Donna White Glaser is the author of The Letty Whittaker 12 Step Mystery series. 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 fourth Letty Whittaker 12 Step Mystery-THE BLOOD WE SPILL. Donna would love to hear from you via her website at www.donnawhiteglaser.com or on Twitter: @readdonnaglaser.
What inspires you to write?
Like all writers, I have to write. If I’m not plotting murders on paper, bad things can happen. (Don’t ask.) Writing, like reading, lets me go to other places, meet other people, be someone else. Writing lets me escape.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’ve got a family and a day job, so my writing is tucked into the edges of those. I’ve written in McDonald’s playland areas, in the car outside of karate dojos, on a lumpy couch outside of ballet practice, and during any spare moment at work. I’m lucky, however, to have one day of the week when the kids are at school where I can sit at my own desk and concentrate. Usually by then, I’m so tired I end up zoning out on FB and playing solitaire.
As far as the process, I’m an outliner. I did write my very first book as a pantser, but mainly because I couldn’t believe I was actually doing it rather than dreaming about it. I prefer to write in Scrivener and I love the way that software lets me break things down. However, since I do a lot of on-the-fly writing, I also use a Neo, because it’s super light and a dedicated-to-writing machine.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t listen to them. They’ve given horrendously bad advice in the past.
They don’t listen to me, because they’re pig-headed.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read. Then, write. Then, read some more. Keep writing. Rinse and repeat.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’d had two agents and several close calls with a couple publishing houses, but my series never got picked up. It was during the early days of KDP and I was a Konrath blog reader. I decided my choice was to come up with a new character/series and keep beating on the closed doors of trad publishing, or go all in with my Letty Whittaker 12 Step mystery series. I took the leap and never looked back.
Self publishing is a good fit for me. I approach it as a business situation. I hire out for tasks I’m weak in (book design, proofreading/editing) and learned those I thought I could perform efficiently (marketing, formatting).
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Who knows? It’s a wide open field.
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