My special guest today has written women’s fiction under her own name and romance novels under her pen name, Donna Clayton, for New York Publisher Harlequin Enterprises. She has written over 30 novels which have been translated into nearly 20 languages and have sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide. So today, it my enormous pleasure to introduce you to Donna Fasano. Donna, welcome to my blog. Please relax, take a deep breath and then answer the rapid fire round:
Bontempi Organ or Chatty Cathy Doll?
Both! I played Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star with one hand while holding one of those bottles with the awesome ‘disappearing milk’ up to my Chatty Cathy’s lips.
The Muppet Show or Taxi?
Both! My favs were Statler and Waldorf, and Louie DePalma. If the three of them could have made a TV show…now THAT would have been something to see!
ABBA or Pink Floyd?
ABBA. Oh, no! Now I’ve got Waterloo running rampant in my head!
Please tell us a short joke?
What illness does a martial artist contract? Kung flu. (Hey! No groaning allowed!)
Razzles! When you first popped it into your mouth, it was a candy…once you started chewing it, it turned into gum. Mmmmm!
Did you ever wear thigh length boots or flared trousers like some of the 1970s stars of TV?
I never wore thigh high boots, but I did have wonderful bell-bottoms! The pair I wore most often were made of fabric with people’s heads all over it. I loved those pants!
How I loved bell-bottoms! So what was your favourite hairstyle/first make up you had when you were younger? My mother insisted on me having my hair in long bunches regardless of fashion. I looked like a sad Spaniel dog.
For a while, I sported a pixie hair cut (a la Twiggy) and I always wore lots of mascara. It was the thing to do.
Now I’m just jealous. I had purple eye shadow. Didn’t look good iwth bunches! What was the first record you ever bought?
I don’t remember exactly, but I’m sure it was something by Michael Jackson or Donnie Osmond.
So. what one mad thing would you like to do before you are too old to do it?
This past summer I went parasailing. I never would have thought I’d have the nerve to go up that high, but I did it!
There is no way I could do that. Well done.
As much as I’d love to chat about the seventies all day, I have to ask you some more sensible questions now. What is your favourite all time read?
Pride and Prejudice. I fall in love with Mr. Darcy every time I read that book!
What genre/genres do you write?
Most of my books are sweet romances, but I have written a couple of women’s fiction books too.
Where do you think up your ideas for stories?
Usually when I’m out and about. I will overhear a snippet of conversation, or meet someone with an interesting story, and my brain starts whirling.
What do you do to help you concentrate on writing?
This sounds so boring, but I need quiet to write. There so much going on inside my head!
What one piece of advice would you give to budding writers?
Just do it! Write, write, write. Most of the learning comes with the doing.
Many thanks Donna. It really has been a pleasure to meet you and talk to you. So finally before you leave, could you tell us something about yourself that we probably don’t know. Maybe something that doesn’t show up on your website? Surprise us!
Laughing is my favourite activity. Wait. I also love food, cooking it and eating it. There’s no better place to be than at the seashore, and the time of year doesn’t really matter to me. I love to socialize; friends are worth more then their weight in gold.
The Single Dad:
Ex-military man Derrick Richmond. Solitary and satisfied…until little Timmy was dropped into his lap and Derrick had to learn to be somebody’s daddy.
The Single Woman:
Schoolteacher Anna Maxwell. Fate might have denied her a family of her own, but Anna still had plenty of love to give, if only someone would notice.
Anna would teach Derrick all he needed to know about kids. Father and son would give Anna some precious memories. Then the schoolteacher and the single dad would go their separate ways. Unless one little boy figured out a way to make Miss Maxwell become his mom!
Donna Fasano’s excellent book, The Single Daddy Club: Derrick can be purchased at any of the links below: