I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book. --Groucho Marx

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Interview & Giveaway: Donna K. Weaver

Hey everyone how are you doing? 

Today I have with me Donna K. Weaver author of the book A Change of Plans. I will be interviewing this lovely lady.Now onto it.

What do you think makes a good story?
For me, it's about connecting with the characters. There can be a great plot, but if I don't care what happens to the people, I won't read that author again.

What is one book or series you can’t live without, yours or other?

That's a tough one because there are so many that I love.  Two of my favorites series are Harry Potter and Anne McCaffrey's Dragonrider of Pern series.

Which of your characters would you be most or least liking to invite or for dinner? And why?
I'm not going to consider the murdering pirates, since it's obvious why I wouldn't share a meal with them. ;) As for someone I'd like to share a meal with, I think Elle would be fun. She'd keep the conversation lively with her gift of pulling people in and making them feel part of the discussion.

When did you consider yourself a writer?
It was embarrassing when I first started writing fiction to tell someone I was a writer. It seemed presumptuous. Then an online friend of writing friend of mine, Donna Hosie, said something that really struck home. She said she hoped one day to be an author (she is, btw, with three published books under her belt now), but she would always be a writer. 

And she's right. We're writers, regardless of whether or not we're ever published. After I read her comment, I considered myself a writer.

Do you read reviews of your books? If so do you pay any attention to them or let them influence your writing?
My goal is not to read the reviews. I've discovered that reading is such a subjective experience--for example, I loathed Mockingjay, and I'm not alone, but I also know just as many people who loved it. My publisher said she'll read the reviews and pass on any useful comments that might improve my writing because I'm all about learning and getting better.

What was one the most surprising things you’ve learned in/while creating your books?
How much more fun it is to get a story out of my head and completed. For most of my life I've had little flights of fancy going on in my mind. But they were incomplete, the characters not fully fleshed out. I like it better this way.

How important do you think villains are in a book? Favorite book villain, any book?
Villains certainly play their role. Life is full of villains, but they don't necessarily have to be bad people. They can just be people with different agendas than you (or your protagonist) who get in the way. A villain can also be nature or circumstances. Think of The Old Man and the Sea.

As a rabid Harry Potter fan, I enjoyed Voldemort and how Rowling showed us three half-blood Wizard boys (Tom Riddle, Severus Snape, and Harry Potter) and the different paths they chose.


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 fiancé 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.

Their confusing relationship is bad enough, but when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise's snorkeling excursions in American Samoa things get worse. 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 has always loved reading and creating stories, thus she's been ever entertained. A Navy brat and U.S. Army veteran, she's lived in many U.S. states as well as South Korea, the Philippines, and Germany. 

An avid cruiser, she's sailed the Pacific four times. When she retired from Shorei Kempo Karate with a black belt, she decided it was time to put her imaginary friends and places on paper. She lives in Utah with her husband. They have six children and eight grandchildren.


Below are the book trailer and the giveaway good luck.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for having me over for the fun interview!