Donna is a former IT professional who started writing fiction after retirement. Her preferred genre is small town mysteries with a dash of romance but she has also tackled children’s stories, fantasy and small town romance books. In addition, her short stories have been included in several anthologies. She currently lives with her husband and their two dogs, Cooper a Goldendoodle, and Murphy a Collie/Goldendoodle mix, splitting their time between living in their home in Tennessee and traveling in their 5th wheel trailer.
What inspires you to write?
My readers – they keep me writing and I hope I never disappoint them.
Tell us about your writing process.
Surprisingly, I am a seat of the pants writer. Being an extremely organized person in my professional life, I thought I'd be an outliner. I tried that and those three books are still unfinished. I participated in a Camp NaNoWriMo and a NaNoWriMo and discovered how much I loved pantsing my books. I also discovered I love working against a deadline!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I find myself day-dreaming about scenes and I always put myself in the main character's head during this time. If I can't make notes right away, I sometimes lose those thoughts. So now I am considering trying a digital recorder. Time will tell if that works for me in my chats with characters.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorites are Robert Heinlein (science fiction), Diana Gabaldon (historical time travel romance), Karen Marie Moning (urban fantasy), J. R. R. Tolkien (fantasy), and a host of current day mystery/suspense/thriller authors like James Patterson, Toby Neal, and Nick Russell.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I held no illusions about my writing. I'm not a great author, I'm a writer of easy reads. People either enjoy my style or not. And that's okay. I enjoy writing for those who enjoy reading what I write. So when the time came to publish, self-publishing was the best route for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The market is and will continue to be saturated with self-published books. Traditional publishing won't disappear, there are still many who prefer print books. I believe authors who write good books will continue to be successful but entering the market will get harder and harder.
What genres do you write?
Small town mysteries with a host of characters and a dash of romance
What formats are your books in?
All information is provided by the author and is presented as it was submitted so you the reader get to hear the author’s own “voice” in their interview.