Misty Austin

Dawn Brotherton writing as Misty Austin

While on Active Duty for the Air Force, Dawn felt it wasn’t wise to publish a steamy romance novel under her name. Now officially retired from the military, Misty Austin is showing her true identity as Dawn Brotherton.

When asked about writing under a pseudonym, Dawn explained that it didn't feel right because she felt she couldn't talk about her alter ego. She was unable to share her success when her book was recognized as a Bronze winner for Romance novels. Looking back, she wouldn't do it differently though. "I didn't want people that worked for me to see that soft side of me. I was a colonel in the Air Force and had a very stern reputation. It served me well."

She won an award for her first romance book, Worth the Wait.