Interview with Donna Wylie

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
What? I'm supposed to stop writing now and then?! But seriously... when I'm not writing I love to work on crafts like sewing or knitting. Currently, I'm knitting baby hats for the campaign, "Period of Purple Crying", to help bring awareness to the issue of shaken baby deaths. I also like to whittle and garden - neither of which I'm very good at but that's ok. It's fun!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I confess, I'm a bargain hunter. I subscribed to Book Bub and get a daily email from them with free or low-cost books. I tend to go for the free ones because I'm a hard person to please when it comes to novels. Maybe that's why I wrote two of my own! ;-)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. Is that horrible? I've been writing for as long as I can remember, so the first one was a Long time ago. I remember writing about topics that interested me at the time - the Vietnam war was a major topic for a while when I was in high school, because my big brother enlisted and was over there. So I remember writing about that. Also wrote a funny story about family life. My stuff back then was pretty embarrassingly adolescent - I used writing as a way to deal with childhood issues so I think I have blocked out a lot of what I wrote about back then. Kind of surreal, when I read stuff I wrote in high school, it feels like I'm reading the work of a stranger. Thank god for the poetry and prose that brought me through those times!
What is your writing process?
I collect ideas from everyday life - I'll see a news story that catches my interest and it starts me on a series of "what if" questions that can turn into a whole novel. Or I use everyday frustrations as a basis for a story. In my Book, "Wish You Were Dead", I based the story on my experiences working in a call center, and the fact that sometimes you wish you could "do away" with co-workers. One of the female characters was based on an annoying woman I worked with at the time (she never knew how she inspired me!). And, I still use poetry as a way to deal with emotions so I often turn to prose to express things like sorrow, or love, or wonder at the beauty of things.
How do you approach cover design?
I leave this one to my very talented husband who has an amazing ability to express my written words in graphics! Probably why we do Poetry-Art now -- where he illustrates my poetry. He brings my words to life!
What do you read for pleasure?
I like mysteries, mostly. Romance, if it has an interesting plot. But, like I said, I'm a hard person to please. If a book doesn't grab my attention in the first few pages, I discard it! And I Hate books that hurt animals! I know - they are fictional animals. But I can't bear to read that.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My ipad mini - it's just the right size!
When did you first start writing?
I think I was born with a pen in my hand! Lol! Seriously, I have been writing since I was old enough to know how to form words I think. Definitely since I was about 12 or 13.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I started thinking about the lengths people go to in order to win. And I wondered - would comedians be mean and cutthroat? Or funny? Turns out, in my book anyway - they can be both. So the murders that get committed have a comic element to them. Because, even though it's a murder mystery, I still wanted to make people laugh. So there are a number of jokes in the comics' routines, as well as "humorous" murders.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Fear of rejection, mostly. Also - I didn't want to hand over my book - my "baby" to some editor who would red-pencil it and cut it to pieces! I had a boss who wrote a book and I'll never forget what he said about getting it published. He said he "didn't recognize it" after his editor finished with it. I never wanted to do that, to lose My identity. So - call it fear, call it vanity, call it creative license or a combination of all of the above. I just was not willing to sacrifice myself and my work.
What are you working on next?
I'd like to do a poetry compilation called "Friday's Child", with poems from the past 4 or 5 decades of my life.
Published 2017-08-24.
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Books by This Author

Denture Adventure: The Year I Got Teeth For My Birthday (The 7 Stages Of Teeth)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,010. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Oral health, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
When I made the decision to get dentures, I searched for information online. What I never found, was a book like this one. A personal story, from the perspective of someone who went through the process. This is the story of my year-long journey, and an explanation of the stages I went through. I offer it to you, in the hopes that it will help with your own “Denture Adventure.”
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,940. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
Ever had days when it hurts to chew? This book tells you how to prepare easy meals and snacks that go beyond the usual soft foods to include such taste-tempting delights as “Shrimp Scampi” and “Chicken Enchiladas”. There is a delicious selection of smoothies, made with protein powder. I’ve also included a section on desserts; because “you Got to have dessert!” It’s food to heal you, body and soul.