On the first Friday of April 2015, we are having breakfast with USA Today Bestselling Author Donna Fasano. Donna has written over 30 romance and women’s fiction books. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages.
Her novel, Following His Heart, won Best Romance of 2015 by Big Al’s Books and Pals Reader’s Choice.
For this April breakfast, I’m going minimalist with a hard-boiled egg atop shredded red oak lettuce, sprinkled with chia seeds and drizzled with white truffle olive oil. Donna, what are you having for your virtual breakfast?
I’m enjoying plump, juicy blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, and bananas topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt that’s been sweetened with a bit of honey. Mmmm!
That sounds wonderful! I actually have those ingredients in my fridge. Tell us about your writing process from concept to draft to revision.
I always spend lots of time with my characters before I begin to write their stories. I get to know them, their hopes and dreams, as well as all their foibles and flaws, and only then will I sit down and write up an outline. I see an outline as a roadmap. You can’t know where you’re going unless you’ve charted your route. Of course, that’s never a guarantee that my characters won’t take off on a little jaunt down an unknown side road. I always follow to see what they have in mind, and they rarely waste my time. If my characters take an unexpected turn, it usually means the book will be stronger and more entertaining. After I finish the first draft of a book, I read/edit the manuscript at least two more times. Then I send the manuscript to my team–5 hawk-eyed people who edit and beta-read for me. While they have the manuscript, I’m hard at work with a cover designer. It’s a pretty smooth process when everything goes according to plan.
I love the beach, plain and simple. I have wanted to write a series set in a beach town for some time. Following His Heart is the first book of The Ocean City Boardwalk Series. It features three women who have been friends their whole lives. They work together on the boardwalk. The books will feature the special bonds of friendship these women share, and of course each of them will find the love of her life.
What did you find fun/intriguing about writing Following His Heart and what was difficult?
I read an article about organ donation, and how one particular organ recipient reacted to her transplant. I was intrigued and researched further to find some fascinating stories so I decided to use this as one of the themes in the book. Sara is a widow who lost her husband in a tragic motorcycle accident and hasn’t been able to move past her grief. Landon arrives in Ocean City, Maryland, feeling a strange sense that he’s finally come home. Sara and Landon are attracted to one another, but they must deal with a complicated reality.
The series also includes a novella called An Almost Perfect Christmas.
Tell us about your next project and when it may be published.
I am currently writing the second book of the series. I hope Heather’s story will be ready for publication this summer.
Thank you for visiting with us, Donna. Let me pour us all another virtual cup of Oolong tea.
Learn more about Donna Fasano and her books at:
Amazon link for Following His Heart at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QQRIKXA/
… and for An Almost Perfect Christmas at http://www.amazon.com/Almost-Perfect-Christmas-Boardwalk-Novella-ebook/dp/B00NVKCSOM/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Donna-Fasano/e/B001HCXJW6/