Hailing from the North of England, Donna is a nomad at heart moving houses and continents more times than she cares to recall. She once worked at a school like the one described in her Pretty Trilogy, but alas, there were no handsome male protagonists hanging around there.
An Eclectic reader and part-time perv, she’s a huge fan of smart men, as well as protagonists with a fair measure of inappropriateness.
What inspires you to write?
Many, many moons ago my high school English teacher held up one of my essays to a senior class as an example of excellence. I was made up. Chuffed. Cock-a-hoop. It was a story about Love and loss. Death and redemption. Getting to heaven and finding that God looked wore a shell suit. And Adidas running shoes.
Sadly, I never made those dizzy heights again, but later became an author of lists, because if it’s not on a list, it didn’t or won’t happen. Then came fantastical notes to my children’s teachers as to why they were (often) late for school. And finally, I became an author of emails to friends and family while I spent time as part of a travelling circus. Sorry, I mean a trailing spouse. The recipients of those emails said my words were funny (ha-ha, not strange) and said, ‘Oooh, you should write a book.’
That was my initial inspiration; encouragement, though perhaps I didn’t write the kind of books my friends thought I should.
I’m also a massive reader and have been since I was a small child; books have always been my escape into other worlds and lives, and hearing similar from readers who tell me this is what my books bring to them, well, who wouldn’t be inspired by that?
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a panster. I sit down – anywhere – I place my fingers on my keyboard and I write. That’s it. That’s the hard part: getting your bum on a seat and beginning.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Nope. I talk to my dog. My characters talk to each other, they don’t talk to me.
What advice would you give other writers?
See writing process above. Thoughts in head, bum on seat, fingers on a keyboard.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I began writing, a publisher expressed an interest in my manuscript. I was flattered and very excited, then later dejected . . . and I hadn’t the heart to try attempt the traditional route again. Self publishing was a way for me to become involved instantly, and while I’m very much still at the bottom of a very steep learning curve, I’d recommend the experience.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I have enough trouble thinking about next week.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Erotic Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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