Interview: Donna Winters

I loved the answers so much by our author today, Donna Winters. She’s witty and smart and I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know her as much as I did through this interview.

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Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in a very scenic, remote, recreational area rich with history and natural resources. I started writing in 1982 and was first published in 1985.

Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?

cover-vinnie-websiteMy latest book, Adventures with Vinnie, tells the true story of my family’s experience with the adoption of an older shelter dog named Vinnie. He was such a character, so unlike any dog we’d had previously (we’d had seven), I had to tell his story. I’d like readers to first of all be entertained by the crazy things he did and how his actions impacted his “people” (my husband and I). Second, I’d like readers to learn from our experiences—our mistakes and our correctional measures. Third, I’d like to raise lots of money for animal shelters since all of my earnings from the sale of this title will be donated to animal shelters. I guess Number Three isn’t a reader take-away, but it’s important for readers to know.

Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?

My normal genre is Christian fiction. I’ve recently completed the draft of a women’s fiction story and now I’m doing revisions. When I’ve finished polishing, I’ll release it and move on to something else, perhaps back to the historical romance genre which is where I’ve done most of my work, or some other project, as the Lord directs.

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

Tough call. I can’t even remember most of the books I’ve read, let alone decide which is most interesting. However, since we’re on the subject of dogs with my latest title, I’ll say that A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog for All Seasons were both extremely well written and interesting. The first is fiction, the second is a memoir.

Favorite authors?

I have one favorite author: God. As to authors who are less divine, picking a favorite is like picking a favorite child, or since I’m childless, a favorite pet of all those who have graced my life.

Book you’re currently reading?

Laff it Off by Christian comedian George Wallace. Funny. Very funny. And his graphics (charts, pie charts) are a sketch, literally and figuratively! He hand-drew them. Too funny for words, which is probably why he drew them.

Any type of writing ritual you have?

Stand or sit behind computer. Pray for inspiration. Open WIP (work in progress). Reread yesterday’s writing. Add to it. Start this ritual between 5-6 AM daily and work until breakfast at 8 or 8:30. Next day, repeat same.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I like to walk the dogs (twice daily, weather permitting), roll out in the motor home to faraway or nearby places (spring through fall), launch our electric boat and move slowly and quietly across the waters of Big Bay de Noc to Snail Shell Harbor (only when waves are less than one foot), cross-country ski (again, weather permitting).

What is one of the things you’re most thankful for as a writer?

A husband who supports my efforts emotionally and financially!

In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?

The legacy they leave behind. Did they make a positive impact on the world with their words?

Where can we learn more about you?

Learn more about me and my books, and connect with me through links at www.GreatLakesRomances.com

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11 Comments on "Interview: Donna Winters"

  1. Cherie,
    Thanks so much for having me here today! I loved your questions and enjoyed talking about dogs and writing. Blessings!
    Donna Winters

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    Cherie Reply:

    Donna,

    Thanks for stopping by. Many blessings for your writing career.

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  2. Great interview. And you have an effective ritual. 🙂 What started you on your writing journey?

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  3. Great interview! I loved Adventures With Vinnie. I just posted a review on Good Reads.
    Blessings, Janice

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  4. Great interview. I am really impressed that you have a regular writing ritual and at that hour of the morning, and I love that your favorite author is God. I don’t know if you ever read “The Gift of the Jews” but it makes the argument that the Bible is the real source for the whole concept of beginnings and endings as they have come down to us in novels and literature. Of course, God is the author of all the creation besides the Bible.

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  5. I loved reading Adventures with Vinnie and laughed out loud at some of the scenarios. I hope the book is selling lots of copies!

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  6. Patricia,
    I started writing when the romance genre became wildly popular in the early 1980s. In 1984 I sold a contemporary Christian romance to Thomas Nelson. In the following years, Zondervan published two of my historical romances. Then both companies eliminated their romance lines, so I went Indie and developed my own series, Great Lakes Romances. I’m not a fast writer but I’ve been at it a long time and therefore have several titles in print. God has blessed me!

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  7. Janice,
    I’m so glad you enjoyed my Adventures with Vinnie! Thanks a ton for posting on Goodreads! I really appreciate your interest and your effort to post. Blessings!

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  8. Tyler,
    Thanks for stopping by! I have not read “The Gift of the Jews”. Sounds like an interesting title. Yes, God is the author of not just our Holy Word, but also of all that is. Comforting thought.

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  9. Hi Donna Simons!
    Thanks for stopping by. I’m so glad you were entertained by Adventures with Vinnie. That was my aim: to entertain readers first and foremost. Anything beyond that is an extra blessing. I’m always thrilled to know people laughed out loud at the funny parts of the story, because in retrospect, Fred and I were also laughing at ourselves and the crazy scrapes Vinnie got us into. To this day, we just shake our heads at the way he operated, always a step ahead of us, and often in the wrong direction. 🙂

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  10. Great interview, Donna! It was nice learning more about your writing and
    about you. Blessings on your work. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Kathleen,
    Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate it! Blessings!

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