A local author inspires others with her story


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — “I love creating characters and inhabiting other people’s worlds, or I guess inventing other people’s worlds. I was someone who didn’t always understand people very well, so writing fiction made me gives the opportunity to get into other people’s heads and really think about what it’s like with that person,” says author Dawn Burns.

For Dawn Burns, she found solace between the pages.

“When I write, I let go of my ego and I’m usually guided by an image, an idea, a character voice, and then I act.”

The LaPorte County native has continued her career and travels across the United States to return home to Indiana. This is where his own story began to take pen to paper.

“The book started out with a single story called Evangelina praises Downtown Abbey, and it’s about a woman sitting next to her husband and can’t sleep so she starts praying, but after she exhausts prayers for her mother , his sister, she begins to pray to the characters of Downtown Abbey.

Burns has released her first ever book, Evangelina Everyday.

“You may be inside Evangelina’s spirit, emotion, and angst, but all the stories put together form an overarching arc.”

But what is most unique? Well, those stories tie into Burn’s upbringing here, Michiana. Evangelina is a woman from Elkhart. The Midwestern housewife lives in the woods away from nearby arid fields.

It’s a novel built from short stories, whether she’s thinking about teeth in Elkhart’s tooth brick, watching cockroaches, or thinking about Downtown Abbey. No matter how simple the thought, it reveals the inside of Evangelina’s thoughtless mind.

“The power of storytelling is that it goes beyond the boundaries, categories and divisions we create and has the potential to connect people and increase understanding and empathy.”

For Dawn, her return to Indiana sparked her passion. His passion for life here and the stories here, and even inspired his next book – showcasing the Midwestern sunrises that grace the world every morning.

“I love sunrises because they remind me of everything that happened the day before, the world is not over, I think everyone goes through periods in life where the world is going to end if that happens so for me it’s just a daily affirmation and it’s off to go out and be like the world isn’t over.

Learn information about Dawn here. Buy his book on Amazon here. Syracuse Open Mic Night information can be found here.


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