Guess what? We have another author interview today! I know I say this all the time but these really are so much fun to do! And all the authors we’ve had on the blog so far lately have been wonderful! So willing to talk about what inspires them 🙂
So let’s welcome our newest guest, Donna K. Weaver!
Donna is an award-winning author, wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Army veteran, karate black belt, and online gamer girl. She is the author of the Safe Harbors series.
Megan: Donna, welcome to the blog! We are so happy you could join us today! Let’s get started with the interview 🙂 What made you decide to be a writer? Or was it something you always wanted to do?
Donna: I’ve always had stories going around in my head since I was very young. In high school we did fan fiction, though most of that was oral rather than written. I messed around with trying to write a short story when I was in college and didn’t get very far. Then I got busy with life and didn’t try again until 2010. I’d heard from a friend who’d done NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and I was intrigued. I’d been thinking of working on my personal history again and thought perhaps I should learn a little about writing for it. So I did my own NaNo in January 2010, just to see if I could write a full-length novel. I cranked out 80,000 words in 31 days. That book was A Change of Plans. It was much later and fourteen major rewrites before I started submitting it and found a publisher interested in purchasing the right to it.
Megan: That’s amazing! So, after that journey, do you have any authorly role models?
Donna: Outside of religious figures, I’m inspired by people who are happy and nice. I like when people work to make the world a better place.
Megan: I love asking about characters – of the ones you’ve written so far, who has been your favorite? (I know it’s like picking a favorite child lol) And any reason why?
Donna: I could easily say it’s the ones I’m writing at the moment. But the main one is probably Jori Virtanen. I knew he was broken when I wrote A Change of Plans. When I decided he needed his own story, I had a chance to really delve into what broke him. Going with him on his journey of healing in Torn Canvas brought him really near to my heart.
Megan: Okay, let’s take this a step farther and talk about your favorite book. Do you have one that was more fun to write than the others?
Donna: I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve written – or why put in the time? I eat, drink, and dream my characters. I need to care deeply about them. Research is always fun and being able to visit a location in one of my stories is exciting. And it can change the story. I was able to visit Lewistown, Montana and fell in love with the place. In Swing Vote, book three in the Safe Harbors series, I’ll be in a small town in rural Utah (since I know election laws there), and I’ll be making a trip to the Moab area for research. I know. Rough life.
Megan: Okay, are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you outline all of your books beforehand or just start writing and see where it takes you?
Donna: I used to think I was just a pantser, but I’ve come to realize that my 50,000+ word first draft is really just a detailed outline. But I have to write it like the story to get a feel for it. I guess, for me, a simple outline lacks the emotions that drive my stories.
Megan: Thanks so much, Donna! Is there anything else you would like to share with us before we go?
Donna: I’m excited that all my titles are available in audiobook. I’m a huge audiobook fan myself, so it’s a thrill.
What a great way to end the week 🙂 Happy Friday!