About Me

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Dawn Ireland is the author of the following independently published books:

  • The Puppy Baby Book
    • A fill-in-the-blanks baby book for anyone who adopts a puppy — just like an infant baby book!
    • IPPY Finalist
    • Hardcover book
    • Soon to be a Web App book!
  • Mastering Your Money
    • which she hopes to get into every high school and college across the country
    • New England Book Festival eBook WINNER!
  • Hot Chocolate, book 1 of the Alcott Family Adventures
    • Readers’ Favorite Finalist 8-2015
    • Amazon Best Seller 2012-13
  • Bitter Chocolate, book 2 of the Alcott Family Adventures

She’s been writing stories since attending summer camp around the age of seven. To date she has written six novels (two contemporary mysteries and four science fiction), 15 screenplays (comedies, dramas, one supernatural/horror, action adventure and science fiction) and three short scripts.

Dawn is the CEO of Artistic Origins Inc, a 100% woman-owned independent publisher and technical writing service company that has been doing business since 1995. Projects are on time and within budget.

She has been a technical writer since pencils were invented. Dawn has worked with the following companies creating procedures, user guides, software, repair, operating, maintenance/service manuals, PowerPoint slide shows, training and marketing materials:

  • Compaq Computer
  • HP
  • Waste Management
  • British Petroleum (BP)
  • Shell International Exploration and Production
  • S & B Engineering and Construction
  • Gas Turbine Maintenance LLC
  • Ruggles Green
  • Lonestar WinDebt

Her day job as an award-winning technical writer has played a major role in her fiction writing – she is detailed oriented and outlines like a fiend.

The Puppy Baby Book was a finalist in the 2001 Independent Publishers (IPPY) Book Awards Competition, Mastering Your Money won the New England Book Festival’s ebook category 12/2008, and she has optioned two screenplays.

Her area of expertise include project management, training and development, coaching, and marketing.

Body of Work

Novels
Hot Chocolate Book 1 of the Alcott Family Adventures – Readers’ Favorite (9/2015), Amazon Best Seller (2012-13)
Bitter Chocolate Book 2 of the Alcott Family Adventures
The Last Dog Futuristic (in rewrite phase)
The Reluctant Warrior Sci-fi/fantasy (in rewrite phase)
Forced Dreams Sci-fi
The Glow Sci-fi
Screenplays
The Prophecy of Thol (formerly Passage) Sci-fi/fantasy
Forced Dreams Sci-fi
Breezy Meadows Drama
The Dishwasher Comedy/farce
Deadly Traits (The Rose Vendetta) Crime/drama
Deception and Desire Drama – Work for Hire/unproduced
Plan B (formerly Renegade Family) Very Dark comedy
Rivals Comedy
Block Captain Action comedy – OPTIONED 9/2009 – available again
Melody Drama
A Girl and Her Dog (formerly Trash) Family comedy – OPTIONED 2/2013 by Shadow Cave
Standing Dead Drama
The Crowd Horror
Memoirs of a Dog Family/animation
40 Days Sci-fi/animation short In pre-production
The Challenge Sci-fi/animation short
Wasted Time Spoof-short
The God Child Action-adventure
The Brownstone Comedy

Screenplay competitons awards and mentions:

The Crowd

  • Finalist ~ Reel Writers Script Competition, 9/2015
  • Semifinalist ~ Screencraft Horror Competition, 8/2015

Memoirs of a Dog (family animation script)

  • Winner of the Spirit Award for Kids ~ Moondance Int’l Film Festival 2011
  • Official Selection List ~ Kids First Film Festival 2011
  • Official Selection List ~ International Family Film Festival 2011
  • Advanced to 2nd Round of the 2011 International Screenwriting Page Awards 2011
  • Family Film Runner-Up / Woods Hole Film Festival 2010 Screenwriting Contest

A Girl and Her Dog (Formerly titled Trash)

  • Optioned by Shadow Cave 2-2013)
  • Awarded a KIDS FIRST! Endorsement by Coalition for Quality Children’s Media 2012
  • Finalist ~ Worldfest Int’l Film Festival Script Competition 2005
  • Semi-finalist ~ The Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition,2003

Plan B (Very dark comedy)

  • Top 50 Screenplays in the Underground Exposure competition 5/2010
  • Finalist ~ Table Read My Screenplay competition 4/2010
  • Semi-Finalist ~ Chesterfield Film Co. Competition

Melody (drama)

  • 3rd Runner Up ~ Greenlight Entertainment, 12/2003
  • Finalist ~ Worldfest Int’l Film Festival Script Competition 2005
  • Semi-finalist ~ The Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition 2003

The Prophecy of Thol/Passage (science fiction/creature feature)

  • Second Round ~ Austin Film Festival, (1998)

Standing Dead (tradegy/drama)

  • Finalist ~ Worldfest Int’l Film Festival Script Competition 2005
  • Winner ~ WIFT/Houston Reel Dialogues Screenwriting Competition 12/99

Breezy Meadows (drama)

  • Second Round ~ Austin Film Festival, (1998)

The Dishwasher (comedy) (drama)

  • Guilded Quill Award

Block Captain (action comedy)

  • Optioned 2009 (unproduced, available again)

 

Affiliations
Women in Film & Television, Houston – Benefactor, member
Lajoda LLC / Lajoda Entertainment – Partner
Artistic Origins Inc – Head Dog