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Dawn Ius
Dawn Ius has mentored Young Adult
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Dawn Ius
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DAWN IUS is a novelist, screenwriter, professional editor, and communications specialist. She is the author of three young adult novels published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster)—Anne & Henry, OVERDRIVE, and the forthcoming LIZZIE (Spring 2018). Dawn has also written 16 educational graphic novels for the Alberta Canola Producers’ Commission, and under the last name DALTON has published a young adult paranormal thriller co-written with Judith Graves (Leap Books), as well as two short stories.

A trained journalist, Dawn is the Deputy Editor of the e-magazine published by the International Thriller Writers, The Big Thrill. She is a book coach with Author Accelerator, and co-teaches the Lit Reactor course “Writing and Selling the Young Adult Novel” with her agent Mandy Hubbard, founder of Emerald City Literary Agency.

When she’s not slaying fictional monsters, you’ll find her geeking out over fairy tales, true love Jack Bauer, Halloween, sports cars, and all things that go bump in the night. Dawn lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Jeff, and their two giant breed dogs—an English Mastiff named Roarke, and Charley, the St. Bernard. Go big or go home, right?

Favorite Books
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Charlie & The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • ON WRITING: Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Years Mentored
2016, 2017
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