Donna Fletcher Crow is the author of 45 books, primarily novels of British history and mystery, including the award-winning Glastonbury. This is her fifth in the popular Monastery Murders series. Donna and her husband of 50 years live in Boise, Idaho. They have 4 adult children and 14 grandchildren. See all of her books and pictures from her garden and research trips at www.DonnaFletcherCrow.com
What drives you as a writer?
The story I am telling! All of my stories, whether historical or contemporary, have elements of British history in them, especially Christian history. I am passionate about telling what these men and women of faith suffered and accomplished in times past so that we can enjoy the fruits of their labors today/
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
For many years my answer would have been: Reading, drinking tea or gardening. Now I have a new favorite "hobby." Playing with my grandchildren. My husband of 50+ years and I have 14 grandchildren. Our family is spread from Boston to Calgary to Tokyo, with one family, thankfully, living here in Boise. One way or another I always manage to have a young person around to help keep me young.
Christmastide in the Monastery and Antony is narrating a film series on the English Mystics. And--drum roll-- Felicity and Antony are getting married. If only Felicity can keep her mother from staging a Royal Wedding--and if she can escape an exceptionally insidious murderer.
Marian Allen's Hot Flashes are a delight. A complete short story in just a few lines: a conversation, a sketch of a scene or a character and then, the stinger in the tail. (tale?)
Flash fiction is to a short story what Haiku is to epic poetry.
Donna Fletcher Crow
If you haven't yet met Mercy Allcutt, Alice Duncan's heroine of the Angel Flight series, listen to me, you really, really DO want to meet Mercy. The spunky, but proper, daughter of blue-blood Bostonians turned loose in the speakeasies, opium dens and (gasp) barber shops of Roaring 20's Los Angeles is a true delight. I love the way Alice has turned the stereotypical dumb blonde sidekick/girlfriend of a hard-bitten detective on its head in creating Mercy. I'm wondering whether or not Alice has created a new subgenre in this hard-bitten cozy.
Oh, yes, and all you animal lovers--just wait till you meet Rosie, the miniature black poodle. And then there's streetwise, 12-year-old Barbara Ann, And did I mention Ernie Templeton AKA Sam Spade? All great characters.