In honor of her release for "Torn Canvas" and with the help of Konstanz Silverbow, I got to interview Donna. This is a great opportunity, so thank you to both Donna and Konstanz for letting me do this and your time, Here's the interview!!
Q#1. If you could give any advise to young writes what would it be?
A. Learn as much as you can. You learn by reading in the genres you want to write. Take classes or attend writing conferences--there are ever some free ones. (check out WriteOnCon held every August). Learn your onw language--I mean English grammar. Learn about story structure. There are so many great resources online. Check out Dan Well's classes on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KemiqQ9NpPe or Larry Brooks's series here: http://storyfix.com/story-structure-series-1-introducing-the-fore-parts-of-story
B. Get into a critique group if you can find a good one or find some good beta readers.
These are people who can give you some honest feedback. That can be hard for friends and family who don't want to hurt your feelings.
C. Keep writing. Don't expect perfection. You have to do this a lot to get good at it, and even after you're published your writing should continue to grow and mature.
D. Keep learning.Don't get arrogant and think you know it all.
Q#2. If you could co-write a book with anyone who would it be?
A. I think it takes a special kind of person to collaborate. I know a mother/daughter team who write under the name "Jo Noelle" They do a great job, but I'm not sure I could do what they do.
Q#3 Your favourite book series?
I have so many. In a lot of genres.
A. One of my favorites is the "Dragonriders of Pern" series by Anne McCaffrey--SciFi
B. Brandon Sanderson's "The Stormlight Archive" ("The Way of Kings" and "Words of Radiance" are the first two books in that series)--Epic Fantasy.
D. While Dan Well's "I Am Not a Serial Killer" series is hard to read for me since I'm not normally into horror, it's a compelling read. Wells has done a phenomenal job of making sympathetic a character that, should not be. It deals with mental illness and, while dark, ends up being very positive.