Interview with Donna Florack

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Rochester, New York, and I still live there. I have never lived anywhere else. What influenced my writing more than my hometown was my upbringing. My Mom was a big reader, and she shared her love of books with me. We spent lots of time in libraries and used book stores.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember writing in composition books in grammar school (creative writing), but I don't remember what the stories were about.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Paperwhite. I love my Kindle Paperwhite. I can read in bed and not keep my hubby awake! I also find it very easy to download and order books off of Amazon.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually find them on Amazon, through friends or on Facebook. I get regular emails from Amazon, I read lots of book reviews on various WordPress blogs, and I follow several book-related pages on Facebook.
Describe your desk
Messy but organized. Both my desk at home and my desk at work look pretty much the same - they are covered in either work or important papers, but I know where everything is.
When did you first start writing?
I spent most of my High School years wandering around with a steno pad in my hand. I was always writing stories - stories that were fictional in nature and starred the exploits of me and my friends. We’d share a table at lunchtime and read what each other had written. Those early efforts would likely be a great source of embarrassment if they were to be read today! The group had a lot of laughs over them at the time.

I started blogging on a regular basis in 2012.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story of Annelise and Barney was originally written for a WordPress annual challenge, and it was written on my blog. The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is held every April. On April 1st, the blogger writes about a topic that starts with A. On April 2nd, the blogger writes about a topic that starts with B, and so on. Sundays are a day off from the Challenge. The goal is that by April 30th, the blogger will have written a post for each letter of the alphabet.

When I began to write on April 1st, I didn’t plan to have a theme; I was just going to wing it. I had not published any short stories on my blog before this challenge. The first two posts came to me out of the blue, and I began to write about a little girl named Annelise and an old man named Barney. As the days passed, I added more characters to their story. Each story was written from a particular character’s viewpoint, but the theme still centered on Annelise and Barney. I thought at first that the story would be lighthearted and whimsical. Annelise and Barney had other ideas, and their story seemed to write itself as the days went by.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a continuation of Annelise's story. This time I will have more definite references to time and location.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It has to be getting my thoughts down on paper and sharing what I am thinking or feeling with others. I write because it makes me happy and pleases me to do so. If others are entertained by what I've written, that's an added bonus.
What is your writing process?
I write wherever I am. I use the notepad on my iPhone a LOT. If an idea comes to me, I jot it down. I then email it to myself and incorporate it into whatever word processing document I am working on. I have been known to grab the phone just before I fall asleep or even during the night to jot something down.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am either working or doing schoolwork. I also enjoy reading, blogging, gardening, enjoying the visitors to my birdfeeder and spending time with family.
Published 2015-05-05.
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Books by This Author

Annelise and Barney: An A to Z Collection of 26 Short Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,590. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Enjoy this heartwarming story of a little girl and an old man with Alzheimer's disease.