Writers on Wednesday ~ Donna Weaver AND Giveaway!

Welcome lovely Donna Weaver today! We are tight, her and I. We emceed the Whitney Awards together. I had a really deep, sexy voice at the time, due to bronchitis; perfect for emceeing.

Donna is funny and clever and talented. Enjoy her interview then enter (Rafflecopter entry) to win the audiobook of her new book CHANGE OF PLANS. She will also be signing books on Saturday at the Orem Library, 2-4 PM.

What is your favorite snack?

Depends upon my mood. I try to eat healthy, so it's usually fruit or some nuts. Sometimes a cheese stick.

What's your most memorable high school experience?

Working hard to graduate a semester early, go to college for a semester, and coming back to graduate with my high school class. This was back before things like concurrent enrollment.

What is your favorite food?

Cheesecake (I have a great recipe for a healthy version)
You probably should share that with us! Maybe next year my Writers on Wednesday will be for authors to share their favorite recipes.

Do you have pets?

We used to, but our last dog died a year or two ago. We haven't gotten another one.

Do you eat or listen to music while writing?

I listen to music. I have a pretty broad taste, and I like music that matches what I'm writing.

Is there one book or author who changed your life/viewpoint/writing?

I would guess it would be the Harry Potter series which helped me embrace my inner geek. It was the first time a book or series sent me to the Internet in search of others who might want to discuss theories. This led to me being a moderator on an HP forum (The Leaky Lounge) for six years. I got to experience that phenomenon from the inside right through the final book. It was an amazing experience.
Wow! How cool is that? We should have a HP discussion group at one of the writing conferences.

What is one piece of advice you would give aspiring writers?

Just one? Be teachable. While we seek to find our own styles, we need to be continually learning so our writing can grow and mature.

What are your goals for 2013?

Get Elle's short story finished (she's Lyn's best friend from A Change of Plans), write Marc North's story for NaNo (he's Lyn's brother), and begin another round of edits on Torn Canvas (Jori's story--he's also from A Change of Plans).
I think you'll be busy the rest of this year. Good luck on your writing! And thanks for being here.

Donna K. Weaver is so excited about the release of the audio book of her adventure romance A Change of Plans that she and her publisher, Rhemalda, are hosting a giveaway. 

And there can be two winners!

When Lyn sets off on her supposedly uncomplicated and unromantic cruise, she never dreams it will include pirates. All the 25-year-old, Colorado high school teacher wants to do is forget that her dead fiancĂ© was a cheating scumbag. Lyn plans a vacation diversion; fate provides Braedon, an intriguing surgeon. She finds herself drawn to him: his gentle humor, his love of music, and even his willingness to let her take him down during morning karate practices. Against the backdrop of the ship's make-believe world and temporary friendships, her emotions come alive. 

However, fear is an emotion, too. Unaware of the sensitive waters he's navigating, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship--on the very anniversary Lyn is on the cruise to forget. Lyn's painful memories are too powerful, and she runs from Braedon and what he has to offer.

It’s hard to avoid someone when stuck on the same ship, and the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise's snorkeling excursions in American Samoa. Paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped and Lyn's fear of a fairytale turns grim. Now she must fight alongside the man she rejected, first for their freedom and then against storms, sharks, and shipwreck.


Donna K. Weaver said…
Thanks so much for having me over. And, yeah, I would love to have a Harry discussion. Any time. :D
Anonymous said…
Nice interview. And I want that cheesecake recipe!
Angie said…
Great interview! I continue to be so impressed by you, Donna! And I could use that cheesecake recipe too. :)
Lauren said…
Hey, Donna! Hi, Taffy! I see people are alive today. Great interview.
Valerie Ipson said…
Nice interview! The healthy cheesecake sounds intriguing.
Lindzee said…
I didn't know you were a HP moderator, Donna! How cool is that?
Taryn A. Taylor said…
Healthy snacks, Donna?--No, no, no--chocolate!:)--
I agree with you about being teachable--being writer is a humbling and satisfying process!
Canda said…
I can be bribed with cheesecake too--would love that recipe! I'm so excited for your audio book. Good luck on your writing goals. Thanks for sharing a great interview, Taffy!
Another vote for sharing the healthy cheesecake recipe. Cool HP connection too. Thanks.
Kari Pike said…
Yeah...about that cheesecake recipe...AND...I loved A Change of Plans. I am really looking forward to reading your stories about the other characters. Sounds like so much fun! hugs~
I want that recipe for healthy cheesecake. :)

(I enjoyed the interview)
Writers Unite to Fight Cancer is creating a cookbook to do a Kickstarter with. We'd love it if Donna would like to share brownie brownie recipe with us. More info @ http://writersunitetofightcancer.com/cookbook

I loved reading A Change of Plans. The audio version would be perfect for long road trips.

Margaret Turley
Thanks for sharing the life of Donna. She is one of a kind.
I hope you post the recipe.
I love cover on Change of Plans. Very inviting.
Jeanna Stay said…
Fun interview! And wow, ambitious goals. Go, Donna!
Julie Wright said…
My daughter lives and breathes for cheesecake. I find myself making it a lot to indulge her. I want a good cheesecake recipe as I'm always trying to outdo what I've done. Donna, and Taffy are awesome!
Heidi said…
Fun to get to know you better, Donna! Thanks, Taffy.

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