Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Meet: Dawn McKenna

Here I am again, later than I’d intended this morning, but back again with another update.  I’ve been busy writing – for The Gifted, as well as blog writing, and the short stories I’ve got on the go over at Becoming Dawn.  So I don’t have a lot of time to take with this update but I do have an introduction to make.  I’m very excited to introduce you all to another character (my leading lady) from The Gifted: Dawn McKenna.

This, like the introduction I gave you to Dylan many months ago, is just a sneak peak at her.  As I go along I’ll keep introducing you to more of the characters, but also I’ll give you more information about each of them, in bits and pieces… Something like a puzzle, all of the info you get will eventually go together to make them understandable.

So here she is…


She’s used to being in control. 

Since her own parent’s death several years ago, Dawn McKenna has been in charge of running ‘McKenna’s End,’ the ranch that her father and his own brother started together when they were young.  She has lots of help, advice and input, from her uncle and her cousins, as well as from the others who live on and work the ranch, but in many ways McKenna’s End became like her very own fiefdom.  But more than that, it became a safety net and a place to hide from the rest of the world.

When her cousin, Shayla O’Connor convinces her that they need to get away for a couple of months and explore ‘the world’ beyond southern Alberta, everyone at McKenna’s End pushes her to go.  And since she wanted to visit some of their extended family who lived in Europe anyways, Dawn finally agreed. 

Part way through Dawn finds out about the death of the Tallant’s parents and rushes home to attend the funeral.  And that’s when everything begins to change and she starts to realize that you can only ever control things to a certain point.  After that, you have let fate have its way.

To remain close to Tallants’ in the months after their loss, Dawn takes a position as a dance teacher at a Lethbridge studio.  Using the travel distance as an excuse, she moves from McKenna’s End (which is located at the base of the Rockies) to Dylan, Aidan and Winter’s house in Lethbridge.  But that’s exactly what it is, an excuse.  There is really a much better, much more important reason for her desire to move, especially her desire to move in with them.

Through it all she struggles with maintaining a balance between having control and not, with sharing herself but not sharing too much, and finding a way for everyone to be happy.

(Ah there’s that control issue again…)

[All characters and information is from The Gifted.  The Gifted is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are products of the authors imagination or are used fictitiously.  Any resemblence to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.]  
copyright 2010 Lacey Ferris

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