Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Donna Weaver

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Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Donna Weaver, author of the romance novel A Change of Plans.

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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.

Welcome Donna!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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Author Donna Weaver

For my day job, I’m a city recorder and work with the mayor, council, and city manager. I also run the city elections, and this is my year. My day job right now is crazy.

I love to read all kinds of genres, so I like to write all kinds. So far, I have two contemporary adventure romances (and will be doing a third in November for NaNo), two YA fantasies that I’m editing, and 50,000 words of an adult SciFi that has decided it needs to be a trilogy.

As for hobbies or interests, I’m a gamer. My hubby and I enjoy playing video games together. We’re more into the RPG games like StarCraft and wish they’d come up with new games along the lines of Baldur’s Gate and Champions of Norath. I’m also a huge Harvest Moon fan.

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing in my office where I can, generally, work undisturbed.

 

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

I bought my desk at Staples. There are parts of its design that I like and others that I don’t. I’ll be taking into consideration the things that bug me about it when I shop for a new one.

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 Donna at her Workspace

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

I need my speakers since I listen to music while I write. I also need my headphones/mic since I use Dragon speech software when I’m writing new words. I don’t generally use it to edit with, except when I’m doing my final read through. Then, I let Dragon read it to me. It’s amazing the things you pick up when the machine reads it to you that you miss when you read it to yourself.

 

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

Quiet. It takes me a bit to settle into writing, so distractions *squirrel!* … ur. Sorry. A distraction is a bigger problem than the actual time of the distraction itself.

I love the large whiteboard my hubby made for me. I’m such a visual person that I like being able to lay out the scenes of my books on sticky post-it notes (that I can move if I need to). The board picture shows the YA fantasy duology I’m editing.

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Donna’s Scene Board

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Usually it’s just water but I do sometimes need caffeine. In that case, it’s Diet Coke with Lime.

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Donna as a baby

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

I can’t  choose one. For SciFi, it’s probably Anne McCaffrey (Dragonriders of Pern). For fantasy, it’s Brandon Sanderson, for sure. I haven’t read anything of his I haven’t loved. For romance … once again, there are subgenres. I love Sarah Eden’s regencies, Madeleine Brent for gothic romances, and Melanie Jacobsen for romantic comedies.

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

I have a day job, so I really only have a couple of hours to write each day. I come home from work, have dinner with my hubby (frequently), maybe play a game of StarCraft2, and then get to work.

3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

On weekends I can get in a lot more time writing. I’m an early riser, so I usually get right to work on Saturdays. I’ll have to break that up a bit with more mundane real life things like laundry and shopping. Maybe a movie with hubby.

 

4. Why do you write?

To give voice to the stories in my head. To learn. To be creative. Most of all, because it’s fun. Aggravating, frustrating, demoralizing, too. But those make me stretch, so it’s all good.

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Be teachable. Be a sponge and learn all you can. Attend writing conferences—if you can’t afford to go to a regular conference, participate in the free online ones like WriteOnCon. Network with other writers. Join a (good) critique group so you can get input on your writing. FINISH the book. I discovered that you don’t have a finished work just because you write “The End”. For me, the writing takes place in the edits. I don’t have anything to edit until I’ve finished the book. Some people spend their lives editing the first two or three chapters. Chapters that you might throw out anyway once you’ve finished the book.

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DONNA WEAVER’S AUTHOR BIO:

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Donna and her mom in Korean attire

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.

 

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Thanks  for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Donna!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

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25 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Donna Weaver”

  1. jeffo says:

    Great interview–it’s always fun to get a glimpse into a fellow writer’s head!

  2. I like that picture of you in Korea!
    We have a lot of the same habits when writing, as well as similar interests. I couldn’t do the white board though. Would take me a month to put it together.
    Keep working on that adult science fiction trilogy!

  3. Loved learning more about Donna. I didn’t realize how many genres she’s written in. And I loved the quote she left us with.

  4. Thanks for interviewing me. This was so fun!

  5. Pat Hatt says:

    Wow, you sure plan away indeed

  6. LG Smith says:

    I am shamed, SHAMED, by the organization of that story board of yours. You should see my jumbled notes all stuffed into a notebook held together with sticky tabs.

    And what a cute baby you were! :)

  7. That scene board is really cool. And the James Owen quote is new to me – love it! Love the photos too, very cute. :)

  8. Johanna says:

    Donna…what a cool day job. Bet it gives you all kinds of plot and storyline ideas!

  9. Cool! I get to visit Donna and Nutschell at the same time!

    Love your writing space, Donna. I’m envious.
    Great interview, ladies. 😉

  10. tcavey says:

    Thought you went on vacation, Nut? Guess I got confused.

    Anyway, great interview.
    Love the whiteboard! I need one of those. I have millions of sticky notes lying around. Mostly getting lost.

  11. Nas says:

    Great post and interview. Love the cover of A Change of Plans. Congratulations Donna!

    Thanks Nutschell!

  12. Hi, Donna & Nutschell,

    It’s nice to know some more about Donna and how she get stuff done with her crazy schedule. I’m envious of all that whiteboard space. Now that should make outlining fun.

  13. “Her dead fiancé was a cheating scumbag” made me laugh out loud Donna. I’m going to have to try to get an office one day that doesn’t have my 4-year-olds toys everywhere. Another insightful interview Nutschell.

  14. Wow! That was awesome, but I have to admit your ‘white board’ is almost scary.

  15. mooderino says:

    Where do you find the time? You must have a great work ethic. I really need to get me one of those white boards, it think.

    mood

    btw, you might want to try the new Neverwinter online rpg, sounds like it might be up your alley.

  16. Donna, I love that you like video games! And wow your board looks awesome!

  17. Melissa Bradley says:

    Love, love Donna’s spirit and attitude. I have a day job as well and find my writing time very limited. Terrific spotlight!

  18. Mark says:

    How cool to see where Donna works:) What neat factoids! Great interview.

  19. Fiauna says:

    Diet Coke is the fuel of creative minds! What a fun interview.

  20. Another great workspace. The books looks great, too! Congratulations, Donna.

  21. Loved the baby pix, the white board idea, and the dragon speech software info. I’m gong to have to check into that. Thanks!

  22. Lexa Cain says:

    Holy moly, I LOVE that desk! You’re so organized, Donna. I can see it in your desk and the big bulletin board (yay for hubby making it for you!!). I wish I were so organized and had as nice a writing space…
    Loved the interview. Thanks Nutschell and Donna! :-)

  23. So cool to catch a glimpse into Donna’s writerly life. I have a bad case of scene board envy now, thank you very much.

  24. Misha says:

    I also do most of my writing on Saturdays. Just easier for me to write when I have a block of unrushed time available.

  25. Hey Donna!

    I’m a gamer too! My hubby and I play World of Warcraft. That’s really great advice about writing. I find it to be true as well. If I spent too long worry about every detail in the process, I’d never get to the end.

    Thanks for a great post Nutschell!

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