Sunday, December 21, 2014

Mystery Writer T Dawn Richard: What Christmas Means To Me!

Christal Cooper  521 Words

Mystery Writer T. Dawn Richard:
What Christmas Means To Me!

       We didn’t have much.  Most of the time our cupboards were empty but somehow my mother managed to scrape together what she could feed her five children and husband, my dad, who was the pastor of a small church in a small town in Montana.

Because we were surrounded by forests, our Christmas tree was one we cut down and dragged home tied to the top of our station wagon.

We decorated with the scratched and home-made ornaments we kept in a cardboard box. I never remember feeling like we were poor, even though we were, because I had my family.

One Christmas Eve my mother and dad gathered up the children and we all piled into the station wagon.

They didn't tell us where we were going but soon enough we stopped at a familiar house and knocked on the door. We were greeted with the smells of cooking and the smiles of everyone in the house. After a short visit and hugs we went on to the next house, and the next, chatting and eating whatever treat was offered, hugs as we went out the door, and after several hours we had visited every family in my dad's church.

We couldn't offer gifts, and most of our church family didn't have much to offer, either, but that didn't matter.

We were filled with the love of our friends, unified in the love of Christ, and all differences were set aside at least for one day in the year. Nothing mattered except we were all together. For me, that is the true meaning of Christmas.

*Dawn Richard was born in Texas, raised in Montana, spent time in the Army as a medic in Germany, attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and eventually found her way back to Texas where she obtained a bachelor's degree at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, and a master's degree in Adult Education at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She worked for the Air Force as an instructor and curriculum developer but loved to write books and short stories throughout her lifetime.

When she married an Air Force pilot and moved to Spokane, Washington she had an opportunity to stay home, raise her children, and pursue a full-time career in writing.

Her first book, Death for Dessert, is a cozy mystery whose main character, May List, is a bumbling but capable senior citizen.

After successfully placing her book with an agent and then with a publisher (Five Star/Cengage) she went on to write three more books in the May List mystery series.

Death for Dessert, Digging up Otis, A Wrinkle in Crime, and Par for the Corpse are all available on Amazon, Nook, Kindle, and iPad.

Dawn is now working on an out-of-series mystery novel, which is geared more toward the more serious nature of crime.  She is also planning to begin a series of books for young teenage girls who love horses. Dawn has a blog on Tumblr -

Photograph Description and Copyright Information

Photo 1
Dawn Richard and her horse.
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Image of a church in Montana
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Montana forests
Attributed to the United States Department of Agricultural
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Photo 4
Dawn Richard, third from left in the doorway, surrounded by her siblings and cousin at Yellowstone National Park
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Photo 5
Dawn Richard, middle with her mother and her father.
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Photo 6
Painting The Pastor’s Visit
Attributed to Thomas Brooks
Painting completed in 1850
Part of the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum
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Photo 7
Victorian painting of a family celebrating Christmas
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Photo 8
Dawn Richard and her father.
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Photo 9
Kindle jacket cover of Death For Dessert

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Kindle jacket cover of Digging Up Otis

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Jacket cover of A Wrinkle In Crime

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Jacket cover of Par For The Corpse

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