My guest today is Donna Steele, another Rebel Ink Press Elite Author. The Holiday Blog Hop has been exciting this far and I hope you’ve found some new books for your TBR “To Be Read” pile. Don’t forget to follow the hot link on my page for the Rebel Ink Press Drawing for the Kindle, gift cards and swag basket.
I visited with Donna and asked her a few questions to give you the opportunity to get to know the lady behind the computer.
1. Who is your favorite character in this book and why?
It has to be Ashley. She was neglected and abused as a child, but she escaped and grew into her strength. She proved that she really could reach for her dreams.
2. What inspires you for your stories?
Just about everything. I never know when a phrase or a picture is going to flip that switch. There’s a file on the laptop with “ideas” sometimes no more than a sentence. Attending the RWA* meetings helps too – I never know what the energy in that room with do to me!
(* RWA – Romance Writers of America – a professional organization for romance writers)
3. Tell us something no one else knows about you.
I wrote my first “novel” when I was eleven. No, it will never see the light of day again, but I did so enjoy writing it and I guess I’ve never really quit.
4. What genre classification would you put on your book and what would you consider the heat level of the romance?
Homecoming would be contemporary women’s fiction, which is a departure for me. I usually write science fiction or paranormal – but this story wanted to be written.
5. When did you start writing and what kicked off your passion to be an author?
Well eleven, but serious writing began a couple of years ago. A dear friend and mentor, Char Chaffin, published her first book – Promises to Keep – we had written together in the past for fun and she kind of kicked my butt out of the chair and said to finish up some of the ideas I had scribbled away on for ages. Can never thank her enough.
Blurb – Homecoming by Donna Steele
Upon the death of her grandmother, Ashley returns home to sell the family home. There she discovers Matt comfortably ensconced in the guest house, taking care of the family estate.
His love for the architecture and past grandeur of the old mansion tempers Ashley’s memories of neglect and abuse at the hands of the matriarch, and the town. As she and Matt work together, they begin to get the place, and their lives, back in shape.
Follow Donna Steele on to the next stop of the Rebel Elite Holiday Blog Hop Tour tomorrow at: Mary Sue Weir’s Blog