Interview with Donna Cummings

What's the story behind your latest book?
My story ideas appear in the strangest ways sometimes! Usually I'm working on a different story, or I'm driving, or washing dishes and all of a sudden new characters show up in my mind. They only appear as a teaser, almost like a movie preview, so then I have to figure out what happens next!

This story came about when some unrelated ideas bumped into each other in my brain. The Greek goddess of love decides to play matchmaker in Regency London, and the hero is late to his own wedding. The story just took off from there!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love watching the characters banter with each other. It's always a surprise to me. Half the time--no, make that 95% of the time--I feel like I'm a court stenographer, just copying down what happens while the characters are interacting. It's fun for me to see what they say and do, and it's what keeps me coming back to the keyboard each day.
What do your fans mean to you?
I adore them! I love when they say they are laughing so hard they can't breathe. :) I love when they love my characters the way I do. I want readers to have fun while reading my stories, and to have a break from everyday life. So when they tell me I've given them that, I'm thrilled.
What are you working on next?
I'm finishing up LORD WASTREL, which is the next in this Curse of True Love series. Originally it was supposed to be the first book in the series, but the hero and heroine in LORD RAKEHELL'S LOVE convinced me they should start things off. So now I'm getting LORD WASTREL ready, and hopefully it will be published in the near future.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee! I'm a coffee fiend. It gets me out of bed, but once the caffeine is surging through my veins, I'm ready to get to work on the latest work-in-progress.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full-time, and think about writing, and wish I was writing, or I feel guilty that I'm not writing. :) Or I'm spending time on Twitter, trying to convince everyone it counts as writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! But I'm hoping I'll forget it pretty soon. It was in the 5th grade, and a bit of a disaster, since I spent the whole time describing what everyone wore -- since we were told to be descriptive! It was horribly boring. But, the next story, I decided to go with humor, and the class loved it, and I knew I'd found my niche.
What is your writing process?
My process is different with each story, so it pretty much involves showing up and seeing what the story wants to do. I never know exactly what's going to happen -- other than the beginning or the end -- but even those can appear at different times during the process.

I guess my writing process is sit down at the keyboard, ponder, type, come to a screeching halt, and then go on Twitter and goof off. :) Rinse and repeat.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't read as much as I used to, and I don't usually read the same genre when I'm writing it. So I typically read romantic suspense. I keep adding books to my Nook all the time though. Just in case I find myself with a couple of decades with nothing to do!
Published 2013-08-27.
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Books by This Author

Lord Rakehell's Love
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,590. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, is attempting to play matchmaker in Regency London. . . only she's placed a curse on the lovers instead. Simon is late to his own wedding, and Georgiana is heartbroken by the scandal. After such a blunder, how can Aphrodite possibly reunite this couple?
Lord Midnight
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,370. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
(4.00)
Lord Midnight, a dashing highwayman, lives for revenge against the uncle who stole his title and tried to kill him when he was a child. His plan for vengeance--seducing his uncle's bride-to-be--collides with his passion for this spirited young woman desperate to escape her wedding. Soon he must choose: the woman who stole his heart, or revenge against the man who stole his life.
Summer Lovin'
Price: Free! Words: 15,210. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(4.75)
Everyone should have at least one wild fling on their resumé. Mia is dogsitting for two weeks, and it's not easy chasing after a puppy with a shoe fetish. But there's a reward for her troubles: the hunky guy next door. Luke is a workaholic unhappy about his forced vacation--until he gets to know his temporary neighbor. She's sexy and fun, and now two weeks isn't nearly enough time.