SQUEEEEEE!!! Okay, I’m a teensy bit excited to have Donna Alward here from my RWAC group. She’s also the one who turned me onto the #1k1hr phenomenon on twitter. We run into each other all the time there. She’s a fellow Samhain writer, writes for Harlequin and is a RITA nominee for 2012! Not only that, but today is her release day! GO DONNA!!!
A busy wife and mother of three (2 daughters and the family dog), Donna Alward believes hers is the best job in the world: a combination of stay-at-home mom and romance novelist.
An avid reader since childhood, Donna always made up her own stories. She completed her Arts Degree in English Literature in 1994, but it wasn’t until 2001 that she penned her first full-length novel, and found herself hooked on writing romance. In 2006 she sold her first manuscript.
Donna loves being back on the East Coast of Canada after nearly 12 years in Alberta where her Harlequin career began, writing about cowboys and the west. Donna’s debut Romance, Hired by the Cowboy, was awarded the Booksellers Best Award in 2008 for Best Traditional Romance.
Donna loves to hear from readers; you can contact her through her website at www.donnaalward.com, visit her facebook page, or through her publisher.
*taken from her website www.donnaalward.com*
Deep breath…here goes!
1. Who was your first author crush and why?
LaVyrle Spencer. She was my first, and you never forget your first, right? The first romance I ever read was VOWS and I loved it. She’s my favourite writer ever. I was so sad when she retired!
2. What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?
I think in a way I’ve always known. I definitely knew I always wanted to write a book. I wrote all through high school and university. But real life can be pretty, well, REAL, and I stopped writing when I entered the work force, got married, started a family. When I came back to it I fell in love with it all over again. It took me five years of consistently writing and submitting to get published.
3. What are some of your writer-esque quirks (do you have to be in your pjs? always facing the door? Do people look at you after something funny happens and say ‘that’s going in a book, isn’t it?’)?
I need a clean workspace. I’m a creature of habit, so I like it quiet, I need to be sitting at my desk in my office, and my desk has to be at least MOSTLY tidy. I can write somewhere else if I have to, but this is my habit and it puts me in the zone.
And yeah, I get those looks. I also get a lot of “you should put that in a book” comments for stuff that I know would never work. LOL!
4. Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…
The clown pulls a funny face and pushes every floor button on the panel.
The priest sighs, bows his head and prays: “Father, please let the elevator lift us up to our destinations to do thy will, amen.”
The writer takes out a note pad and jots down: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…
5. Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other:
Chocolate or flowers
Talk or Text
Mountains or Beach
Cowboy or Marine (you can’t expect me to choose one over the other!
Wine or Beer
Cats or Dogs
Ebooks or Paperbacks
Pantser or Plotter
Batman or Superman
Ability to fly or Power to be invisible
Prius or Hemmie
Follow the rules or Break the rules
TV or Movies
NY or LA
Vampires or Angels
Fall or Spring
Neat or Messy
Werewolf or Genie
Tell jokes or Pull pranks
Home cooked meals or Go out to a restaurant
Thank you Donna!!!