Eilean Donan Castle by DRW Photography

Monday, June 16, 2014

Donna Fletcher Interview

~ I wanted to add some wonderful video of Eilean Donan Castle by DRW Photography. I hope you enjoy it.

Below Christopher Lambert in Highlander, 1986 (feat. Eilean Donan Castle)

Yes as you can tell I love this castle. Actually I love them all over there. But DRW Photography does such a great job that I can't help but love these the best.

~ OK so now for my Interview with Donna Fletcher. I have to say this is a slightly odd feeling for me. I so love this woman and her books. So to be able to do an interview is like getting the perfect gift for Christmas. I just love this lady and her books. Please take the time and check her Website out.

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1.            Tell us about yourself
I’m a USA Today bestselling romance author of over 30 books, but that’s standard info about me which is available most anywhere. Let me tell you some different things about me. I love to write and I love romance. I’m an avid reader just like many of you. I’m overjoyed when a favorite author of mine has a new release and I love finding new authors. I have tons of fun haunting secondhand shops and garage sales for books, from fiction to research books, and items for my flea market style garden. I love to travel, take pictures, and collect memories along the way. I’m a people-watcher. How can an author not be? People inspire characters. A snarky response, a delightful laugh, a tearful greeting can have a character popping into your head and taking root. I’m also a daydreamer, another must for an author. I dream of heroes and heroines and what ifs, and before you know it a character introduces him/herself to me and a story is born. I also love tea; hot, cold, herbal, anything tea! And let’s not forget wine. A nice glass of wine after a long day of writing is a reward I give myself. As far as any romance in my life... here is where the scene fades away and leaves it to your imagination. 

2.            Tell us about your recently released book?
The Highlander’s Stolen Heart is the first book in the Macinnes Sisters trilogy. I am having so much fun with the three Macinnes sisters. They are each unique and yet in many ways the same. When the oldest sister Heather is abducted on her way to meet her future husband, the other two will not rest until they find her. The first book is about Emma, the youngest Macinnes sister and her efforts to find Heather while trying desperately to ignore the fact that she’s falling in love with her sister’s intended. Arguments and sparks fly between the two, but then so does love. Emma fights to find her sister and fights the feelings she has for her sister’s intended. And she may just have to fight the most notorious mercenary in the Highlands to rescue Heather. 

3.            When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?
Sometimes I look at the meaning of a name, but mostly I choose names that, to me, fit the character I’m writing about. In The Highlander’s Stolen Heart, the hero’s name, Rogan, was a perfect fit. His name has subtle strength and that’s Rogan. He’s strong in so many ways and yet he does not have to pound his chest to demonstrate his strength. The heroine’s name Emma evokes a sense of steadfastness and intelligence. I purposely named the middle Macinnes sister Patience because she is anything but patient and it allows me to do so much with her character. I chose Heather for the oldest sister because when you see heather in full bloom covering the hills in Scotland, its beauty steals your breath, and that’s Heather, a beauty. 

4.            Out of your books, which is your favorite book, and why?
That is such a difficult question for an author to answer. When I’m writing a book that hero is my favorite at the time. Then, of course, there’s a book that seems to stay with you long after you’ve written it. The Irish Devil was one and it seems readers feel the same, since I continue to hear from them about the book. The hero and heroine, Eric and Faith, are memorable and I think that’s what makes the book special just like Cree and Dawn from Highlander Trilogy. That couple haunted me while I was in the middle of writing the Warrior King series. How can anyone ignore Cree? He simply overpowers. It was Dawn, though, who stole my heart once I met her... a woman without a voice. It was a challenge to make sure she was heard even though she could not speak.  

5.            What book, of yours of course, would you want made into a movie and who would play the main characters? (if you  had the option)
This may seem strange, but I have never given that thought. My hero and heroines are quite real to me, their images strong in my mind when I write about them. I never think about my characters resembling any actor/actress. Perhaps I fear that no one could ever do them justice.  

6.            Do you have any tips for our readers that might dream of writing?
Read, read, and read some more in the genre you’re interested in writing. Learn all you can about the craft of writing. Read books or articles on the Internet on all aspects of writing. I haunted my library when I started writing. I took out every book on writing the library had to offer until I had read every one of them. I also amassed a collection of books on writing. One other thing that was a tremendous help to me was joining a critique group. I learned so much about writing and made life-long friends along the way. Today, publishing is much different from when I started out. It’s a brave, new publishing world. You don’t have to wait for a publishing house to buy your book, you can put it up for sale yourself. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your homework and learn, and keep learning. So, do your homework before you take that leap, keep writing, don’t give up, and have fun along the way. 

7.            Tell us anything you want?
It pays to dream. When I was young I gave thought to being a writer. I would start a story and then think it was terrible and throw it away. I dreamed about writing on and off through the years. Then one day I realized I wasn’t getting any younger and if I ever wanted my dream to become reality I had to do something about it. So, I started reading books on writing. I joined New Jersey Romance Writers where I met a great bunch of women and got involved in a critique group. It was there I met my first agent and sold my first book. I’ve been writing and publishing for over twenty years now. So, dream and keep dreaming, but don’t forget to take action on your dreams if you want them to come true. Because dreams do come true! Happy dreaming!
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