Interview with Dana E. Donovan

Published 2020-04-20.
Dana, tell us about the Detective Marcella Witch’s series. How many books are in it? What’s it about?
The Marcella Witch’s series revolves around five main characters whose lives thoroughly interconnect and evolve from book to book. There’s witchcraft with paranormal suspense and, of course, a mystery, usually a crime mystery. In that respect, I make sure that each book is a capable stand-alone and that the reader gets a satisfactory resolve to the mystery by book’s end. Yet, it’s the continuing back-story that makes the series what it is; the reader’s investment in the characters keeps them coming back for more. There are 12 books in the series with no others planned.
What genre is the series and what kind of readers will it appeal to?
The genre is paranormal suspense and mystery, sort of a Mike Hammer meets Harry Potter on steroids. Sorry J.K.

As for what kind of reader it should appeal to, well, it's funny. I’d have thought Stephen King readers would like the series best, yet based on the feedback I see on my Facebook fan page ( ), the reader cross-section appears much more diverse. Maybe I didn’t have a clue who was reading Stephen King.
Tell us a bit more about Detective Tony Marcella.
Tony is a complicated protagonist, especially where Lilith is concerned. He’s a reluctant romantic who’s not afraid to show his insecurities along with his confidence, his diplomatic prowess along with his stubbornness. He’s sensitive, yet shrewd and sometimes mixes bravado with bullshit. Sorry, can I say bullshit? In essence, he’s a stand-up guy. And what’s wrong with that?
Should we start reading from book one, The Witches Ladder, or can we read the series in any order?
Although I take pains to assure that one may read any volume of the series in any order, one should not. Truly, the allure of the series is in experiencing the growth of the characters and their relationships. In fact, two of the main characters, Dominic and Ursula, don’t make their debuts until books two and four, respectively. Is that important? Hmm...
Tell us a bit about yourself.
This is the part I doubt anyone really cares much about, so I’ll just insert my author’s bio blurb here, and if you made it this far, I want to say thank you for reading, but don’t stop now. The best is yet to come.

Dana E. Donovan grew up in New England where folklore and superstitions can mold a town’s history as much as its people. He exploits that phenomenon in all his books, perpetuating the enigma of small town life and the belief in all that dies is not dead.
If we want to know more about you and your books, where should we look?
First and foremost, you should check out my author page here on Smashwords.

If you would like to follow me elsewhere, try these links:

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Remember to look for book two in the series, Eye of the Witch. It’s FREE!
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Latest books by This Author

The Last Witch (Book 12)
Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 183,010. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
When Maggie Vaughn reports a burglary to the police, she’s hard pressed to explain how an intruder might come and go from her fourth floor apartment when all the doors and windows in the building are locked and nothing in her home has been disturbed. Do they chalk it up to the paranoid tendencies of a helpless young heiress feeling alone and vulnerable?
Soul of a Witch (Book 11)
Series: Detective Marcella Witch’s Series. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 125,730. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In book 11, a simple burglary escalates into murder when a witness turns up dead at the circus. With few leads and ample suspects, it’s all Tony can do to solve the case before the circus jumps. Complicating matters is Lilith, who suspects something nefarious has been harassing her ailing grandmother, and demands that Tony devote more time looking into the matter before it's too late.
Bury the Witch (Book 10)
Series: Detective Marcella Witch’s Series, Book 10. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 86,730. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Book 10 in the Detective Marcella mystery series: The safe is impregnable, the diamonds exceptional and the owners dysfunctional. So how is it that a twenty million dollar fortune could disappear so easily? For the boys of the Second Precinct, the answer is simple. Unfortunately, proving it is not.
Return of the Witch (Book 9)
Series: Detective Marcella Witch’s Series, Book 9. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 80,420. Language: American English. Published: October 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
The Guardians of Four, keepers of Earth’s elements, are disappearing under strange circumstances. Have they succumbed to a prophetical reality, or merely perpetrated the best internet hoax in recent memory? Either scenario could trigger a battle for control over the fifth element, the quintessential, and the possible survival of every witch on the planet. Word ct. 80,389
Gone Is the Witch (Book 8)
Series: Detective Marcella Witch’s Series, Book 8. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 95,240. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
Book 8 in the Detective Marcella mystery series finds Tony spearheading a rescue mission to save the kidnapped Leona Diaz. The problem is, to do it, he’ll have to travel to an alternate universe where the laws of physics take a back seat to the unpredictability of a quasi-dimensional reality. Word count 95,464
Call of the Witch (Book 7)
Series: Detective Marcella Witch’s Series, Book 7. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 78,320. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Book 7 in the Detective Marcella mystery series. When Tony calls on the witches’ coven for help in finding a missing girl, he learns that his reluctance to participate in a ritual with Lilith may have cost him the chance of finding her alive
Kiss the Witch (Book 6)
Series: Detective Marcella Witch’s Series, Book 6. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 77,240. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
(5.00 from 1 review)
Book 6 in the Detective Marcella mystery series has the boys of the Second Precinct investigating the theft of a pharmaceutical compound designed to synthesize the very essence of life.
Witch House (Book 5)
Series: Detective Marcella Witch’s Series, Book 5. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 92,490. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Book 5 in the Detective Marcella mystery series finds our detectives investigating the murder of an ex-con paroled from prison eighteen years after pulling off a daring armored car heist and absconding with six million dollars in cash. Now for the unlikely group of suspects in his murder, the question is not who killed Rene Landau; the question is what did he do with the money?
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 75,630. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Plenty is a strange place and not what it seems. There is a dirty little secret there, which no one talks about, and what roams around in the tunnels below the streets, no one dares mention. Johnny Beckman knows that certain crimes can get a man in trouble wherever he goes. What he doesn't know is that in the town of Plenty, none is more serious than that of being too skinny.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,210. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Alex Payne would do anything to bring his wife back from the depths of her watery grave. But when a voodoo mambo offers her help, he soon realizes that turning back the tides of life comes not without its repercussions. Word count 80,290
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