**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with DONNA FASANO
INTRODUCING…USA Today Bestselling Author, DONNA FASANO.
Welcome to my blog, Donna. Before we get started talking about your writing, I want to thank you for stopping by to tell us a little about yourself and your new release. It’s always fun to introduce new writers to my readers!
1. Who would you would like your readers to know you are?
I’d like to offer a sweet, slick response and say I consider myself a polished and professional writer, but that would be a bold face lie. (I’m chuckling as I type this and hope your readers are, too.) First and foremost, I’m a wife, mother, sister, aunt, loyal friend and avid volunteer who lends a hand, a strong back, a shoulder to lean on, a listening ear and anything else those I love might need. It just so happens that I was blessed with the ability to create characters and stories that readers have found entertaining, and I am appreciative of this gift of Muse (or amusing gift, as it most often turns out to be) that I’ve been given.
2. When did you first know that you wanted to write? What inspired you to start?
My husband deserves all the blame for this one. Most authors know from very early in their lives that they are destined to write. I came to writing through my love of reading. I’ve had my nose in a book since I was a kid. When my youngest child started school and I was considering taking a part-time job, my husband looked at the piles of books sitting around our house and said, “You’ve read enough of these; why don’t you try writing one?” I thought he was nuts! But he planted a seed that sprouted and grew.
3. How would you describe the style of your writing?
Wow. I don’t really know. I wait for characters to show up in my head and start talking—to each other, to me, to themselves. I see the story unfold in my mind like a movie, and I sit down and type as fast as I can, describing everything I see and hear and feel. While that process is taking place, I laugh, I cry, I cringe, I gasp, but I do all I can to describe to my reader what I’m experiencing in my head. It’s as if my mind is the stage, my fingers on the keyboard are the narrator, the recorder, the camera. As I re-read that description, I can’t help but think it falls far short of what I feel is an awesome and mysterious event. Writing, for me, is…mystical. I don’t really know how or why it happens, it just does, and I am grateful.
4. Tell about some of your books. How did you come up with the premise for The Merry-Go-Round?
At first, all I knew was that I wanted to write on the subject of divorce. But I wanted to create a divorce story that was different from what I had ever read in the past. I knew I wanted to begin with the actual divorce proceedings, and then I wanted to set my protagonist’s world spinning until she didn’t know which end was up. I can only hope I succeeded.
5. What was your creative process for determining the cover image of Taking Love in Stride?
I love that cover! There was no ‘process’ really. I knew the picture fit the characters perfectly the moment I saw it. The story is about two type-A personalities who clash with a very romantic result; one is a businessman, the other a gym teacher with a penchant for stilettos.
6. What inspired you to write Mountain Laurel?
I used to vacation in the forests of mountainous Western Maryland, USA. It was there that I came up with the idea for Mountain Laurel. The Allegheny Mountains are breath-taking. I think it was the scenery that first inspired me for this book. I knew I wanted to set a story there. Slowly, the characters and plot took form.
7. Are you working on anything new that you’d like to share?
I’m nearly ready to publish a non-fiction, inspirational book. I’m a little nervous about how my romance readers will react to my book about a simple prayer practice I use, but I feel compelled to publish the book. I’m also working on a women’s fiction novel called Katy Did and I like to think of it as Step-Mom (with Julia Roberts) meets Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood. These characters are fun to work with.
8. Where can we find your books?
Readers can find my books in Amazon’s Kindle Store, in B&N’s NookBook Store, and at Smashwords.com. My e-books are also available for Sony, Kobo, Diesel, iPad/iPhone and other e-readers. If readers prefer paperback novels, my books can be purchased through Amazon.com. Just go to Amazon and plug my name into the search box.
I’d like to thank Karen for this opportunity! It’s only through blogs like Karen’s Killer Book Bench that authors like me can get the word out about our books.
Links to Donna’s website, blog, books, etc.
More Books by Donna:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Donna-Fasano/e/B001HCXJW6/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1398623924&sr=8-2-ent
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Donna and her book, THE MERRY-GO-ROUND, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Donna will give away an ebook copy of THE MERRY-GO-ROUND (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or iBook) to one reader who comments on her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs. Don’t miss this chance to read this story. Thanks, Donna, for sharing your story with us!