Pennick, Nancy: Waiting for Dusk

Waiting for Dusk

by Nancy Pennick



Read a book.

Fall asleep.

Meet a boy.

Is it real or just a dream?

Katie’s everyday life suddenly turns exciting when she travels back in time and meets the boy of her dreams. Thinking of nothing else, willing to leave the real world behind, she’s determined to find out if it’s all a dream or not. Returning again and again, Katie almost has her answers until one day her precious book goes missing.

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At that moment, there was a tap at the window. The girls grew quiet and all turned toward the window. It was nearing dusk and hard to see.

“Probably some creature,” Ruthie said casually.

Then there was a tap, tap, tapping sound again.

“Unless it knows how to make a rhythmic tapping sound, I don’t think it’s an animal. I’m going out there to see,” said Katie.

“Not a good idea!” Lucinda shouted after her.

By then Katie was down the hall and out the door. The warm night air hit her face. It felt good to get out of Lucinda’s room. It was closing in on her, especially after the strange attack on Anna.

Katie was deep in thought, when she heard a sound. A footstep? She spun around to see Drew standing there. “Oh, I didn’t mean to startle you, Miss Kathryn. You did say you were staying at the boardinghouse and I thought I’d come to see if you are comfortable. If you have everything you need.”

That’s a good line, Katie thought. He was so handsome in the moonlight she could have stayed in that spot forever. Drew walked over to her. “I have never seen anyone as beautiful as you.”

“Lights out!” Mrs. Johansson called in the distance.

Katie couldn’t help it. It was her dream after all. She fell into Drew’s arms and kissed him. He kissed her back. They seemed to melt into each other as one. Right then and there Katie wished that it was not a dream and that it would never end.

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It is my pleasure to feature Nancy Pennick, author of Waiting for Dusk to Room With Books.

Please tell us about Waiting for Dusk and what inspired you to write it?

Waiting for Dusk is the first of my young adult series. Each book follows a year of Katie Robert’s life. She is a sixteen year old girl in this book…a little bored, somewhat naïve and needing to find herself. After reading a book her mom gives her, a dream transports her back in time. She ends up having a great summer. If she could choose, she’d live in 1927 instead of her present world. Suddenly her book goes missing and her world crashes around her. How does she return to the past without the book? Katie has come to realize the book has something to do with these dreams…or are they dreams after all?

A trip to the Grand Canyon, watching a documentary and reading young adult novels came together as a catalyst to write this book. I loved to write but never dreamed of writing a novel. It literally happened over night. The story came to mind while watching a documentary on National parks. It just wouldn’t leave my head until I got it on paper.

When you start writing a new novel, do you outline the story or do your characters dictate what will happen?

As I mentioned above, it starts in my head! I keep track of everything there, if you can believe it. Of course the characters have a say in the matter. Erin, the cheerleader in Waiting for Dusk, was going to be a bit part. She had other ideas. She wanted me to make her Tyson’s girlfriend. She had to have him.

Do you ever have arguments with your characters and who usually wins?

Yes, of course. That’s the fun of writing. I’m a lenient mother. I usually let them have their way if their argument is good. I do try to stick to the main idea of the story. Twists and turns are the best part when you write. It’s worth going back into the story and tearing things apart when a great idea pops up.

What is something about you your readers would be surprised to know?

At one time I was an avid doll collector. Now I’m trying to sell most of them!

If you could write with any other author who would it be any why?

Hands down…Beverly Cleary, the children’s author. She wrote the Ramona series, full of so many wonderful characters. I read her as a child and introduced her to my second and third grade students. She is so good at capturing life and the feelings of children. She can make you laugh and bring you to tears.

When you were little what did you dream of becoming when you grew up and why?

By the time I was in third grade, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. That never changed and I enjoyed teaching for thirty years. I always loved children and finding creative ways to help them learn. Now I’ve begun my second career as a writer. When I was in school, I used to type up short stories and hide them away in a desk drawer. It would be fun to see them again.

When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?

I always wrote. I found an old calendar from when I was quite young and I had written what had happened that day under the date. Back in the day, I wrote what came to mind in journals and liked to write short stories. I didn’t have that one moment when I said I wanted to be a writer. I just wrote. It seemed natural.

What music inspires your writing?

Different music for different books. I listened to a lot Taylor Swift when I wrote Waiting for Dusk. It seemed to fit the writing. Today was a Fairytale became my theme song as I wrote. David Cook’s Come Back to Me was Drew and Katie’s song. I like to listen to Adele, One Republic, The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy—the list could go on–as I think. I don’t listen to music when I write.

Fun Facts:
What is your favorite breakfast?
Pancakes with real maple syrup and bacon!
What is your favorite color? Blue may sound boring but I love all shades…aqua, teal, sky blue, turquoise.  Lavender is a close second.
What is your favorite movie? There are so many good movies. It’s hard to pinpoint one. There are classics like Gone with the Wind, to the Sci-Fi classic Star Wars. More recently I loved The Illusionist, The King’s Speech and the Leo DiCaprio’s The Great Gatsby.
What is your dream car? A mustang! Always wanted one since I was a teen. I would choose the Ford Shelby GT500. A modern interpretation of the Shelby Mustang of the 1960s. It would be dark blue with white racing stripes.

Thank you for taking this time with Room With Books and for letting me be part of your tour.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Author Pic 1Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Nancy currently resides in Mentor, Ohio with her husband and their college-age son, plus a delightfully entertaining lovebird. Her writing is influenced by all the years of working with young people as a teacher and raising her own son. When not writing, Nancy loves to travel with her husband and enjoys a good cup of tea. Waiting for Dusk is the first in her three book series. Call of the Canyon and Stealing Time continue the story of Kate and Drew.

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