Interview with Dawn White the author of Wingless and Damned

Title: Wingless and Damned
Author: Dawn White
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing


Alexander is the alpha tribal leader of his Neuri werewolf tribe, set to destroy anything associated with the dreaded strigoi. Lea is a magnificent fae or soon comes to find out she isn’t a fae after all. With Alexander, Lea’s and basically the worlds fate is in the hands of the mated pair. They must act fast and not just on the revenge they so desperately need. Can their love save us all? As Lea and Alexander’s souls hang in the balance they come to realize we are all a little Damned.

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About the Author:

Dawn White resides in southern CA with her husband and three daughters. She has always been an avid reader and seems to live a busy life as a wife and mother. In between home schooling her children and taking care of the house she finds a few minutes at a time to write her novella series. Wingless and Damned will be available October 1, 2012.

What would you consider a perfect day for you as an author?

A perfect day for me would entail me getting all my writing done I have set before myself. I have a strict schedule I like to stand by it and if I don’t get what I had planned done on said schedule I have a tendency to be more stressed than usual.

What sort of research (if any) did you do for this novel?

I didn’t really need to do much research for Wingless and Damned. I have always been an avid reader of dark fantasy and Greek Mythology. I really just took what I already knew and put it into the story.

What was your inspiration for this story?

My inspiration...hmm hard The entire Wingless series was born from me having 5 surgeries in one year and being bed ridden or wheelchair ridden. As I don’t enjoy watching television I had my laptop, and in my medicated state Wingless and Damned was born.

Is there any character in particular that you enjoyed writing about the most?

Writing about Lea and Alexander’s love affair was great fun. They have a relationship that so many would die to have. I myself love the strength and alpha personality Alexander possesses. 

Were any of your characters or events from the book based of real life people or experiences you have had?

Yes certainly. Lea is me. Alexander is based off my husband. I have been married to a wonderful man for over twelve years and I have to say he is my own personal hero. 

Are there any other projects you are working on that you would like to tell us about?
Certainly, Wingless and Forsaken book two will be out hopefully early next year. I also have a werewolf novel almost done.  And I have under a pen name of course a young adult urban fantasy with zombies that I am co-writing with a good friend of mine.

Did any of your characters give you a difficult time while writing this book?  

I had no problems writing characters in Wingless and Damned, they worked very well together. Lol… I however did have problems writing some scenes in the second book in the series. 

Coffee or Hot Chocolate?

I am a coffee addict! All hours of the day I can be seen carrying a strong cup of coffee everywhere I go.

What do you like to do in your down time?
Down time? I don’t have any down time. I am a mother of three little ladies, who happen to be home schooled. They take up most of my day but the evening is generally mine to do with as I please. I on general get about three hours of sleep a night, between writing and cleaning. Basically being a mommy and wife is my life but my passion and dream has always been writing.

Do you relate to any of your characters?

Yes, as I am Lea basically in all forms. I am very sarcastic but very down to earth.


The elder strigoi’s are forcing Ciarra to do their bidding by getting rid of their only competition. To their dismay she makes it permanent and goes another step farther with the guidance of her spirit guides.
"I will do it if she and her unborn are released safely and unharmed.”
Feeling as if the spirits are right in the manipulation of the curse, I know the look I give Kimi is one of remorse. My heart is yearning to set her free with no harm done to her and her unborn baby.
 He nods in agreement and the other strigoi remove themselves from her side apparently having overheard and understood our conversation. Kimi’s whimpers turn into soft sobs as I run to where they want me to stand. I look at Kimi and the look in her eyes plead with me to help her but all I can do is try to smile at her to make her know it will all be okay.

Standing in the center of the room, I hear my spirit guides.
“This is very bad and you will have to twist the curse so as to not cause more harm than already done.”
I slowly start twisting the curse as I try to do what is required of me to get Kimi released safely. I add a few incantations I hope no one will notice but to no avail. Finishing the twisted curse, Aison furiously rushes to my side and yells at me.
“Finish what you started; it is too late now!”
I realize I have doomed all future Neuri children to live in this world as dreaded werewolves. At the age of 26 the prophecy will manifest. They are ill-fated to wander the plains of this wicked world, without death to look forward to.
 The only way this spell can be broken is if a mated pair come together and crossover at the same time. This will make them part werewolf and part strigoi which is the only way they can successfully kill the original strigoi to break the curse.
 As soon as my incantation is finished, I collapse to the hard stone-covered floor, but before Aison can get to my side, the other strigoi rush to me and treat me as if I am a feast of sort. One of the smaller strigoi leaps across the room to land in a loud thud atop me, breaking my ribs. A sharp prickle of pain radiates from deep inside my chest and I start experiencing a drowning sensation and gasp for what little air my blood-filled lungs can acquire. I think I must be turning purple from a lack of oxygen and feel my life begin to fade. I reach for Aison only to come up empty.
They bite me on the soft skin on the inside of my thighs, their sharp teeth tearing my fragile skin. Warm, thickening blood pools under my body as these creatures continuously ravage my already broken body. My heart begins to slow and fuzziness blurs the edges of my eyesight. I realized I am dying; it is too late for me!