It is my privilege to present Donna to you. Her non fiction Christian book, On My Own Now, is a must read! Find out more about her book, or her virtual tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotions here:
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I asked Donna to share some things with you, her readers and fans. Here is what she said:
First of all, you should know that what I do is a surprise to me. Although I have always kept travel journals, when it came to writing for school – I sucked! I had an internship my senior year in college – a pass/fail class. Other than working 15 hours a week, the only requirement was a final paper. I failed the class. My prof, Leedom Lefferts, commented on my paper that it was pathetic and to come see him. He made a deal with me: Go to the writing center and have them help me fix that paper and he would change my grade to “pass.”
The tutor who worked with me at the writing center was a friend of mine, Stephanie DeVance, and she did a wonderful job – better than any teacher or professor ever had – at explaining to me what was wrong with the way I communicated.
Add to my poor writing the fact that I hated to read before I was 24 and who would have ever thought I would be a wordsmith? Not me.
My degree was in behavioral science and I worked in social work for about the next decade. I did some newsletter writing and grant writing and became a decent written communicator.
Then in 2000, I decided to “retire” from professional social work to do some social work at home – my elderly grandparents needed a full-time caregiver in order to stay in their home, which was their desire. That was a challenging and rewarding experience, but it didn’t pay the bills! I needed some income and I was in a pickle about how to get any. I couldn’t get a job that required me to be away from home any length of time because of my grandparents.
I found a job at a local weekly paper writing feature stories. I just had to leave home about three hours a week to conduct interviews and the rest I could do from home at my convenience. From there, I got another journalism gig and then started freelance writing and editing for a magazine. That’s how The Quilldriver started.
I was really enjoying this new venture and I realized I had a sort of talent for editing. A lot of people were asking me to edit their writing. One day while I was on the potty, I thought, “I’d like to be a publisher in five years.” I have a lot of thoughts on the potty, but most of them are flushed away. But not that one.
I didn’t do anything deliberate to advance that goal, but just kept working with words. Then one day, a manuscript landed in my hands and the light went on: I should publish this. That was Walking Man: A Modern Missions Experience in Latin America by Narciso Zamora.
Two years later, my wordsmith business, The Quilldriver, had added publishing to its services. Now I have decided to focus on the niche of inspirational/devotional books for young adults, and On My Own Now is the first book in that direction.