It’s the day before Thanksgiving… so I’m giving thanks to Donna Ball for taking the time to answer a few questions for my Romance/Chick-Lit Author Interview Series! This is so fun!!!
ME: Let's jump right in with what everyone wants to know: What are you writing now?
DONNA: I'm frantically trying to finish up a novella for Christmas release, CHRISTMAS ON LADYBUG FARM. The Ladybug Farm series is like chick lit for the menopausal set:)
ME: I’ve heard it called Hen-Lit… bwahaha! I love it! How closely do your characters resemble you? (Any particular quirk?)
DONNA: My characters are always MUCH more fun that I am! However, I notice in my romances that almost all the heroines have a cat. I too, have always had a cat, although these days she's far outnumbered by dogs.
ME: It always amazes me how many authors have cats. I truly believe they can be wonderful muses. Do you ever wish you lived a character’s life (not just in your imagination)?
DONNA: I think one of the reasons we write novels is for the chance to live someone else's life for awhile. The truth is, I can't think of a character whose life I wouldn't want to live!
ME: Me, too! Of course, I try to write only happy endings, and who doesn’t want one of those? Okay, on to something of utmost importance - Sunglasses (a particular fetish of mine): designer or drugstore cheapies? How many pairs are enough?
DONNA: I have extremely light-sensitive eyes (nothing to do with vampirism, I promise!), so I never leave the house without my sunglasses. I can never have too many pairs-- there is a pair in every room, in my car and in my purse at all times. With so many pairs of sunglasses, they have to cheap.
ME: *sigh* I love vampires… I don’t write about them though (although one in particular shows up in my fantasies from time to time. Shh, don’t tell). Speaking of appreciating the characters other authors have created - would you ever want to work on a combined project with your favorite author? If so, who?
DONNA: I've actually had the opportunity to collaborate with some wonderful authors in my career, and even ghost-wrote a romance novel with a soap opera actress once. Those were all great experiences. But these days I think I'm too set in my ways for a collaboration (another way of saying I like to be the boss).
ME: Ghostwriting – so cool! And I bet it was a lot of fun. As to collaboration: We authors can definitely be control freaks – or, I should say, I am. I’ve found that readers really enjoy connecting with authors… what is one thing you want your fans to know about you that they may not already be aware of?
DONNA: I have been studying belly dance for the past four years, and was even in a small dance troupe. I love the dance, but I'm really in it for the glitzy costumes:)
ME: Now you’re speaking my language! I love bling J. Thanks so much for being with us today, Donna. I hope you’ll come back and do this again!
Don’t forget to check out Donna’s featured book, Stealing Savannah, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Want to know more? Visit Donna Ball’s Amazon Author’s page fore her bios and a complete listing of her fabulous novels!
Happy Thanksgiving Eve!