Brief Bio: While bestselling author Donna Alward was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts. Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love! Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and launched a new career. While her heartwarming stories of love, hope, and homecoming have been translated into several languages, hit bestseller lists and won awards, her very favorite thing is when she hears from happy readers.
Donna lives on Canada’s east coast with her family which includes a husband, a couple of kids, a senior dog and two crazy cats. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading (of course!), knitting, gardening, cooking…and is a Masterpiece Theater addict.
You can visit her on the web at www.DonnaAlward.com and join her mailing list at www.DonnaAlward.com/newsletter.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DonnaAlwardAuthor Twitter: @DonnaAlward
Q: At what point did you decide to make writing a profession? What got you started in
A: Once I finished my first full-length novel, I knew writing was what I wanted to do for a job. But I didn’t know where to start, so I surfed the web and joined the Harlequin online community. There was a ton of info to get me started, and I began the process of submitting and subsequently being rejected. ☺
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: Short answer: Forever. Long answer: I seriously sat down to write a novel in October of 2001. What came out was a romance, and I never looked back. I wrote ten manuscripts before I sold, in 2006, and to date I’m creeping ever closer to that 50th book milestone. I’m contracted up to book 49…
Q: What is your genre?
A: I’m a contemporary girl all the way – and mostly small town contemporary. It’s where I feel at home.
Q: If you could write in any other genre, what would it be?
A: Hands down, Regencies. I ADORE THEM. They are my not-so-secret reading pleasure. The idea of writing one puts the fear of God in my heart. I have a ton of respect for historical authors.
Q: Where do you get your plot ideas?
A: At this point, I’m a slave to the power of suggestion. My editor can say, “Do you know what I’d love to see?” and I’ll come up with something with that trope. I love it when people give me nuggets of ideas and then I can run with them. And if I get stuck, I have some brainstorming buddies that are very entertaining