Interview with Donna Marie

Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I am a Midwestern gal born in Chicago into an Italian/Norwegian family. Until 8th grade, I attended a Catholic elementary school. Then, we were off to the suburbs. Here I am, many years later, still living in a Chicago suburban neighborhood with my wonderful husband and four amazing sons. I love the Midwest, or at least three of the seasons. I could do without winter.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Story writing did not become an interest to me until I was in high school. In Freshman English class, we were assigned many creative writing projects. It was my favorite class, with a supportive teacher who happened to value my completed assignments. It wasn’t until I was married, and after my first two boys were born, that I began dabbling in writing once again. At that time, I wrote children’s stories, and submitted them to magazines. I also wrote a children’s picture book which is not yet published.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I do love romance novels. But, they need to have a good love story. I read the type of stories that I tend to write; stories with not only love and romance, but a strong family premise as well. Nicholas Sparks books have always been a favorite of mine. Also, I enjoy James Patterson books that are more on the romantic side.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My first two books were published with a traditional publisher. After the rights to Love For Angela, my first book, reverted back to me, I decided to make some changes and self publish it as an eBook. With the traditional publishers, I put much effort into marketing. Whatever I did then, I can do for myself now. It's kind of fun, too.
Published 2014-04-15.
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