a newbie at this)

28 comments:

Mary Preston said...

I love Christmas too & I love your Christmas china.

Natalija said...

Welcome! Looking forward to reading your books & your posts.

Nan Dixon said...

Thanks Mary!
Both my mother and I had the same Christmas pattern - so I ended up with a lot of pieces! And it always feels good to touch something my mother owned.
I'm hoping to start pulling them out right after Thanksgiving--just to hear the kids groan!

Nan Dixon said...

Thanks for stopping in Natalija. I hope you enjoy my book!

Sheri Humphreys said...

Nan, I love your Christmas dishes! I have a great set, too. Each dish has a different line from the poem Twas the Night Before Christmas, and a different picture that coincides with the poem line. I love them!

Can't wait to read your book, Nan. I know I'm going to love it! Congratulations!

Nan Dixon said...

Sheri Thanks for stopping! Do you have to set the dishes up is order? I would really be OCD on that!

Gail Hart said...

Congrats on you debut, Nan! I've recommended your book to a friend whose dream is to own a B&B in Savannah.

Gail

Sandra Owens said...

I love Christmas, too, Nan. After seeing your Christmas china, now I want some. :-)

So happy for you on the sale of your book, and I'm so looking forward to reading it.

P.S.Oh, wow, my heart did a little flutter to see my name listed with all those other amazing authors. Thank you, and I know I'll be saying the same back to you very soon.

Sonali Dev said...

Nan, I am so so excited to see your launch. The poise and grace with which you've persevered has been an inspiration and I'm looking forward to a slew of books! Keep em coming.

Hugs,
Sonali

Darcy said...

What a thrill your release is almost here, Nan! *squeals & shatters all the glass* *gasps* BUT NOT THE LOVELY CHRISTMAS PATTERNS!

You deserve a whirlwind of success after your years of perseverance!!! And hey, can I interest you in a celebratory kitten? ;) whiskers + wet noses = good times

penney said...

I love your china, I would love to spend Christmas in a cabin in the woods with the family we don't get snow here in LA California.
Penney
Happy Thanksgiving!

Nan Dixon said...

Thank you Gail! I love the idea of owning a B and B - but I would want someone else to do the work. So much easier to create my own!

Jacie Floyd said...

Exciting milestone moment coming for you, Nan--debut novel! Hurray. I think I may have judged Southern Comorts in the Golden Heart several years ago. I could see its promise even then. Can't wait to read the finished product.

Nan Dixon said...

Ahh Sandra - of course your name was in that list! I think the Golden Heart community is a fantastic place to find fabulous new authors! And you are one of them!

Nan Dixon said...

Ahh Sonali - thank you! (I am in awe of the trajectory of your career! Can I be you>)

Nan Dixon said...

Darcy LOL - No on the kitten. They are adorable - but Mr. Waldo is a handful! (And ruining the furniture) Cannot wait to celebrate your launch! So so happy for you my friend!

Nan Dixon said...

Jackie - Thank you! I think I have revise this manuscript 8 times! (That was before the official editing process) Now when I look at it - I don't recognize my writing!

Nan Dixon said...

Thanks for stopping by Penney!
Our cabin isn't heated - drat-- so even with fireplaces (2) it would be cold. But here in Minnesota, we get enough snow to almost always have a white Christmas. And we already have snow on the ground.
Enjoy your green Christmas!

Colleen C. said...

Welcome Nan... looking forward to all that you share with us!

Nan Dixon said...

Oh Colleen C, Thank you! I will probably overshare! I think it comes from being the 3rd child in a family of 5 kids!

Amy said...

What a fun post! Love the pics, the dishes, and getting to know you a little more. And can I just say how *flattered* I am to be on your list. <3
Cannot wait to read your long-awaited and much-deserved debut!!

Nan Dixon said...

Thanks for stopping by, Amy! I love your books, so of course you're on my list!

Vanessa Barneveld said...

So excited about your upcoming debut, Nan! Wow, two Christmas trees? Double the fun!

Enjoy this wonderful ride. You deserve it!

Nan Dixon said...

Thanks for stopping by Vanessa!
Yes 2 trees. I've tried to only put up one--but the children (all young adults) complain!
I am loving the ride!

Asa Maria Bradley said...

I'm torn between mountains and ocean too! Also, I like my mountains cold so I can ski, but my ocean warm so I can scuba dive, which is hard to find in one place. :-)

I'm so happy for your success! You so deserve this and many more good things for all the hard work you've done.

Shelly Chalmers said...

Nan, Congrats on your outcoming book, and all the best! It's been a long road, and you deserve all your success. :)

I love Christmas, too. I've recently started the tradition of the second tree so my daughter can have "her" tree to decorate, and I love the connection to our family and our history that Christmas naturally creates. All the best to you. :)

Nan Dixon said...

Thanks for stopping by Shelly! I'm hoping with a couple of kids home for Thanksgiving, they will help get the trees up before the Thanksgiving weekend is done! It gets to be more work now that they're all gone!

penney said...

Welcome Nan, I can't wait to read your Southern Comforts book.
Penney

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