Author on the Couch: Nan Dixon, Second Session

Photo shoot 003 (2)Sometimes one session just isn’t enough!

This week on Author on the Couch I conduct a second session with,

Nan Dixon!

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~First things first, if you missed Nan Dixon’s first session you can take a quick look at it HERE.


Me: Have there been any big changes in your life since our last session—good or bad? Tell us about them.


Nan: There have been both good and bad changes in my life—but I’ll talk about the good. I now A Savannah Christmas Wish -- Coverhave a second granddaughter – with a third grandchild on the way. There is so much joy in being a grandmother. I just spent a week with my newest granddaughter who lives in Massachusetts. It was my daughter’s first week back to work. My mother did the same thing for me—so I feel like I’m passing on an important tradition. (And getting lots of snuggle time in!)


Me: What a wonderful tradition!

How did you know you wanted to be a writer?


Nan: I always dreamed of being on the stage. ☺ But by the time I’d been in over 50 productions and was just coming out of high school; I’d burned out. And I wasn’t the writer in the family; my mother and one of my sisters were.

But in high school we had to keep journals and my teacher complimented my writing. And in college, my freshman English teacher wanted me to publish a short creative writing piece I wrote about fairies.

So the writing idea was always there. Even as captain of my university golf team, I wrote a Captain’s Log – modeled after Star Trek! (Golf date etc!) So the spark was there waiting to be feed some fuel.

I finally began writing after my third child was born. Never did finish that middle grade book. But I did join my local RWA chapter for a time.


Me: How do you deal with rejection or bad reviews? What advice can you give others about how to handle rejection and bad reviews?


Nan: This is so apropos. I got a review last week that knocked me back—it wasn’t stellar, even though they still recommended the book. So I’m taking my own advice—take a few hours of grief time and then remind myself that writing is a very subjective art and if I can please 2 out of 3 people—I should be happy!


Me: What’s the secret to your success?


Nan: The secret isn’t really a secret. It’s knowing that success rarely comes immediately. You have to put in your 10,000 hours, get the rejection letters, enter contests and lose, and take the tough critiques to finally get published.

Tenacity is my secret.


Me: Nan–I love that answer. It feels so true to me. Tenacity is the key!

What do you collect? Why? What personal meaning does this item have for you?


Nan: Fun salt and pepper shakers! I can pick them up when I travel. They don’t take up much space in my suitcase, but I can remember the fun of the trip!


Me: Tell me a little bit about your Contemporary Romance novel THROUGH A MAGNOLIA FILTER.



9780373610006-1Home is where his heart is…but what about hers?


Family was always a foreign concept to Liam Delaney. Until research into one of his documentary films brings him to Savannah and Dolley Fitzgerald’s B and B. Dolley’s passion for life and photography is infectious. When she becomes his apprentice, they’re the perfect team in every way. He’s finally found the home he’s always wanted, and it’s all because of her.


The only problem is that his dream is of a home and family, while Dolley craves adventure. They may be at odds, but Liam knows they can make both of their dreams come true together. He just needs to convince her…



Me: Share your favorite paragraph with us.



“You can’t work 24/7,” Dolley said.


Liam blinked, then frowned.


“You work every waking hour, don’t you?” she asked, appalled.


“I…” he rubbed his head. “Sometimes it’s easier. I’m more comfortable working.”


“That has to change.” She spun in the chair, her knees touching his thigh. “Since you’re teaching me about photography, I’m going to teach you how to lighten up. You’re now my apprentice in the world of having fun.”




“I’ll teach you how to have fun.” She nodded. “You might even get assignments.”


“You wouldn’t.”


“Oh, yes, I would.” She grinned.

Dolley has dragged Liam to a Savannah pub. She’s extremely comfortable with people and groups, Liam would rather see the world behind the camera. Her goal during this scene is to get Liam to smile 5 times. It was fun seeing if I could get the hero to smile when he uncomfortable and out of his element. Since Liam has technical skills he’s teaching Dolley, I thought it would be nice to have something that Dolley could teach him so their power wasn’t so lopsided.








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23 comments to “Author on the Couch: Nan Dixon, Second Session”

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  1. bn100 - August 19, 2016 Reply

    never read this series

  2. Erika Kelly - August 19, 2016 Reply

    I couldn’t agree more with your secret–tenacity is the way to go!

    BTW, this is such a great column–I learned a lot about you–and discovered you’re a really interesting person!

    • Nan Dixon - August 19, 2016 Reply

      Thanks for stopping in Erika, and thanks for the kind words!

      Abbie column is pretty cool!

  3. Amy DeLuca/Amy Patrick - August 18, 2016 Reply

    Love the sound of this book and the excerpt! And Nan, your “secret” is the best! Enjoyed yet another Author on the Couch. 🙂

    • Nan Dixon - August 19, 2016 Reply

      Ahh Amy –
      I think all the Dreamweavers LIVE this secret!
      Thanks for stopping in!

  4. Pam Lowery - August 18, 2016 Reply

    Nan, I have LOVED these books! Love the collecting salt & pepper shakers, I collect too many things, Snow White memorabilia, butterflies, angels, mugs, strawberries, I have a collectible plate collection, but no place to put them! Also, I have enjoyed seeing pics of the grandbabies, family is everything. Looking forward to reading Liam and Dtollie’s story, and really looking forward to Mate and Cheryl’s story, That’s the one I’m waiting on!!!

    • Nan Dixon - August 18, 2016 Reply

      Ooh Pamela, you are making my day! Thank you for stopping by! I love the sound of all your collectibles! The space to put things is a problem–isn’t it. Family is everything! I’m having fun with Nathan and Cheryl’s story – and the 5th book I will redeem Gray’s sister Courtney! That’s been fun!

  5. McCall Hoyle - August 18, 2016 Reply

    Love the post, Nan and Abbie. So agree on the 10, 000 rule. Lots and lots of research to back it up too. <3

    • Nan Dixon - August 18, 2016 Reply

      I wish the 10,000 hours wasn’t true – but it sure seems to be the case. Thank you for swinging over, McCall!

  6. Shelly Chalmers - August 18, 2016 Reply

    Hi Nan!
    Let’s see if third try is the charm and it let’s me comment…
    You’re so right: tenacity is definitely the key. And the challenge. 😉
    Collecting salt and pepper shakers sound like a great idea, especially when bringing them home from trips. I collect teapots. They are not at all practical to bring home from a trip (more like a nightmare.) That said, hasn’t stopped me. 😉

    • Nan Dixon - August 18, 2016 Reply

      Yes – but Shelly, your teapots are so, so special. I did bring back a gorgeous teapot from St Petersburg Russia when my daughter was dancing and training there. And I didn’t break it!! Thanks for stopping over!

  7. Jessica Ruddick - August 18, 2016 Reply

    Hey Nan! I collect shoes…does that count? 🙂

    • Nan Dixon - August 18, 2016 Reply

      Shoes count! My kids are appalled at how long I keep my shoes for! Thanks for stopping in!

  8. Lee Kilraine - August 18, 2016 Reply

    Totally agree tenacity is the key. Love the excerpt, Nan!

    • Nan Dixon - August 18, 2016 Reply

      Thanks for stopping over, Lee! And my word of the week is FIERCE!! (Trying to get copy edits done.)

  9. Nan Dixon - August 18, 2016 Reply

    Thanks for stopping over Laura – I have a few dust bunnies too! Sigh….

  10. Laura Trentham - August 18, 2016 Reply

    Great interview! I don’t think I collect anything but dust bunnies around here. Lol

  11. Sheri Humphreys - August 17, 2016 Reply

    Hi, Nan. I enjoyed your interview.
    I have a salt and pepper collection, too! Only I don’t collect them. I’m stuffed to the gills with them, even after doing a major downsize. I don’t accept them as gifts. But I just can’t stop myself buying them when they’re too cute not to! My fav set: the sailor and nurse kissing like the iconic photo.

    • Nan Dixon - August 18, 2016 Reply

      Sheri – thanks for stopping in! I love the sound of your sailor and nurse. So cool. I have my mom’s raggedy Anne and a teddy bear that I always pull out at Christmas. But I love the one’s with magnets that hook together.

  12. abbieroads - August 17, 2016 Reply


    Thanks for returning for 2nd session on my couch!

    • Nan Dixon - August 18, 2016 Reply

      Thanks for having me on the couch, Abbie! It’s always fun!

  13. Sandra Owens - August 17, 2016 Reply

    Loved the excerpt, Nan. The idea of teaching a workaholic man to have fun sounds like… well, fun! Congratulations on your new granddaughter.

    • Nan Dixon - August 18, 2016 Reply

      Thanks Sandra —
      It was kind of fun teaching him how to have fun! And the new grandbaby is so cuddly! And now Fluffy Top is going to have a brother or sister! I am blessed!

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