The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

The lovely and generous Donna L Bolk is here with me today!

I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Donna here today for a number of reasons...1. She is a fellow Wild Rose Press writer, 2. She is a fellow contributor (and debut storyteller!) of the exciting new series from Wild Rose, Class of '85 and number 3, she made me cry with her enthusiastic praise of The Arrival of Lily Curtis. What other reason do I need to ask you to put your hands together for my colleague and friend?

Hi Donna! Let's kick off the interview...

1. What is your writing routine?

Routine? That hints at being organized -- not one of my strong suits. I have one rule, write five days a week, some days I might write for twenty minutes others days it might be three hours. My weekends go to family and friends unless I’m on a deadline.

2. Which author/s inspire you to write?

I’ve always been an avid reader. But I can’t say other authors inspire me to write. Life inspires me, an article in the newspaper, or something I hear on the radio, I’m a big what if person.

3. Which is your favorite romance subgenre to read? To write?

I’m going to borrow an old line and say; "I’ve never met a subgenre I didn’t like."

4. How do you deal with criticism/rejection?

I listen with an open mind. I might change something or I might keep it the same. In the end if my story flies or flops, it’s on me.

5. What do you expect from an editor?

For me a great editor is someone who believes in my story almost as much as I do.

6. Tell me about your latest release

Getting It Right is the kick off story for The Class of ’85 a new series published by The Wild Rose Press, under The Last Rose of Summer line.

7. Tease us with a blurb or short excerpt

Tye tilted his head and looked at the boy out of the corner of his eye. "Done any jail time?" Not the best icebreaker, but it did the trick.

"I'm working on it," he said. "You?"

Squatting, Tye bent his arm and rested it on his thigh. "I'm not always right, son. But I am fast."

"Name's Keith." He dropped the cigarette butt into an empty beer can and grinned. "Rumor has it, fast beats right every time."

He'd intended for the off the cuff response as a joke. From the look on Keith's face, he took it for gospel. It seemed they'd found common ground but Tye didn't take that as a good omen. He'd already been where the kid could be headed.

8. Which is your favorite character in the book? Why?

I always fall in love with my hero, in Getting it Right its Tyler Jackson. Life kicked him around, it’s taken him twenty-five years, but now he’s kicking back and returning to his hometown to win the heart of the woman he’s always loved.

9. What is next for you?

I had a requested manuscript in the works for The Wild Rose Press when I received the invitation to participate in The Class of ’85. I loved the concept and I had been working on Getting It Right, so that all came together for me.

10) What are you working on right now?

Made For You, a romantic comedy, involving an uptight lawyer and a free spirited costume designer.

11) Your biggest piece of advice to aspiring novelists?

This is a tough business and it’s easy to get discouraged. Believe in yourself. There’s only one person who can stop you from being successful, and that’s you.

12) Where can readers find you?

My website and blog are in the design stage, in the meantime I can be reached at dlbolk @ hotmail . com

Loved the excerpt as I loved the story - can I ask one more question, how did it feel when you were told yours would be the debut story of the series?? I would've flipped, LOL! Bring on your comments and questions, Donna is waiting...


  1. Donna has emailed me to and asked that I let you know she is having trouble with her wireless connection right now but will be here to answer any questions as soon as possible so please ask or comment away!!

  2. Great interview, Donna. Getting it right is a wonderful story. I look forward to your next one!

  3. Oooh, I always fall in love with my heroes, too!

  4. Greetings to all,
    I'm sorry it took me so long to get here. My computer is still giving me fits, so my son put on his white knight suit and suggested I use his computer.

    To answer the question of how did react when I found out that Getting It Right would be the kick off novel. I cried. No lie that was my first reaction. I so loved this series, and wanted to be a part of it, coming out first was icing on an already great cake. My second reaction as I was at work was doggy treats all around. I own and operate a dog grooming salon, and my fur kids were there to share in my excitement. I'd like to add, I've read the other two books in the series, and loved them both. I'm totally hooked on Summerville and don't plan to miss a book.

    Jannine thank you for your kind words.

    Debra they're OUR heroes so we've got to love them, or they wouldn't be in our stories ;).

    Rachel I want to thank you for having me as a guest on your blog. This is my first blog interview, it's really nice to discover, it's fairly painless, (unless you count the bruises on my forehead from banging my head on the desk and saying not nice things to my computer.

    And my thanks to everyone for stopping by.

    Best wishes, Donna

  5. I'm way late commenting on this, but I love your interview and excerpt. I so agree We have to love our heros :-)