Interview with Donan Berg

How do you approach cover design?
First consideration is to have it jibe with the story. Second, highlight an interesting aspect.
What do you read for pleasure?
Books selected by a contemporary and a mystery book club top the list. After those is a collection of whatever others suggest.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Have no preference.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Born in Ireland, raised in small Midwestern United States community. Travelled to metropolitan cities for employer. The contracts and similarities of all environments plus travel have shown how much people are similar in desires and goals.
When did you first start writing?
Can't remember. However, recall my second grade teacher and her cursive lessons.
What's the story behind your latest book?
One Paper Heart came about after several winning entries in the New Orleans Dixie Kane Memorial Writing Contest. One Paper Heart was never an entry. It started out years ago as an exercise in character writing. A New York publisher liked the first three chapters and requested a full manuscript. That did not turn out well. The characters kept pulling me back. I'm glad they did.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The writing itself and the interaction with readers. Members of two book clubs are both insightful and compassionate.
What are you working on next?
A mystery. Sheriff Jonas McHugh of Baby Bones investigates a new murder. Chapter one is excerpted in One Paper Heart.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. A Body To Bones.
Published 2015-08-21.
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Books by This Author

Alexa's Gold
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,770. Language: American English. Published: April 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Mystery, Romance, Thrills. Fall in love with Alexa's inheritance journey to find Grandpa's gold, guided by Grandma's apple cake recipe clue. Filled with suspense, humor, romance, and family drama. Fast-moving plot, wonderful characters, setting, and dialogue. Multiple weeks as most popular novel at
One Paper Heart
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,360. Language: American English. Published: August 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
This 2016 Gold/1st Place Feathered Quill Book Award winner delights page after page as Alicia Danielson's innocent one paper heart rekindles her lovelife.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,180. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Amanda let fester her husband's thirty-plus year refusal to quit smoking and his verbal slights and wandering eyes. Then, one day, she snapped, her plot to kill husband Herbert born. It's execution so devious and skillful, Amanda would escape jail. The freedom she earned wasn't exactly as she had hoped.
Adolph's Gold
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,050. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Detective Second Class Adolph Anderson, striving to earn a gold shield, confronts solving multiple mysteries in an addictive tale that spins an elaborate web of unsuspected turns sprung with gusto after a skeleton bathed in used motor oil is unearthed. The twisting and turning trail Adolph follows puts him up against perversion, illegal drugs, past sins, and his fear of water submersion.