Welcome all to my author spotlight with awesome local writer, Donna Fletcher. The very first book I read of hers was Bound to a Warrior, and from there it was her entire backlist. I tend to obsess when I find something I love and must read everything by that author. Donna Fletcher was also very generous in sending the Book Obsessed Chicks signed books for the BBQ raffle we had over the Summer.
I always like to know what inspires an author to write and find out little things one normally wouldn't know. Now with the recent release of her latest HIGHLANDER UNCHAINED and FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER, and upcoming WED TO A HIGHLAND WARRIOR, we get to find out a bit about the very talented author.
Please welcome Donna Fletcher to Book Obsessed Chicks and enjoy the Q&A.
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My first Donna Fletcher read!
What inspired you to write ?
My love of reading inspired me to write. My mom was an avid reader so there were always books in the house. She also signed me up for a YA Romance Book Club and I devoured every book that came in the mail. My love of reading continued into adulthood and one day I got an idea for a romance novel and started writing it. No, it was never published and I am so relieved it wasn’t. I had a lot to learn about writing and that book got me started on the road to becoming a writer. I went to the library and took out books on writing until finally there were no more books left to take out. I had read the whole section.
Did you have problems with finding a publisher?
It wasn’t easy. I tried submitting myself but got nowhere. I then found New Jersey Romance Writers and joined. I got to know some great women who were struggling to get published just like I was. I got involved in the organization, found my first agent while I was a member and sold my first book the month I took office as President.
Who are your mentors?
The women in my old critique group were the best mentors I could have ever had. They were honest and straight forward with their critiques, providing great feedback and helping to make me a better writer. We attended writers’ conference together and celebrated as each of us got published.
What does your family think about you being an author?
They’re very proud of me and they are my best publicists.
I have it!
Who are your favorite authors? Books?
I love romance books but I have a tendency to stay away from them while writing my own. Then when I finish a book I go crazy reading romances. In between I read a variety of books; mysteries, thrillers, YAs, period pieces, and non-fiction. My favorite author presently is my son MJ Fletcher. He’s written a YA series called the Doorknob Society that is terrific and that’s not just my opinion. Reviewers and readers love his books. And naturally, I’m a very proud Mom.
I haven't watched TV in over 4 years but I am curious to know if you have a favorite show?
Actually I do, I love Bones and Castle. The writers have done a great job in bringing the couples together and making the shows even better than before. And I’m hooked on Sons of Anarchy; they’re like warriors of old. I also love The Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly. They never fail to give me a good laugh. Oops, that’s more than one, but I do need a break from my Highlanders now and again.
How do you have time to balance all that is being Donna Fletcher?
That’s a good question and I wish I had a good answer. Some days seem more balanced than others. I juggle a lot, though that doesn’t mean I don’t drop things every now and then. But I don’t believe I’d have it any other way. It makes for an interesting and exciting life. And the good part is that I fall into bed exhausted each night and sleep soundly. That’s heavenly! 11. Who are your favorite characters from your books? You’re going to get me into trouble asking that. If I say I like one more than the other than I’ll never hear the end of it from my characters. They’re always filling my head with ideas for future books or short stories. Besides, I fall in love with every hero I write and I admire every heroine I create.
Do you attend author conferences? Which ones? Your favorites?
I used to attend a lot of conferences, but time restraints have had me cutting back on attending them. I loved the conferences where I could meet readers and talk with them. A good conference that focuses on the concerns of the published author is Novelists, Inc. I was President of the organization last year and I can tell you that there isn’t another writers’ conference out there that comes near to providing the information necessary to a published author (traditional or indie) that Novelists, Inc. does.
What's the most difficult thing about being an author?
I think it’s all the hats you need to wear being an author. You need to be a marketer, social networker, researcher, speaker, account, and I’m sure I missed a few. I love getting lost in my books but when I finish my writing for the day, I’m not done. I switch hats and get started on other areas of being an author.
When time permits, I knit. No big project, since I don’t have the time for one, though I am tempted to try knitting a lovely sweater pattern I saw. I also love working in my container garden in the summer. I have a front porch and I fill it to the brim with plants. It’s my little oasis and I sit out there in the evenings with a glass of wine and my dog for company. I wish I had the time to sew. It was a hobby of mine years ago and I made some great clothes. Would love to do it again.
Final thoughts, any message to readers?
Thanks for your support. It means the world to me and is more appreciated than you know. You are the best, and know that I write for you!
About the Author: Donna Fletcher is a USA Today bestselling author of historical romances. She is also a past President of New Jersey Romance Writers and Novelists, Inc.
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