For award-winning writer Dacia Arnold, there’s no place like home

Author Dacia Arnold

Dacia Arnold describes herself as “an annoyingly chipper morning person.”

That’s why, in the pre-dawn darkness, you’ll find this award-winning novelist cozied up in her living-room writing nook—right in front of a large window—putting pen to paper.

The window is slightly ajar, and the sound of a rushing creek drifts in. With the first rays of light across the Colorado sky, cottonwood and aspen trees come into view. It is against this backdrop, steaming coffee mug in hand, that Dacia invents her worlds.

Other times, she just zones out.

Sometimes, I do not even write. Sometimes I hold my coffee with two hands, lean carefully back in my soft but unstable chair and I muse. I let my mind step out of the window and float amongst the leaves of the trees, fall to the water and chase the rapids between rocks. I think of other places and who I would find there. I put them in situations and create their reactions. I allow myself to feel emotions that belong to others and make note of their progression.

Despite being Busy with a Capital B, Dacia’s love of writing—and the hope that one day it will become her full-time profession—compelled her to participate in our 10,000-word writing challenge during the month of March.

She buckled down, worked hard, and got it done.

“I have an insatiable need to be home with my children. I work and miss them so much, it drives me to write more so that one day I might be able to stay home.” —Dacia Arnold

And that hard work paid off. For her novel-in-progress, Apparent Power, Dacia was the recipient of our “Most Buzz” Award.

Meaning she’s got a lot of fans.

And for good reason: Apparent Power is a fast-paced, epic, post-apocalyptic thriller, and is currently at #2 (2!) on the ChapterBuzz charts.

Not that she lets any of her success go to her head. There’s simply no time.

Between her day job, spending time with her family, and blogging regularly, it’s amazing she’s making any progress on her novel at all.

Coffee plays an integral role, though. “It brings me from the fog of sleep into the world that I have created on the screen,” she says. “Sometimes the two intertwine in my dreams, other times I require the liquid motivation to bring me back to the place where it started.”

Whatever you’re doing, Dacia, keep doing it, because it’s working. Congratulations!

Support Dacia’s writing journey

How best to support Dacia in spreading the word about Apparent Power?

Head on over to her ChapterBuzz page, and share it using the social sharing icons!

Or settle in for a good read, and start “buzzing” her chapters as you read them. This will get her book poppin’, and hopefully propel her to the #1 spot on the charts!

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