Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Reader Spotlight: Dawn Welburn

I have been tinkering with an idea for a somewhat regular feature on the blog, and finally decided to just run with it and see where it leads us. I want to work harder at supporting other women (and I say women because I know that my blog is mainly read by females). Sometimes we aren't the best at lifting each other up, and I think that's a shame. I will continue to try and share with you new, debut authors and their works...but what about the passions of my readers who aren't authors? I've decided to give you a chance to participate in an interview on the blog. We can talk for a few about what books you like to read, and your feelings about literacy...and then you can tell me and my readers about your Passion.

My first Interviewee is my big sister Dawn...because there has to be some perk to being harassed endlessly by me for almost 42 years. I truly am the bratty little sister. We were born 4 years and 2 days apart...are very different and yet oh so similar. I can tell her anything and she will love me anyway. So here's my first Reader Spotlight Interview 😄

Moi: I guess we should probably start with the beginning and work our way to the present. In my memories, we were surrounded by books growing up. Both of our parents were readers, and you always had a book with you. What were your favorite books as a kid? Did our parents reading habits rub off on you? Did I ever destroy any of your cherished books, and are you still pissed at me over it? LOL I remember being very envious of your books with Cinderella and other stories in them.

Dawn: I loved books then and I love books now! Favorite books as a kid.... that's tough because I loved so many books. So interesting that you mentioned my books with Cinderella and assorted stories in it. I just asked my daughter, and she does still have those big hardcover books of mine. I also had a large set of individual Disney stories, which my daughter still has as well!  There's one of those Disney books, where Mickey and Pluto go into the haunted house. I loved that book! And Button Soup. By the time I reached those double digit ages, I was only reading adult books and well into a lifetime of horror books. The first in that category was The Exorcist and Amityville Horror. I cannot remember how I was able to check those books out of the library at the age of 9, but somehow I did. I remember reading them in bed, often by flashlight so Mom wouldn't know. She had to approve my adult books and she would never have approved of either of those at that age!  By Junior High, I was reading horror. My first Stephen King read was Christine. And I fell in love with a vampire in a series by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. 

As a kid, I was definitely following in our Mothers footsteps, book genre wise. I had the blinders on and horror was my genre. With an occasional romance book thrown to mix it up a bit. That is Grandma Jean all the way! As an adult, I have ventured into the spy and espionage books that Dad loves so much. 

I think I would remember something as traumatic as the ruination of a favorite book, so never ruined any of my books. And at this time, the only books I can remember us reading together were our Winnie the Pooh books. You were a great little sister and I can't imagine you ruining books...ever!

Moi: And you were a great big sister. You were always letting me read your books. I think I just liked being around you, and your room was infinitely more fun than mine.

What type of books do you like to read now? I know you mentioned spy and espionage books. Do you ever read more than one book at a time? I usually have one nonfiction and one fiction book going at all times. I know that you read to Mom out loud now...usually Stephen King right? (Our mom has troubles reading her beloved books, so my favorite sister helps her out.) OOH, and have you ever been involved in a book club? I write about them a lot because I'm convinced everyone needs to be in a good book club...but I don't think I've ever heard you mention one before. 

Dawn: Thank you!
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I read a more eclectic mix of books these days, though never venture too far from my favorite authors and genres. I am ever faithful to Stephen King and Anne Rice, but now add in classic literature, historical fiction, those spy and espionage books I mentioned before, sci-fi fantasy on the Game of Thrones vein, whatever genre you put Outlander in. In non-fiction, I tend towards books on ancient religions and cultures as well as shamanism, interspirituality, interfaith resources, dream work, palmistry (hard to find a good palmistry book these days!), nature religions, Goddess, with the occasional memoir and womens self-help/empowerment/spirituality book. I am always open to exploring new books that you or my best friend Jayce recommend. You both know me well enough for me to trust I will love whatever you read and think screams Dawn. 

I often have a non-fiction and a fiction book going at the same time. I never read more than one fiction book at a time though. I am a full immersion reader and if I must be in our world as well as the book world, those two are enough worlds for me at one time!  Since I moved down here to Louisiana with Mom, I have been reading aloud to her, primarily Stephen King books that have been published since she stopped reading. We started working our way through The Dark Tower series primarily to prepare for the upcoming movie. That series is my absolute favorite..both of Stephen King books and of books overall.  Mom had read the first three when they were originally published but that has been a great many years, so we started at book one and worked our way through. It was so great to take that epic journey with her, where we now share words, phrases, and concepts that seem to come up every day in general conversation. And I loved reading aloud and expressing the personalities of the characters through my voice! So fun!  Her and I are now working through the Mr. Mercedes trilogy by Stephen King. We are on the second book, Finders Keepers. 

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I have never been involved in a book club. I have thought about it and looked into them for many years but never seemed to find one that read books in genres I was interested in reading. When I met my best friend, Jayce, I was overjoyed to learn he is a voracious reader as well, and was open to both exploring my favorite books and sharing his with me. He is to thank for my exploration of classic literature!  I can now discuss my annoyance at D H Lawrence and my love of Wilkie Collins. (and I just read To Kill a Mockingbird. Yes, I know...)  I don't know why I never thought about starting my own book club. I think I was always under the assumption that no one else would want to read what I was reading. 

Moi: You should start your own!! It's what I do now! LOL I spent a lot of years not thinking that was an option either, but now I figure life's too short. 

Okay best big sister in the whole wide world, we're going to get away from the books for this last section. A big part of why I wanted to start a Reader Spotlight feature on the blog was because in addition to having a passion for books, I also feel quite passionately about supporting other women in their pursuits. I feel like we should be raising each other up, and being each other's biggest cheerleaders...and that's not always the case. I want to help other women get the word out about their Passions. 

You have a few Passions that I'd love for you to share with the Tomes and Tequila Community!! Tell us a little about them. 

 Dawn Welburn

Dawn: I am on a lifetime journey to know myself better, to know God/dess deeper, and express all of that as fully as possible through my hands, my voice and my words.  I am currently deepening my journey through an Interfaith Seminary program at One Spirit Interfaith Alliance in NYC, with deeper spiritual self work and the study of major world religions.  My Passions are how I am (hopefully!) expressing myself and God/dess in my journey. 

One of those Passions is creating jewelry. I have been creating jewelry for around 15 years now.  I have always felt a deep connection to the earth, to nature and the healing and sacredness of them. I love the energy of stones and crystals, the feel of them in my hands as I ask how they wish to be expressed and worn. Its a multi sensory process to create a piece of jewelry. My intention is to listen and create something that is both beautiful to the eyes and body, and healing to the whole self at the same time. I have always loved rocks and this is definitely the evolution of that love!  I hope to dive deeper into this work and expand...well, in whatever directions inspiration and God/dess lead me.  You can see my work on my Etsy site at

Another of my Passions is Touch. About 20 years ago, I was part of a spiritual group where we met to explore different facets of metaphysics from crystal healing to past life regressions, channeling to energy healing modalities. It was here that I realized I wanted to facilitate healing through touch. It took me a very long time and significant self work to get from that group to a Massage Therapy program. During my two years of massage therapy study, my insight into the power of touch and how deeply it was transforming and reawakening me, increased my passion for this healing modality and my expression of it. I love this work and I love talking to people about the multiple levels on which this touch healing modality can assist in healing and life transformation. I am currently a Licensed Massage Therapist in both New York (#27 025007) and Louisiana (#LA8410). You can read more about my passion and work at

 Dawn Welburn Jewelry on Etsy
Carmelian and Rosewood Necklace on Etsy
Moi: I feel like this would be where I would normally insert some joke about my big sister dancing naked under the moonlight in some field somewhere after hugging a beautiful tree, right after a sentence referencing Oregon and Birkenstocks...but the truth is I love that you feel so passionately about these things. They are what makes And I wouldn't have you any other way, lady!! 

One last thing before we go. You and I are sitting together, BSing about Outlander over some lovely libations...what are we drinking?? 

Dawn: Hahahaha....I am certain that you've been making such jokes for most of my life...and I always love that imagery of me! Thank you for loving ME 

If we are BSing about Outlander, then we must be drinking... Scotch whisky (not american whiskey)!

So there you first Reader intro to my big sis Dawn, in all of her mystical Stephen King Loving Glory. 😊 I know this is a slight deviation from the regular book blog fare, but I'd started thinking that when most people want Author interviews...I think about reader interviews. It's not that I don't want to hear from the Authors. I very much do. But I love people. And I really just like the idea of occasionally throwing something different in the mix. Let me know what you think in the comments here or over on my Facebook page

1 comment:

  1. Didnt someone once say something along the line of "I have come to know many people in my life, yet the one I know the least is myself"