Donna White Glaser is the author of THE ENEMY WE KNOW and THE ONE WE KNOW. Like her main character, Donna is a psychotherapist and lives northwestern Wisconsin. As if that weren’t enough, she and her husband own a residential construction company where it’s Donna’s job to deal with any overly emotional, what-do-you-mean-you-can’t-put-roof-trusses-up-in-a-thunderstorm? clients. Strangely enough, she often comes up with ideas for creative murders and hiding bodies during business hours. Currently she is at work on the third Letty Whittaker 12 Step Mystery-THE SECRETS WE KEEP. Donna would love to hear from you via her website at www.donnawhiteglaser.com or on Twitter: @readdonnaglaser.
What inspires you to write?
My favorite genre is mystery/suspense, and I enjoy writing it as much as reading. Reading is easier, though. For me, the same elements that create a good mystery read are what keep me hooked on writing them. Namely, following the twists and turns the plot takes, getting to know the characters, seeing a new world, and participating in a world where justice prevails.
Tell us about your writing process
I use what I call a “hybrid-outline” process. I take an idea and play What If with it for a while and I get to know the main character. I usually don’t have any idea of the ending, but during the What If exercise, I’ll generally see several scenes that might make their way into the book. Those scenes are like stepping stones for me.
I rarely need to outline the beginning, because it’s fresh and fun, and relatively simple: introduce the main character and give her a problem that she’ll have to solve. Once I get to the saggy middle, I find that outlining 3-6 chapters ahead keeps me motivated and also keeps the material fresh and flexible.
Then, I just keep writing until it’s done.
The big work, for me, is in the revisions process, which can sometimes take as long as the writing. I like to use a screenwriting technique from Blake Snyder’s “Save The Cat.” (Great resource!)
Last, I send the manuscript through beta readers and hire a professional editor to clean up my grammar. I’m comma-disordered.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’m more voyeuristic, I think. I watch them. I play the scenes out in my head like a movie unfolding. I haven’t had too many direct interactions with my characters, which is good, because as a psychotherapist, talking to my imaginary friends can be worrisome.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had great encouragement about my writing, including finaling in a St. Martin’s/Malice Domestic contest. I’d worked with two agents (on two different books) and came close to publishing with a “Big 6″ publisher. Ultimately, the series just didn’t get picked up, and I wasn’t ready to through them in the trash. At that time, I’d been hearing about the early wave of self-publishers and decided I had nothing to lose, and readers to gain. So, I researched and studied the process carefully and self-published when I felt ready. I don’t regret it at all. In fact, I feel lucky to have not been picked up by a publisher given the current tumultuous climate.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing is always bright. We’re gaining more and more readers, those readers are reading more widely, and they’re beginning to read at a younger age. There will always be print books. There will always be commercial publishers. And, now, there will always be indie writers. I think we’ll see more writers choosing a multi-distribution path, one that includes commercial and indie-publishing. We have options, and they all have a solid place in the grand scheme of life.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print