Sunday, February 20, 2011

with Donna Winters

Welcome to The Book Loft, Donna.
What started you on your writing journey?

Back in the early 1980’s, TV newscasters reported that the romance industry was booming and that new writers were getting published. I thought I’d like to try writing a romance. I wrote three complete manuscripts and several proposals before receiving a contract offer in 1984. My first published novel was released by Thomas Nelson on Valentine’s Day in 1985.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Anything that interrupts solitude and silence!

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I’ll try to put in order the type of reading I prefer: the Bible; nonfiction history about the time and place of my work in progress, especially newspapers on microfilm; historical fiction; historical romances; occasionally a good mystery. My favorite historical nonfiction titles are Rosanna of the Amish and Rosanna’s Boys by Joseph W. Yoder. My favorite mystery is Bertie and the Tinman by Peter Lovesey.

Which character in your latest release most interested you while you wrote?
My latest release is the ebook version of Fayette—A Time to Love, which came out in paperback in 2003. While creating this story, I most enjoyed the hero, Huck. His Irish heritage required me to research the speech patterns, customs, and music of the Irish who settled in the Great Lakes area.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Classical pops from the Romantic Era of classical music, preferably Chopin, whose hauntingly beautiful melodies touch my innermost being.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Riding a bobsled down the Olympic run at Lake Placid, New York. I went to college about two hours west of Lake Placid, and one Saturday I went over there and took the run with four others. The Conservation sled goes only about half as fast as the Olympic bobsleds, but it’s still exciting!

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Technical things. I hated giving up my Gateway computer, but its Windows 3.1 Operating System simply could not handle the software and ever-increasing file sizes needed for writing and publishing, so last year I gave it up in favor of newer computers.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Roast turkey, glazed squash, and apple crisp. I guess my palette is all-American because I can’t think of a more appealing menu!

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
Forgiveness, evidently, because it comes up quite often in my stories, even when I’ve set out to write about a different theme! In fact, it was such a strong theme in my story, Butterfly, Come Home that the minister of the church I was attending actually preached a sermon quoting passages from my book to make his point! That was back in 2003, a couple of years after the book had been released. I had intended to focus on disobedience and the consequences thereof, and those are certainly dominant issues, but forgiveness in a myriad of circumstances evolved as an equally important message throughout.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
My favorite verse is from Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” KJV

I have always tried to write according to the theme of this verse, so that after all the conflicts in a story are resolved, the reader is uplifted by the moral truth of the message.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I don’t have a schedule for my next title but I hope to get it out sometime in 2012. It will be a prequel to my book, Elizabeth of Saginaw Bay. In that story, set in 1837, the heroine moves from my hometown of Brockport, New York, to the wilderness of the Saginaw Valley in Michigan to start a new pioneer town. The story I am researching now will focus on Erie Canal town life and the westward movement along the canal.

You can purchase Fayette A Time to Love from Amazon.

Donna is giving away a copy of Fayette A Time to Love. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Joanne Sher said...

This sounds good - and Donna sounds like a lovely person. Please enter me :)

lgm52 said...

Sounds great..please enter me.

Marianne said...

Please enter me in Donna Winters giveaway. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

Leanne said...

I would love to read this!

leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

This book sounds like a good read.

apple blossom said...

good interview thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Charity U said...

Wow, sounds great! Please enter me!

Meredith said...

Good interview! Please enter me!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Charlotte Kay said...

Please consider me for this giveaway!
This would be a new author for me if I would win:)
Charlotte Kay
charlovesmark at gmail dot com

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