Donna Carrick


An author, Indie publisher (Carrick Publishing) and the host of Dead to Writes, the weekly podcast featuring short story readings and interviews with today's authors, Donna Carrick enjoys a genuine love for books and the literary industry.

Donna grew up in Canada’s military and now resides in Southern Ontario with her husband Alex and their three children. Along with their beloved family pets, the Carricks spend most of their free time in Ontario’s North Country. The First Excellence draws on their own experience in adopting a child from China.

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Donna joins host Cyrus Webb on ConversationsLive to talk about Dead to Writes:

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
As an Indie publisher (Carrick Publishing) my husband Alex and I are firm supporters of the Indie arts community. We believe independent publishing is critical in a changing literary industry landscape, to create a diverse and rich tapestry of choices for readers.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Mark Coker has devised and developed a brilliant platform in Smashwords. It has grown into a vehicle for authors in every genre to be able to reach the reading public.
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North on the Yellowhead and Other Crime Stories
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,770. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
What happens when an old flame is bludgeoned in an obscure prairie village? Or when a new love threatens a young family in Ontario’s isolated cottage-country? Donna Carrick is the author of The First Excellence (winner of the 2011 Indie Book Event Award), Gold And Fishes and The Noon God, as well as several short story collections. Her novels have reached over 100,000 readers worldwide.
EFD1: Starship Goodwords
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,660. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Carrick Publishing presents: EFD1: Starship Goodwords, the first in our series of cross-genre anthologies featuring a diverse selection of stories and poems. Compiled and edited by Donna and Alex Carrick, this collection includes: Mystery, Crime, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Literary, Paranormal, Science Fiction and Humor. There's something for every reader in this exceptional sampling.
Sept-Iles and Other Places
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,740. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
From the award-winning author of The First Excellence, a selection of 5 haunting stories by Donna Carrick -- Volume 1 of the Toboggan Mysteries series. Each compelling tale features a Northern locale, with characters and settings that will seem familiar to many readers. Stories include: North On The Yellowhead, Dancing With Carole, Invasion, The Night She Died, Spring’s Last Skate.
Gold And Fishes
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,330. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
From the devastated tourist beaches of Southeast Asia to the graveyard that was Banda Aceh, aid worker Ayla Harris sets out on a personal mission – to find her sister’s gold-hungry husband and return him to his family. Can Ayla expose a killer and avoid becoming the next victim as she and her team struggle to bring hope to a region that is drowning in despair?
The Noon God
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 32,130. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
Living in the shadow of greatness can be a difficult thing. Just ask Desdemona Fortune. When her father, renowned author J. Caesar Fortune, is found murdered inside the offices of the Faculty of Art, there is no shortage of people who carried a grudge against him. Now she must do whatever is necessary to save her only surviving sister from the far-reaching influence of an immortal.
The First Excellence ~ Fa-ling's Map
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,360. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Asian, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
What happens when East bleeds into West? Join Fa-ling on an incredible journey into the heart of mainland China. Searching for her lost heritage, Fa-ling encounters murder, kidnapping, political intrigue and organ theft. With Detective Wang Yong-qi and his brilliant but uncouth partner Cheng Minsheng, Fa-ling must uncover a high-stakes kidnapping plot – before another child goes missing!

Smashwords book reviews by Donna Carrick

  • The Same Moon on Aug. 04, 2011

    The full spectrum of human experience... The Same Moon by Junying Kirk is the tale of Pearl Zhang, a "spicy Sichuan girl" who grows up during Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution. More than just another "coming of age" novel, I found this to be a wonderfully-rendered character study. At all times fighting for freedom, Pearl entertains personal aspirations that are not in keeping with the expectations of her society. It would be an injustice to call The Same Moon a mere love story, although love is certainly at its heart. Nor would I label it a plunge into Asian tradition. It is more universal than that, thanks to the struggles faced by Pearl. We come to accept her, not as the 'perfect heroine', but as someone who is both flawed and strong, at all times reaching past her own imperfections to find "a better way". Having said that, if Chinese culture and the true plight of immigrants from the Far East are of interest to you, you will not be disappointed in this novel. Often cutting in its honesty, it will take the reader on a journey from oppression to freedom, from childhood to maturity, as Pearl slowly learns to discard her shackles and accept responsibility for her own dreams. Because our youngest child was born in China, I have a passion for learning about Chinese society. I was thrilled to discover this brilliant gem of a novel, and was even more delighted to find that the story held my interest from start to finish. I give this e-book 5 stars for honesty, the development of a compelling character, the depth of cultural understanding the author brings to bear and the compassion and generosity evident in each step of Pearl's long journey toward self-actualization. Well done -- I highly-recommend this book! Donna Carrick author of The First Excellence, Gold And Fishes and The Noon God