Interview with Donna Curtis

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything, I want them to know no matter what happens in your childhood, you have the ability to do and be anything you wish. Provided you are willing to work hard and learn the correct way to handle most situations.
What are you working on next?
Thinking about writing short stories, ranging from funny things that occurred during my Nursing career, and as my children grew up.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love History, so I would say Tim LaHaye and Greg Dinallo, I also love thrillers, Daniel Silva Caleb Carr. I could go on and on.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have always been early to rise. Love the mornings, listening to the birds singing and drinking the first cup of coffee outside. Just watching all the wonders the morning has to bring.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Outside with my beautiful flowers and thick lawn, watching the critters as they scurry about. I only worked on my book when I was unable to be outside working in my yard. I also enjoy my Grandchildren, (probably more than I should, since I want them around me all the time.) But, only one prefers to be outside as much as I do. Therefore, I spend a great deal of time teaching them how to bake and cook simple meals.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By looking for a certain book that I want to read in hardback, (Usually at Barnes and Noble or even in Kroger) I always bought hard back books until my daughter bought me my first kindle. Now, I find it much easier to read than a book. not saying that I don't still feel weird not having a hard copy to flip through. I now know I can look through the libraries on line, never having to leave my home, but I will miss flipping through the pages making sure it's a novel I want to spend an afternoon reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was about my youngest son and his big brother.
What is your writing process?
Outline by year and events. I make sure the events are in line with the messages I want to share. I want to ensure the correct messages makes it into the book. Proof, proof and keep proofing until you are satisfied that you have done the best you can do. Read the whole book over many times to ensure it flows and hope that other people enjoy your efforts.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, It was Daniel Boone. I was in the first grade and it was a simple little book. But, it sparked my interest in History, still love History to this day.
How do you approach cover design?
By the year the book begins. If it's in the fifties then I want a fifties look for the cover, same if it's for the eighties, then I would want an eighties look. If it's a love story then it should reflect that, same if it were a musician's story then it should have instruments ect. on the cover. All covers in my opinion should reflect back to the story line.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Daniel Silva , The English Assassin. Because it's a thriller
Tim LaHaya and Greg Dinallo, Babylon Rising because it makes you think.
Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana Because it's History.. Trail of tears...ect.
Louis L'amour. Collection of short stories that bounce from country to country.
The Bible, History and telling of things to come.
And so many more.
What do you read for pleasure?
I used to read a book from cover to cover once I picked it up. I could lose myself in books, but now there is very little time for reading anything but the occasional magazine about flowers and planting seasons. I spent the last five years working on my own book in my spare time.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
At this time I would say I need help on this one. I am not sure what I should or should not be doing to get my book noticed.
Describe your desk
It's a large desk which holds a monitor, a small T.V sitting on a T.V. control box in the corner. sitting on the opposite side sits the printer and under that on a shelf is the computer box. My speakers are on both sides of the monitor as well as the WI-FE and the Speed stream. Sitting directly in front of me is the keyboard and the mouse pad and mouse are to my right. I have one large pull out drawer directly under the keyboard. I also have smaller drawers on each side and under them are two large cabinets in which to store paper and other things.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Northern California and the Imperial Valley and they both influenced my writing because I loved the mountain and seasons so, but at the same time the dessert in all its glory also played a big part in my writing. I was able to see the beauty in both.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote small stories starting when I was very young maybe ten, and I continued writing small stories for years showing them to family and friends. This was my first attempt at writing a novel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Growing up in Northern California and then having to leave my beloved mountains to move far far away to the land of dirt. Going from near starvation to lower middle class and still not having enough money to support a large family, and how the pressure builds and builds until there is no turning back. How my parents become unable to cope and think running away is going to change the situation. The lessons I learned by watching their behaviors and my willingness to gain control over my life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
So I could have more control over my Book. I wanted the book to remain truthful and simple showing what a child goes through being raised in a poor home, especially when alcohol and violence become part of her daily life and how she chooses to handle the problems. I had a couple of people start to help me but they wanted to change the wording to a higher level and I felt that was wrong, especially since at the ages she was, she wound not have spoken that way.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It helped me get my book published. Now I just need to learn how to get it to sell.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It allows me to put my ideas into writing, seeing them on paper tickles me. Makes me feel in touch with other people going through a lot of the things I have been though and still can find humor in the little things.
Write your own question here! What do I think about my own book?
I had a hard time getting started, since a lot of the chapters dealt with such personal trauma that I had never shared with anyone before now, not ever my own siblings were aware of most of the things written in this book. I felt that it needed to be written because I have worked with many children who are going through some of the same things and I want them to know things can be different, they do not have to follow in their parents foot-steps.
Write your own question here! Will there be a sequel?
No. My life changed for the better and it would not be that interesting to read.
Will you write another book?
Thinking about writing silly antidotes about my children and grandchildren. Also include a chapter or two about nursing and some of the silly thing that occur.
Published 2017-07-14.
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Books by This Author

Growing Up White Trash
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 172,240. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
“White Trash,” was a phrase Mama often used whenever she had one too many beers to drink.