Exclusive Interview with
Dr. Donna Marks
When did you start writing?
A few years ago
What makes writing your passion?
I write for the sole purpose of helping other people.
How long have you been writing?
For fun, all my life. Professionally, a few years.
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
The book is a condensation of my personal and professional life experiences.
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
I don’t seem to have it.
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
It’s my mission to help others. Writing is one venue to achieve that purpose.
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Find a good mentor.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
I haven’t had a bad one yet.
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
It’s humbling and affirming.
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
Yes, though my book is non-fiction.
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
No, but it’s definitely a hook for readers.
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
I like the interaction.
How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?
Embarrassed in public. If someone values the book, It feels like I’ve done my job.
Who is your favorite author? Why?
Sigmund Freud snd Winston Churchill. They are both quintessential writers. Education+ Passion + great Story tellers + Skills.
What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?
As big as the universe wishes me to be.
Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?
My first. It could be so much better with a good editor.
If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?
What would you say to the “trolls” on the internet? We all know them – people who like to write awful reviews to books they’ve never read or didn’t like that much, just to annoy the author.
I might have had one on my first book. I’m not sure. What goes around, comes around.
What would you say to your readers?
I love you guys and thank you for your interest and support.
Share a bit about yourself – where do you live, are you married, do you have kids?
What is your day job if you have one?
What are your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
Bicycling, cooking, listen to music, puzzles, gym, foreign films, classic literature.
Did you have a happy childhood?
Is there a particular experience that made you start writing?
My entire life.
Do you have unpublished books? What are they about?
Ones coming - it’s spirituality.
What do you think should be improved in the education of our children? What do we lack?
Teach them to care for one another rather than focus on differences and past mistakes. Focus on their gifts and skills - develop those.
If you were allowed 3 wishes – what would they be?
My wishes have come true.
What is your favorite music?
Classical and classic rock.
Share a secret with us 🙂
It wouldn’t be a secret any