I’ve always been a storyteller. As a child and teen, I told stories to my friends; as a young mother, to my daughter. In school, I’d get in trouble for not paying attention. Well, I was paying attention—just not to the teacher. It was the story unfolding in my mind that held me in its thrall. Despite this, I attended university on a full scholarship and graduated with a BA in English Literature.
I’ve worked in my family’s business, for a publishing firm, a Fortune 500 company and in the not-for-profit sector. Where ever I’ve worked, I’ve found inspiration for story and character.
I write what interests me—history, people and relationships. A lot of that ‘relationships’ stuff centers on the interplay of couples through the phases of life—courtship, children, jobs, politics, friends and family—and the stresses that appear. As I live in this century, I prefer escaping to another. Researching other times for my stories yields information that’s new to me, satisfying a yearning to know what is to me unknown. Combine that with personalities and relationships, and things can get mighty interesting!
Oh, and I like a bit of magic in my stories, those plausible but unsubstantiated little ‘ooh’ moments that make the hair on the back of your neck stand on edge until you realize it could be real.
Hi Donna, I’m heading to the pitch conference this March and appreciated reading this blog post! I’m from Philly and looking forward to the New york state of mind 🙂
I’ll check back here from time to time! Hope to hear from you soon. Shoot me a line if you have the time.
What a terrific opportunity! Conferences are always invigorating creatively and technically. The Pitch Conference covered both aspects of the writing life.
Enjoy yourself in NYC. 🙂