About Me

I’m glad you’re here.

Many authors today are independent publishers. In my case, I’m the author/publisher/box packer/shipper/stand-in-line-at-the-post office gal.

When you see my books on Amazon or other sites, I receive the purchase order from the store and I ship the books to those sites, or directly to the buyer.

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Dawn Ireland is the author of the following independently published books:

  • The Puppy Baby Book
    • A fill-in-the-blanks baby book for anyone who adopts a puppy — just like an infant baby book!
    • IPPY Finalist
    • Hardcover book
    • Soon to be a Web App book!
  • Mastering Your Money
    • New England Book Festival eBook WINNER!
  • Hot Chocolate, book 1 of the Alcott Family Adventures
    • Readers’ Favorite Finalist 8-2015
    • Amazon Best Seller 2012-13
  • Bitter Chocolate, book 2 of the Alcott Family Adventures

It was a dark and stormy night… The vampires, wolves, witches, dead, undead, fairies, elves, aliens, other-dimensional beings, and everybody else from the preternatural or other-than-humankind type, were at the pub drinking and laughing about all the humans and their wild tales that were so far off…

High Road or Low Road?

Some facts about the author

She’s been writing stories since attending summer camp around the age of seven. To date she has written six novels (two contemporary mysteries and four science fiction), 15 screenplays (comedies, dramas, one supernatural/horror, action adventure and science fiction) and three short scripts.

Dawn is the CEO of Artistic Origins Inc, a 100% woman-owned independent publisher and technical writing service company that has been doing business since 1995. Projects are on time and within budget.

She has been a technical writer since pencils were invented. Dawn has worked with the following companies creating procedures, user guides, software, repair, operating, maintenance/service manuals, PowerPoint slide shows, training and marketing materials:

  • Compaq Computer
  • HP
  • Waste Management
  • British Petroleum (BP)
  • Shell International Exploration and Production
  • S & B Engineering and Construction
  • Gas Turbine Maintenance LLC
  • Ruggles Green
  • Lonestar WinDebt

Her day job as an award-winning technical writer has played a major role in her fiction writing – she is detailed oriented and outlines like a fiend.

The Puppy Baby Book was a finalist in the 2001 Independent Publishers (IPPY) Book Awards Competition, Mastering Your Money won the New England Book Festival’s ebook category 12/2008, and she had two screenplays optioned.

Her area of expertise includes project management, training and development, coaching, and marketing.

Novels
Hot Chocolate ~ Book 1 of the Alcott Family Adventures – Readers’ Favorite (9/2015), Amazon Best Seller (2012-13)
Bitter Chocolate ~ Book 2 of the Alcott Family Adventures
The Last Dog ~ Futuristic (in rewrite phase)
Prophecy of Thol ~ (Sci-fi)/fantasy (in rewrite phase)
Forced Dreams ~ (Sci-fi)
The Glow ~ (Sci-fi)
Audio Books:
Hot Chocolate ~ AudioFile Earphones Award with narrator Kelley Hazen ~ 2/14

Bitter Chocolate ~ AudioFile Earphones Award with narrator Kelley Hazen ~3/15

Screenplays:

The Crowd (Psychological horror)

  • Finalist ~ Reel Writers Script Competition, 9/2015
  • Semifinalist ~ Screencraft Horror Competition, 8/2015

Memoirs of a Dog (Family animation script)

  • Winner of the Spirit Award for Kids ~ Moondance Int’l Film Festival 2011
  • Official Selection List ~ Kids First Film Festival 2011
  • Official Selection List ~ International Family Film Festival 2011
  • Advanced to 2nd Round of the 2011 International Screenwriting Page Awards 2011
  • Family Film Runner-Up / Woods Hole Film Festival 2010 Screenwriting Contest

A Girl and Her Dog (Family comedy)

  • Optioned by Shadow Cave 2-2013 (unproduced, available again)
  • Awarded a KIDS FIRST! Endorsement by Coalition for Quality Children’s Media 2012
  • Finalist ~ Worldfest Int’l Film Festival Script Competition 2005
  • Semi-finalist ~ The Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition,2003

Plan B (Very dark comedy)

  • Top 50 Screenplays in the Underground Exposure competition 5/2010
  • Finalist ~ Table Read My Screenplay competition 4/2010
  • Semi-Finalist ~ Chesterfield Film Co. Competition

Melody (Drama)

  • 3rd Runner Up ~ Greenlight Entertainment, 12/2003
  • Finalist ~ Worldfest Int’l Film Festival Script Competition 2005
Screenplays:
  • Semi-finalist ~ The Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition 2003

Prophecy of Thol (Science fiction/creature feature)

  • Second Round ~ Austin Film Festival, (1998)

Standing Dead (Tragedy/drama)

  • Finalist ~ Worldfest Int’l Film Festival Script Competition 2005
  • Winner ~ WIFT/Houston Reel Dialogues Screenwriting Competition 12/99

Breezy Meadows (Drama)

  • Second Round ~ Austin Film Festival, (1998)

The Dishwasher (Comedy)

  • Guilded Quill Award

Block Captain (Action comedy)

  • Optioned 2009 (unproduced, available again)
Forced Dreams ~ (Sci-fi)
Deadly Traits (The Rose Vendetta) ~ Crime/drama
Deception and Desire ~ (Drama) – Work for Hire/unproduced
Rivals ~ (Comedy)
40 Days ~ (Sci-fi)/animation short
The Challenge ~ (Sci-fi)/animation short
Wasted Time ~ (Spoof-short)
The God Child ~ (Action-adventure)
The Brownstone ~ (Comedy)
Affiliations
Women in Film & Television, Houston ~ Benefactor, member
Lajoda LLC / Lajoda Entertainment ~ Partner
Artistic Origins Inc ~ (Head Dog)

Aunt Ora

Ora Daigle Nichols
Radio Sound Effects

One of my inspirations as a professional writer and business woman is my Great Aunt Ora. Here’s a fun tidbit of information about an extraordinary woman that shaped radio and the way we watch movies.

Aunt Ora Daigle Nichols was the first and only woman sound effects engineer. In the early 1900’s she worked on radio sensations such as, War of the Worlds and Buck Rogers.

CBS: New York: First lady of sound effects. The March of Time, Mercury Theater, Roses and Drums (1932), 45 minutes in Hollywood, Buck Rogers in the Twenty-Fifth Century, Stoopnagle, and War of the Worlds.

My cousin Jeff found more information and pictures of Great Aunt Ora. Check it out here:  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?pa

Phone: 713-256-5412
Fax: 713-256-5412
Artistic Origins Inc, P.O. Box 841748
Pearland, TX 77584
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