Donna McDine’s stories, articles and book reviews have been published in more than 100 print and online publications. She has an Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions, a Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader, a Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention, a Global eBook Awards Finalist Children’s Picture Book fiction, and a Preditor & Editors Readers Poll 2010 Top Ten Children’s Book ~The Golden Pathway.
Donna’s recent releases of Powder Monkey and Hockey Agony will be joined by two more books to be published by Guardian Angel Publishing, A Sandy Grave, and Dee and Deb, Off They Go. She writes, moms and is a personal assistant from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, New York. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Children’s Literature Network and Family Reading Partnership.
Donna, when did you first know that you wanted to be a writer? My first thought of becoming a writer was when my father and I used to watch the show Lou Grant. Even at an early age, the whole process of researching a story gripped me.
What is the main message or theme that you hope readers of your books come away from it with? For both Hockey Agony and Powder Monkey – don’t let your current circumstances ruin you.
Do you have writing routine? A special pen, a certain type of music, time limits? No day is the same. I grab my writing time when I get it, whether 15 minutes or 30 minutes. Many authors hold full time or part time jobs and we jump on the chance when it comes. I always keep my To Do list with me, a pad of paper and pen. Yep, I’m old-fashioned. I don’t like to rely on technology. When a thought or inspiration comes to me I want to write it down immediately and not wait for technology to start up.
Do you enjoy edits/rewrites, or not? I find the editing and rewriting process fun. I always come across parts that I have left out or need to add in to make the manuscript better.
What is the hardest part of being a writer? The waiting.
Are there any common themes that you feel are particularly important to write about? Bullying and not succumbing to it.
When you’re not writing, what are your other hobbies/passions? Spending time with family and friends, gardening and walking.
Are you working on any new projects? Not at this time. I’m currently concentrating on book promotion.
Quick Fire Round Questions:
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
Rainy winter days or blazing hot summer days? Winter days with a snow storm rolling in and my family snuggled home.
Hard Copy or e-book? Hard copy
Favorite book? Too many to list
Last book you read? Bruce
What’s a quote that inspires you? “If you live your life properly your dreams will come to you,” by Randy Pausch
What’s your favorite comfort food? Chicken soup and grilled cheese
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