I am so excited for this week blog post, as it’s an interview with my dear friend, and critique partner Donna. I have been wanting to interview my writing friends for ages and now I have the chance to do a few of them!
Hi Donna, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Let’s get started! What are your ambitions for your writing career?
My ambitions... Well first, I want to publish my first book. After that, I have plans to write two sequels. There's also a whole folder of book ideas on my drive so I'll tackle those next. I'd also like to do a book tour at some stage but that will probably be a little further in the future.
Where do your ideas come from?
Honestly. I have very vivid dreams so I write down what I remember and usually, I'll build from there.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I do work to an outline, although it's usually pretty bare bones. I think I will end up being more thorough in the future though.
How did the idea for your current book come about?
Like most of my ideas, it came from a strange dream I had. From what I remember, I was in Moses Mabida stadium in Durban but it was in ruins. I was surrounded by ice. There was a huge white wolf at my side and we were being approached by an enemy. I fight broke out, obviously, and then the dream ended. I couldn't get it out of my head for the longest time so I decided to write it down.
What is your writing routine like?
I prefer to write in the afternoon because it tends to be quieter in the office. I like to have a cup of coffee, tea or water within reach. I read over what I last wrote and then get to it! Afterwards, I'll check the section with a basic correction app.
If you had to pick a real life actor/actress to play your main character who would it be?
Ooohh... That's a tough question. I think it would be between Molly Quinn, Sophie Turner and Lily Collins. I think they all have the acting chops to pull the character off and all look great as redheads.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I type on my computer, directly into GoogleDocs
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Oh! real paper all the way. Although it can get pricey so I do buy ebooks on occasion
What book/s are you reading at present?
Right now I am reading The Faerie Prince by Rachel Morgan, a fellow South African writer.
What do you think of “trailers” for books?
Oh, I love the idea! I think it's a great way to get people excited, especially because, these days, a video is more likely to be viewed than a passage of writing.
Whats the best advice you’ve received that you would give to other writers in your position?
Hmm... I think that would probably be to write what you want to read and also that there is no such thing as an original story. What matters is how you tell it.
And there you go!
Here is a little bio:
Donna lives in a small seaside town just South of Durban, South Africa with her husband, four dogs and a cat. She is an aspiring author and a passionate tea drinker.
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