Welcome to Fab Writer Friday!! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're a published author wishing to pop up here! I'm hoping to feature a writer a week so we can get to know each other.
The debut author is Donna Steele, a fab fellow Rebel Ink writer!
Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you as a person?
Yeah, ask something easy. I was a secretary for 50 years – went to work in the family business when I was 12 so I'm organized and efficient (read that lazy) and arrange things so I can get 'er done with the least physical effort. Part of that stems from the fact I was born with EB (a genetic skin disorder where any friction takes my skin off – like gripping the mop to clean the floor) – which I think made me more introverted and made the people in my imagination more fun than 'real' people. That's why I like to hang out with them more.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer?
When I started I didn't even know to label it. I've written stories since I was a little kid – finished my first novel at 16, just never stopped writing. Finally got the courage to share what I'd written. I'd been married to Hubby over 20 years before I let him read the first word.
What is your favorite of all the things you’ve written?
Like picking my favorite child… I really like “Dance Partner.” It's short but it hit the right notes with me and I liked the way I felt when it was finished. That said, creating the worlds I have in my science fiction books thrills me.
What are you working on right now?
Well, I write sci-fi paranormal and small town romance. Now I'm combined the two in a story I'm calling Before You – a woman gets stranded in a small town while on vacation and finds out a lot about the past of the town and herself.
What is your best memory from your childhood?
Christmas mornings with the family – Daddy had these big lights you used for 8 mm films and that added magic to going into the living room. He used those just for the ambiance long after he quit using the camera – LOL!
Tell us about a book you’d recommend. Why do you love it?
I really enjoyed Cyn Hadyn's Candles on the Beach – it's historical but not the England history everyone's come to expect – Japanese/Brazilian captain with New England young woman. I like that kind of surprise.
How did you end up writing for Rebel Ink Press?
Sheer unadulterated luck! I searched for small print editors and saw the genres they were accepting. I sent the manuscript in for Rth Rising and E liked it!! The best part is she accepted it before the rejections from other places arrived so I really did sell my first book on the "first" try! Met Cherry Adair the next day at a conference and she jumped up and down as excited as I was – I'll never forget that.
Describe a perfect writing day.
Home alone, total silence in my office with whatever friend I'm writing that day – Hubby gave me a great office chair that swivels and has a footstool – I love it!
Describe a terrible writing day.
I start getting group texts from my friends – each person answering and sending to everyone. I can't not check because it might be important but the distractions drive me batty. It's hard to get back into a scene then be interrupted again five minutes later.
Do you ever make public appearances? Where can we meet you in person?
Haven't yet. With eBooks it's harder to have a "signing" but I think I'd like to someday – that introvert thing immediately comes into play.
Where can we find your titles?
I'm at Amazon and Barnes & Nobles, AllRomance, and Dance Partner is also an iBook!
Courtney is a most fabulous writer and high school English/Journalism teacher. Her first novel, Cate in Flux, was released December 10! Watch for updates about future books that need to be part of your personal library. In the meanwhile, enjoy her pithy life observations.