Interview with Donna Carrick

What motivated you to become an indie author?
As an Indie publisher (Carrick Publishing) my husband Alex and I are firm supporters of the Indie arts community. We believe independent publishing is critical in a changing literary industry landscape, to create a diverse and rich tapestry of choices for readers.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Mark Coker has devised and developed a brilliant platform in Smashwords. It has grown into a vehicle for authors in every genre to be able to reach the reading public.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I especially love expressing ideas and weaving them into entertaining stories. These stories draw on both experience and imagination. This is the essence of fiction.
What do your fans mean to you?
Knowing that I've connected with a reader is my greatest joy. When they tell me they were touched by a character, or they learned something valuable from my work, I am deeply satisfied.
What are you working on next?
Next I'll be contributing a short story to the upcoming Mesdames of Mayhem anthology, In The Key of 13, which will be released in 2019 by Carrick Publishing. I'll also continue my work as an Indie publisher with Carrick Publishing ad my podcast for readers and writers, Dead to Writes.
Who are your favorite authors?
Charles Dickens, Martin Cruz Smith and I've recently become an ardent fan of auto-biographies from a number of current cultural icons.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family, of course. They are my everything. My art is, I hope, a way of teaching them to be free thinkers and to believe in their inner voices.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I can usually be found publishing the work of fellow authors via Carrick Publishing, producing and hosting my weekly author interview and short story podcast Dead to Writes, Networking with authors or spending golden hours with my husband Alex Carrick and our family at beautiful Georgian Bay.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I follow a lot of current news and events, network with a large number of authors, stay involved online and in person. I also watch Social Media for recommendations.
What would you like to say to your readers?
I'd like to thank my readers for joining me in what I believe is one of the most intimate relationships: the one between a writer and a reader. From my inner self to yours, the words do connect us, and I hope my work in some small way will create a positive impact on readers.
Published 2018-07-02.
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Books by This Author

North on the Yellowhead and Other Crime Stories
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 47,770. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
What happens when an old flame is bludgeoned in an obscure prairie village? Or when a new love threatens a young family in Ontario’s isolated cottage-country? Donna Carrick is the author of The First Excellence (winner of the 2011 Indie Book Event Award), Gold And Fishes and The Noon God, as well as several short story collections. Her novels have reached over 100,000 readers worldwide.
EFD1: Starship Goodwords
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,660. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Carrick Publishing presents: EFD1: Starship Goodwords, the first in our series of cross-genre anthologies featuring a diverse selection of stories and poems. Compiled and edited by Donna and Alex Carrick, this collection includes: Mystery, Crime, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Literary, Paranormal, Science Fiction and Humor. There's something for every reader in this exceptional sampling.
Sept-Iles and Other Places
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,740. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
From the award-winning author of The First Excellence, a selection of 5 haunting stories by Donna Carrick -- Volume 1 of the Toboggan Mysteries series. Each compelling tale features a Northern locale, with characters and settings that will seem familiar to many readers. Stories include: North On The Yellowhead, Dancing With Carole, Invasion, The Night She Died, Spring’s Last Skate.
Gold And Fishes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,330. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
From the devastated tourist beaches of Southeast Asia to the graveyard that was Banda Aceh, aid worker Ayla Harris sets out on a personal mission – to find her sister’s gold-hungry husband and return him to his family. Can Ayla expose a killer and avoid becoming the next victim as she and her team struggle to bring hope to a region that is drowning in despair?
The Noon God
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,130. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
Living in the shadow of greatness can be a difficult thing. Just ask Desdemona Fortune. When her father, renowned author J. Caesar Fortune, is found murdered inside the offices of the Faculty of Art, there is no shortage of people who carried a grudge against him. Now she must do whatever is necessary to save her only surviving sister from the far-reaching influence of an immortal.
The First Excellence ~ Fa-ling's Map
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 97,360. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Asian, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
What happens when East bleeds into West? Join Fa-ling on an incredible journey into the heart of mainland China. Searching for her lost heritage, Fa-ling encounters murder, kidnapping, political intrigue and organ theft. With Detective Wang Yong-qi and his brilliant but uncouth partner Cheng Minsheng, Fa-ling must uncover a high-stakes kidnapping plot – before another child goes missing!