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Interview: Pauline Hawkins, Author of Ashes Ashes the Twins Fall Down: Twin Towers, 9/11

Pauline L. Hawkins was born in the Munson Army Hospital at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on none other than Easter Sunday. Ms. Hawkins has been in the health insurance industry for almost 30 years, working her way up from the mailroom to corporate management and claims payment.

Ms. Hawkins received her Instructional Design certification in 2002, which allows her to create instructor-led and learner-paced training curricula, along with computer-based learning activities and website creation.

Ms. Hawkins has enjoyed writing since she was in high school, and has decided to begin sharing her stories with the world. Ashes Ashes the Twins Fall Down is her debut book.

Readers can learn more about Pauline Hawkins by visiting the following links:

Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Amazon Author Page ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Publisher Page

Could you please tell us a bit about your book? The story? The characters?

Ashes Ashes The Twins Fall Down is a look at the events of 9/11 from both a personal perspective and an informational perspective. I’ve shared my experience of 9/11, its repercussions on my family, my job, and how I viewed the world. The book is a story of coping with the news, reframing how I thought about America and the world, and making a conscious decision to become better-informed. I’ve tried to provide a thought-provoking context for the events of 9/11, personal stories, and hardcore facts that not everyone may be aware of.

How did you come up with the title and how much say did you have on the cover design?

I had a hard time trying to come up with a title that I felt was suitable. I thought about titling it, Do You Remember? or Where Were You?, and a few other titles but then one day Ashes Ashes The Twins Fall Down came to me and that was it. I knew that was the right title for this book.

I had complete say-so over the cover design and actually the book’s final cover was not its first cover. Originally the cover color was blue and done like you would be looking at the burning smoking Twin Towers through a window. I thought it was a nice cover but the illustrators at Outskirts Press put together what they thought the cover should look like and everyone I showed it to loved it. I was afraid it might be too ominous but everyone who sees the cover expresses how much they like it.

Do you have a favorite line or excerpt that you would like to share from your book?

Yes I do, it’s from the final chapter of the book:

“Where Were You on 9/11?”

“That question has become part of the fabric of our lives as Americans. On 9/11 when the first plane hit, I was driving to work. On that bright sunny day, none of us had any idea what was in store and how it would change our lives. New York City firefighters, police, and other first responders dropped what they were doing, kissed their wives and children goodbye, and headed for Ground Zero. They did this without question and without thought for their safety, not knowing that many of them would never see their families again. These men and women had taken a pledge to protect their city and their fellow man, and for them this was more than just a job; it was who they were. They gave of themselves, and in some cases gave their lives, selflessly and without question.

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