Originally from the deep south, Donna Childree lives happily in the Midwest writing, making art, and enjoying family. The Wayward Gifted – Broken Point is Donna’s first novel, a project she co-authored with her son, Mike Hopper.
What inspires you to write?
I work with a writing partner, my adult son, Mike L. Hopper. We have several weekly lunch meetings where we talk about the story, the characters, and how things are going. We also take artist trips, choosing a museum, or even a a mall where we walk around and look for inspiration.
Tell us about your writing process.
Mike and I work from an outline that we write together on a stack of 4 x 6 cards. I also keep a private board on Pinterest where I pin items that help me move along.
After that we decide which parts of the outline each one of us will begin working on separately.
We share our files via DropBox and meet several times weekly for discussions. We write until we both love.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t know that I listen to, or talk with my characters. I do know that they become very real in my mind. I think about them and ask myself what they would do in this or that situation.
What advice would you give other writers?
I think the most important thing is to write what you love. Writing is a long, involved process. If you are not in love with your story, you’re in for a very uncomfortable time.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
We always knew that we wanted to self-publish. There used to be such a stigma attached to self-publishing but that is changing rapidly.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think this is the most wonderful time to be an author. We have opportunities today that didn’t exist a few years ago.
What do you use?
Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
YA, coming of age, adventure
What formats are your books in?
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