Interview with Deb Donnell

When did you first start writing?
My first indie-published book was produced when I was ten years old. It was at that moment, I knew I wanted to be an author and a publisher when I grew up.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I still have the first story I wrote, illustrated, and published: Ted's Story. I was 10. It was a work of art and a very limited edition.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is based on the Hero's Journey, which is the foundation for all stories. However, I've adapted this to the personal development and growth quest each of us is on. I've drawn on the powerful tools and resources I've discovered through life, including Neuro-Linguistics Programing (NLP) and Neuro-Semantics.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always loved books, writing, and publishing. I've dedicated my life to studying the many facets of publishing, and have been fortunate to have the guidance and support of many expert mentors along the way.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The sharing of ideas, tools, and resources. The greatest joy is when I get feedback from readers that my work has been valuable to them in some way.
What do your fans mean to you?
My life mission is to empower people to discover what makes their heart sing, and release their valuable treasure through passion-based ventures. If my work makes a positive impact on my fans, then I am achieving my purpose.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many - in a variety of genres - that it's not an easy question to answer! When people read my books, I will often mention in the text, where relevant, the authors who have influenced or mentored me, via their books. So, if you'd like to get an insight into who they are, please buy my books.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly science-fiction/fantasy. Favourite authors in this genre are Sir Terry Pratchett, Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Moon.
What is your writing process?
Every day I do writing practice - around 30 minutes handwriting in a journal. For me, this is similar to a volcanic eruption onto the earth's surface, scattering rocks and rough diamonds onto the page. From there, I sift through the ideas generated, and assess which have potential value. Then, it's onto the computer, and working on an article, or chapter, or section of a training module. Then it's revision, cutting, and polishing (editing, copyediting, and proofreading). I also tend to work directly in the software I'll be publishing with, formatting the work as I create it. I like to see it as it will be laid out, and I generally design as I go.
How do you approach cover design?
It depends on the book. For my photo books (such as the Christchurch, New Zealand 'Then and Now' series), I choose a suitable image from my collection, and then design the cover around that. For other books, I design a cover that intuitively seems right. Although I am not a trained graphic designer, I have worked in the industry, and my designers tend to just tidy up my original cover designs as they say they wouldn't do them much different anyway.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Pursuing my life purpose. The first thing I do each day is writing practice. About ten minutes in, I generally get some insight or inspiration from my unconscious, and/or subconscious minds which I can then put to good use as I take action to achieve my goals.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
What do you mean, when I'm not writing?! Most of what I do is focused on achieving my life mission, so I'm either writing, editing, publishing, marketing, or training, coaching, mentoring the people I work with. In between that, I'm usually hanging with my cats, raising Monarchs, taking photos, exploring the world around me, or catching up with family and friends.
What are you working on next?
The next book in the KESWIN Mini-Guide series, which is the companion manual to training being developed in the personal development online training centre I founded, KESWIN Academy - https://keswin.academy
Published 2018-10-06.
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Books by This Author

Your Transformative Journey: Making the Conscious Decision to Explore Your Unconscious Self
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,430. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 1, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
KESWIN™ Mini-Guide YOU101 ebook. Your Quest Begins Here: Be the Hero Who Seeks Treasure! Your Transformative Journey is an overview of your Heroic Quest to discover your true value and uniqueness, and give you the tools and resources to live with purpose. KESWIN™ Mini-Guides are a series of guidebooks intended to mentor you through personal and business development Transformative Journeys.
Trails To Treasure
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 41,170. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
Trails to Treasure is a collection of Awakening Short Stories and Poems. Awakening stories focus on the characters' moment of decision, when they realise that their life of conformity is not giving them fulfilment or happiness. As a result of this awakening, they begin the journey down the trails of dreaming in order to discover the treasure they have within themselves. 16 stories 8 poems