Donna Schwartze is the bestselling author of Eight Years, The Only Reason, Wild Card, Truth or Tequila, and The Runaway Bride of Blitzen Bay. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She also holds a Master of Arts from Webster University.
Originally from Jefferson City, Mo., Donna now lives in Kansas City where she runs a management company for professional athletes. Donna is an avid yogi and plans to still be able to do the splits on her 100th birthday.
Contact Donna at email@example.com.
Q&A With Donna
When and why did you start writing?
I’ve been writing all of my adult life—first in journalism school and then in corporate communications. I started writing fiction when we got locked down in early 2020 because of the Covid pandemic. Writing a novel provided a lovely way for me to get lost in another world for a while and forget about all the craziness that was going on in the real world. By August 2020, I had published my first book, Eight Years. Now, I’m hooked on writing fiction!
What was the best advice you received as a new author?
I read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron before I started writing. It was inspiring in so many ways. I’m paraphrasing, but one thing she said was to write something you would enjoy reading yourself. The fiction books I love to read are heavy dialogue. As a reader, I get lost in a lot of description. I was worried that my readers wouldn’t like the format, but they love it. The comment I get the most is that my books are a “fast read.” That’s exactly what I wanted. As a reader, I love a book that I can’t put down.
Your books feature very strong female protagonists. Is that important to you?
Definitely. For the genre, I believe in an alpha male. I think it works in fictional romance and certainly adds a lot of steam. But I needed to even out that bravado with an equally strong female character. One of my reviewers of The Trident Trilogy said “Personally, I appreciated the strong female character, who wasn’t afraid to use her sexuality.” That’s exactly how I wanted readers to feel about Millie.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes, but I’m not sure I realized it. From a very young age, I’ve had stories swirling around in my head. When I was growing up, I didn’t know being a writer was a way to make a living. I was raised to be practical—get a “real” job. I followed that playbook for fifty years, until I finally decided to be impractical. I wrote my first book when I was over 50. It’s really never too late. I have five books out now and plan to be writing well into my golden years.