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Monday, June 3, 2013

Author Interview - Donna K. Weaver

Please welcome Donna Weaver to The Far Edge of Normal! I met Donna a few years ago at a local writing con. She's a great person to talk to and a wonderful writer.

Donna K. Weaver has always loved reading and creating stories, thus she’s been ever entertained. A Navy brat and U.S. Army veteran, she’s lived in many U.S. states as well as South Korea, the Philippines, and Germany. An avid cruiser, she’s sailed the Pacific four times. When she retired from Shorei Kempo Karate with a black belt, she decided it was time to put her imaginary friends and places on paper. She lives in Utah with her husband. They have six children and eight grandchildren. 

Tell us about your writing - What genre do you prefer to write? What books, stories, other publications that you've written are your personal favorites? Anything new coming up?
I love many genres. That’s probably why my first book, A Change of Plans, is a contemporary adventure romance. Then I started a SciFi, then moved on to YA fantasy. The SciFi has decided it needs to be a trilogy, and YA fantasy needed to be a duology. Oh, and one of A Change of Plans’ secondary characters just needed to have his story told, so I had to write it, too.
What about you as a person? What do you do to relax? Favorite movies or tv shows? Hobbies?
My family and I are gamers. I’m a huge fan of Harvest Moon—I’ve even got a tribute to it in my mural room. I’m not into first-person shooters, but I enjoy the RPGs set up like Baldur’s Gate, Champions of Norath, etc. My family’s been fans for years of StarCraft and StarCraft2. When I come home from my day job, hubby and I frequently have dinner and play a couple of games before I settle in to writing.

"All writers must have cats, especially if they write fantasy or speculative fiction." Do you have a stand on this one? Any cute pictures of your kitty or other pet?

No. I don’t have one. Too many family members are severely allergic.

What organizations do you recommend for those wanting to become writers? Any advice you'd like to share about writing?

I belong to a wonderful online critique group, and I can’t tell you how much they have taught me. I’m a member of the American Night Writers Association (ANWA) and was able to join Authors Incognito after attending the LDS Storymakers conference. Both organizations provide both training and networking opportunities which are invaluable.

Any special appearances or events coming up that you want to mention?

Author Jordan McCollum and I are doing a joint launch party at the Orem Library on Saturday, June 8th. We’ll both have details on our blogs as we get closer to the day. So excited!

If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? What food would you serve?

Probably Jack Randolph. Who is that, you ask? RAFO. As for what we'd eat, at Jack's house, it would have to be a steak.

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A Change of Plans:

When twenty-five-year-old Lyn sets off on her cruise vacation, all she wants is to forget that her dead fiancé was a cheating scumbag. What she plans is a diversion uncomplicated by romance. What she gets is Braedon, an intriguing young surgeon. He's everything her fiancé wasn't, and against the backdrop of the ship's make-believe world, her emotions come alive.

Unaware of the sensitive waters he navigates, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship—on the very anniversary Lyn came on the cruise to forget. Lyn's painful memories are too powerful, and she runs off in a panic.

But it's hard to get away from someone when you're stuck on the same ship. Things are bad enough when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise's snorkeling excursions. Then paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped, and Lyn's fear of a fairy tale turns grim.