Donna Ison is an author, blogger, playwright and career voluptuary. She has published two novels, “The Miracle of Myrtle: Saint Gone Wild” and “Flirtini with Disaster: The Single Girl’s Guide to Self-Sabotage.” Recently, she left her job as the editor of skirt! magazine Lexington and moved to a local lake where she now lives full time on a pair of houseboats with her husband, two dogs, and two cats. Her next work, Bourbonista on a Boat: From Glamour Girl to Off the Grid, a collection of outrageous essays chronicling the experience, will be available in early 2014. She also serves as a playwright for Bluegrass Mystery Theatre and develops historical drama for museums nationwide including: The Eiteljorg Museum, Kentucky Historical Society, The Institute of Texan Cultures, The Hunt-Morgan House, Minnetrista Museum, Callahan Museum for the Blind, and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Donna is a founding member of The Sisters Provocateur performance troupe. When not writing, she tap dances on the dock; argues politics & religion; and makes sure the Bluegrass State keeps its bourbon up to par. To learn more, read her Bourbonista Blog (www.thebourbonista.com).
What inspires you to write?
The voices in my head. Characters just show up and demand that I tell their story. Once they have taken up residence, I have no choice but to let them speak. Writing also helps me process injustices and respond to situations through my characters that would get me arrested in real life.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am an outliner who uses multicolored note cards for character descriptions, timelines, plot twists. I arrange them all over the floor like a giant mosaic, then usually just end up throwing them up in the air. At the core, writing is about just sitting down and putting something on the page, every day, whether the Muse is with you or not.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Both. It’s definitely a dialogue.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write with abandon. Edit with an iron fist. Read great writers often. But most of all, take time to LIVE large so you’ll have interesting things and people to write about.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went with traditional publishing on my first book, and though it was a very positive experience, the control freak in me decided to go the self-publishing route from here on out. Soar or crash, it’s all on me, and I’m alright with that. But, if you self-publish, be prepared to do tons of research and take on the majority of the marketing. It requires a great deal of work, but also packs a big reward.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The sky is the limit.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print