Author Archives: Dawn Essegian Lajeunesse

About Dawn Essegian Lajeunesse

I, like so many others, am a novelist struggling for recognition. My newest novel, THE EYES HAVE IT, is available on Amazon in Kindle version. My other novels, IN HER MOTHER'S SHOES and STAR CATCHING, also are available in e-book format through Amazon and other formats by request here or on my website. AUTUMN COLORS was my first novel and is still available through Amazon and B&N in multiple formats. My early writings are women's fiction, also suitable for YA. My work-in-progress is a historical fiction. Come visit me at my website: www.dawnlajeunesse.com.

HUMAN STRENGTH

I’ve written very little of my historical fiction about Armenians so far. I’ve spent the past 18 months immersed in research. Since I’ve not written historical fiction before, part of my research has included reading several historical fictions that have … Continue reading

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BIRTH OF AN ARMENIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY

Beginning in the late nineteenth century and continuing into the first three decades of the twentieth century, a community of Protestant Armenians left the horrific persecutions of Armenian Christians in Turkey and arrived and thrived in the city of Troy, … Continue reading

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Ha’/ee yern – I AM ARMENIAN

A generation before the Holocaust, there was the Armenian genocide. Never heard of it? You’re not alone. According to a display at the Armenian Museum in Watertown, MA, Hitler, discussing his plans to annihilate Poles and Jews, soothed his inner … Continue reading

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THE THIRTY-YEAR GENOCIDE

I feel like I just struck gold in the research for my historical fiction! I have amassed so many articles and books and photos and interviews. Still, I felt my mental picture of the time frame when Armenians were subjected … Continue reading

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BIRTH OF AN ARMENIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY

I grew up in a community of Armenians. Every block within a 4-5 block diameter contained multiple Armenian families, and at the center of it was the church. The groundbreaking for the first church was celebrated by the entire congregation. … Continue reading

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ARMENIAN HISTORY AND FOOD

I don’t usually do book reviews on this site. However, in my research for my eventual historical fiction about Armenians and their immigration to America during and following the 1915 genocide in Turkey, I came across a marvelous book that … Continue reading

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ARMENIAN FAIRYTALES

Shnor-ha-vor (soorp) dzu-noont!  Merry Christmas! During a visit with one of the Armenian women who was kind enough to let me interview her for my historical fiction, she shared a delightful find with me (actually, a few delightful finds, but … Continue reading

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HOW LONG IS TOO LONG FOR HISTORICAL FICTION?

This stained glass window photo is from the church I attended as a child and remained a member until it closed in 2011. Revisiting the church a little over a year ago started me on this journey–to write about the … Continue reading

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ARMENIA 100+ YEARS AGO

PA-REV-NER! GREETINGS! It’s a literary gift of gold! Thanks to my friend Roger, I learned of this resource for understanding life in Armenia prior to the 1915 genocide. I have only just begun my study of what it offers. The … Continue reading

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NETGALLEY FEATURES THE EYES HAVE IT!

I’m thrilled to announce that my novel, THE EYES HAVE IT,  is a themed-week feature book in the Romance category on NetGalley from 11/11/19-11/17/19! If you are unfamiliar with NetGalley, it is a site where book reviewers and other professional readers … Continue reading

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