Donna Zadunajsky Malacina was born and raised in Bristolville, Ohio. She is 41 years old and resides in Homer Glen, Illinois. Ever since she was a teenager, she had an interest and a dream to write books. Six years ago that dream came true. She has written seven children’s books that are about her daughter and all the adventures that she has done in her young life. They are currently on the Barnes and Noble and Amazon website and at www.littletscorner.com, available in eBook and paperback.
She spends her time writing short stories as well as novels. She published her first novel, “Broken Promises,” June 2012, which is based on her life with an alcoholic and has currently finished her second novel “Not Forgotten” in May 2013, which is fiction and deals with some aspects of her life.
Besides writing, she enjoys spending time with her twelve-year-old daughter and her husband, their two dogs and two cats. She enjoys collecting Elvis Presley memorabilia, reading, working on crafts, and gardening. She graduated from The Institute of Children’s Literature.
What inspires you to write?
What inspires me to write, my daughter and husband. Though as a teenager, I always had dreams of being a writer and finally after living thirty-seven years, my dream came true.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write about some of things that have happened in my life and in other people’s life. I get an idea and branch off of that and let my mind come up with the rest. If I am away from my writing for a couple of days, I think about what I wrote last and let things come to me and write them down for when I can go back to writing. I wish I could write everyday, but sometimes life gets in the way, but I am always thinking my stories.
I like to sit and write down character names and things about them before writing. I get a plot in my head and write that down. If there are things in my book that need researched, I do tons of research before even beginning to write.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters and oh, yes I definitely talk to them or do they talk to me. Sometimes when I’m writing my characters, they tend to do the opposite of what I wanted them to do and it’s actually turns out better, but not always because then the story changes. Sometimes I have to go back because their idea was better then mine and change things around.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up on your dreams. Start a book or story and write until you finish it. Sometimes that is easier said then done, but you have to stop making excuses for yourself and sit and write.
I was writing two novels and set them aside, mostly because I would tell myself that they weren’t any good. I went to a local Author event and an Author told me to pick one and just finish it no matter what. So I did and published it after of course it was edited and started back on the other novel I had set aside and now they are both published and I am working on my third novel.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I originally wanted traditional publishing, but I didn’t want to wait years to get my book/books published and get all those rejection letters that came with them. So, after talking to my husband, I decided to self-published my books.
It all depends on what you want to do. If you can self-publish and can afford all the marketing you have to do, then by all means self-publish. If you choose traditional publishing, you will have to wait for someone to like your story and go from there, though I don’t really have much experience in the traditional publishing area.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think more and more books will be eBooks and more people will go to self-publishing because one, it is easier and faster to get your book out there for people to read. But by all means make sure you spend the money on a good edit and proofread.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print