Interview with Donna Higton

When did you first start writing?
I started a weekly newsletter in 2005, then a blog in 2006, and I've written more and more and more since then...and discovered that writing is my passion, and my love. I hadn't written since I was a kid because I thought I couldn't write. It just goes to show you can start something new any time!
What's the story behind your latest book?
For years, mentors, coaches and teachers have been telling me to fall in love with life, but I didn't know 'how' to do it - I thought it had to be perfect, that I'd fall in love with it when everything was as I wanted it (hahahaha!). But they kept saying 'fall in love with life as it is now' - so for the last 7 or 8 years, that's what I've been doing, and this book shares my favourite tools and techniques that I've been sharing with my clients as I've fallen more and more in love with my life.
Describe your desk
It looks like a paper monster threw up on it most of the time! There's paper and pens everywhere, plus diaries, glasses, notebooks and a scented candle or two.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The idea of being rejected over and over by publishers made me feel a bit sick (still does!), and the idea of leaving my fate in the hands of a random person who might not like my writing didn't sit well with me either. I wrote my first ebook in 2007, when no one had heard of ebooks, now they're everywhere and even my mom knows what an ebook is! It's a great time to be an author, and you don't need a sponsor to reach readers, I love that...and I love lots of other indie authors too.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the creative process. I love getting ideas and sharing them. I love words and books and inspiration - it's my favourite thing!
What do your fans mean to you?
I am so thrilled when anyone downloads a book, or reads my blog, or follows me on social media - it means so much to reach people all over the world and impact their lives.
What are you working on next?
The book I wrote in 2007 needs an update/makeover/rewrite - it's about money, because I know money is one of the biggest things that stops people falling in love with their lives.
What is your writing process?
I start with random ideas scribbled on bits of paper, or on evernote on my phone or tablet. I put all these scraps of ideas into a document, then start working the ideas into sentences, chapters, and sections. It's all very chaotic and inspiration-led - which leads to a lot of organising and switching about at the end. Lucky I write non-fiction,huh?
Who are your favorite authors?
Raymond E Feist, Katherine Kerr, Debby Fowler
What do you read for pleasure?
All sorts of stuff - I like crime fiction (but the detective type, not the 'slasher' type), fantasy fiction, chick lit...but I'll read anything if it sounds interesting.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am utterly in love with my Kindle. I wasn't sure about it because I love the smell of a book...but when I go away it's nice not to have a suitcase chock-full of books!
Published 2014-09-24.
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