Posted in Writers, Writing tips

How to Write a Book – writing group

I began a little face-to-face writing group a few months ago. It was to help other writers pen a book from start to finish. I figured it would be nice to pay it forward. Plenty of people have helped my writing journey to enable me to complete three novels (plus plenty more idle manuscripts). Now I can pass on what I know (pitfalls and all) to keen writers.

The group is: and it’s free.

Yes, it is called Peregian Springs Writer’s Group but in light of us having to go virtual we are encouraging others to join. We will focus on:

  • Turn ideas into stories
    • What’s your niche?
    • Plot a novel
    • Plan a non-fiction book
    • Complete a memoir
    • Write regularly
    • Finding the right words
    • Drafts and edits (grammar and more)
    • Publishing your book

It doesn’t matter where a writer is at. They may not have written a word yet, or they could have completed a whole manuscript. I facilitate and the group learn, support, encourage, collaborate, chat, have fun – and most importantly write.

We have both fiction and non-fiction writers and I’m catering to both styles (I do have a few non-fiction manuscripts started). So if you’re keen to finish a book maybe you should join us at

Yesterday Laura Pettigrew wrote a featured in Sunshine Coast Daily where the group was mentioned.

I spoke to Des Deighton on 104.9 Sunshine FM this morning and we discussed the writing group and why it began. You can tune in at 10.30 am Monday morning at Sunshine FM

Thank you to both these journalists for picking up the story.

Posted in Elephant Creek, Writers, Writing tips

New Office to inspire the muse

Are you curious as to where I write?

Here’s a look at my new office. I still have a bit of arranging to do but it’s almost there. The perfect space to fit a desk, two laptops, trays, folders, stationery, bookshelf, filing cabinets, printer and of course – plenty of books (and pens) (oh, and notepads)!

Author Donna Munro's office.
My new office. I’m awaiting more of my books to fill the bookshelf.

Another advantage is when I turn around I have a water view – the pool. It’s tranquil and pretty to inspire my next book setting. Stay tuned for that.

Water views from author Donna Munro's office.
A pretty view from my office.

Today I had a phone interview in the office (my first). I know it’s Easter Monday but when a journalist calls it’s back to author mode. The lovely Laura of Coolum News was interested in Elephant Creek and we had a nice chat about what inspired me to write it (the old circus elephants of Currumbin Valley, plus the other two books The Zanzibar Moon and Kendwa’s Secret), what I’m doing next (a children’s book and more adult fiction) and other stuff. I’ll post a copy when it’s out. If you live on the Sunshine Coast look out for it.

Surprisingly, because Laura called out of the blue I wasn’t nervous while she interviewed me. It was more like a chat with a friend. I’m sure it will result in a great article. Any publicity is good publicity, right!

I’m also going to be in Seniors news both national and local, so look out for that. Hopefully, I’m also making inroads with local bookstores. Readers are loving the new book and I’m getting genuinely lovely feedback and seeing posts on Facebook and Instagram. Thank you, dear readers.

No makeup (yes, I am out of my PJs) in my new office.

If you know a bookstore or specialist store (like a beach boutique) who may like to stock my book please tell them to email me at Thank you.

Feel free to ask me any questions about my writing process. 🙂 xo