Wow, to say the lead up to an RWA Conference is a crazy time is an understatement. Running a multi-stream event takes a heap of organising. The team of fabulous volunteers put it all together over a year of dedicating their time and then some over the three days of conference. I have enjoyed every minute with the wonderful tribe of romance writers of all sorts (and they were out in force during the Twisted Fairy Tale themed Cocktail Party).
Though I was too busy to enjoy conference masterclasses, workshops, seminars, panels, forums and gatherings I did have a chance to meet many amazing writers who all shared their knowledge and stories willingly. I have come away boiling with writing ideas and renewed motivation to finish Elephant Creek (WIP) and start other projects.
Though I missed the panel on Alternative Income Streams: Maximising your skills I realise that is something that I must do. So while my part-time Administrative work for RWA is my focus as well as finishing my latest book Elephant Creek, I also want to use my Graphic Artist skills again. I’ll be designing book covers, business cards, postcards and bookmarks as well as helping other authors with press releases, book launches and other practical marketing tools. Very soon I’ll add a new tab to the website. If you know anyone after some of these services please send them my way.
My gorgeous granddaughter received a ribbon for a running race at her school. I was proud when she rushed over after school to show me. I can’t wait to have a photo taken with her. She’ll be holding her ribbon and I’ll holding my First Sale ribbon (in the pic). Technically my first book sale was in 2017 but this was my first (yep a newbie) conference so I took the opportunity to finally get it. Watching people collect their milestone pins made me realise that I am getting close to receiving the first one (5 books).
To some these badges may seem petty but I believe they encourage authors to move forward with their careers. It’s a token RWA members should be proud of. Some authors have completed over 75 books. I’m a long way off but we all have to start somewhere don’t we? And…as I was reminded by our keynote speaker (and Hall of Famer) Amy Andrews not many people finish a book – “Just get the damn book finished.”
So I will. And if you were looking forward to Elephant Creek I promise I’m setting a new deadline and sticking to it. I’ll keep you posted.
If you missed out on your copy of Kendwa’s Secret I have more in stock now. Go to my Bookstore to purchase or find a copy that suits you (paperback or ebook) on Amazon.
Sorry I’ve been absent from this blog. To say a lot has been going on is an understatement. I made a big move, began new jobs, decorated a lovely home (including home office), helped the dog adjust to the move (she’s snoring under my chair right now. I guess that means she’s settled), finalised some ghost writing jobs, tried to add to my manuscript (unfortunately not often enough), worked long hours, took in the sights of the new town, had visitors, celebrated another birthday (mine), saw more of the grandchildren and numerous other things that seem to keep me from this blog.
I promised myself a couple of weeks ago that I would write a post. Finally here it is.
In April I took on the role as Administrative Assistant at RWA (Romance Writers of Australia). Wow, I could hardly believe I could get this dream job and another with Design Stuff. Working from home with the collaborative, wonderful bunch of people at RWA has been amazing. I love that I get to help other writers live their dream, guiding them to an OWL (Online Writing Lab), which Facebook or Google group to join, how to become a member, what the membership provides and how to purchase tickets for the Melbourne Conference 2019 among other things – is a joy.
So you can see I have been busy but yes I am still writing. I am an author. The next book will be finished (eventually) and published for you to read. Bear with me.
At one of the events I was involved in this year Books by the Beach (Mooloolaba) I met lovely Ann-Maree Howarth. When she said she reviewed books I offered her a copy of The Zanzibar Moon. Here is her excellent review:
The Zanzibar Moon
The Zanzibar Moon
What an adventurest tale this book was from a heartbreaking New Year’s Eve to all the wonders of Africa. This has been the first paperback I have read in a while and I must say I really missed this form of reading. Donna Munro is a new author to me, an this is the very first book she has published. As an Australian, I really enjoyed the Australian lingo and quirks along the way. The flow of the story was good, it will hold your attention and keep you wanting to read and find out more. The author did also include a lot of African words and meaning to give you a very authentic feel to the story and you just might learn a few new words of African along the way. This kind of reading might be a bit of a distraction at first but stick with it the story will flow better after the author has given us a full description of Africa and the characters within it.
During this story will find our heroine travelling from her little suburban home in Australia to the dynamic country of Zanzibar where she is volunteering to find herself again. Alkina finds herself an empty nest and a too-time cheating husband at the start of a new year so she decided to fulfil her dream of going to Africa.
Dr Don Cloutier wanted Ali.
Kendwa wanted Ali.
Shaun wanted Ali.
Even Roger wanted Ali back.
Ali fell in love with the magic of Zanzibar and loved her job at the shelter helping the single mothers open up the old resort to support themselves and their children.
Will she find magic in the arms of another man? Could she just have a holiday romance and then return home to her children and friends? Or will this working holiday change her life forever?
“Maybe there is magic on Zanzibar after all.”
This book is full of wonder, magic, sadness, hope, regret, strength, sorrow, joy, love, chemistry, family, heartache, wildlife and most of all adventure that will fill you as you read. There was some part of the story I went really……but it was not my story to tell but the authors. It was a lovely change to the books I have been reading and I totally enjoyed this book even though I have had it sitting next to my bed for the last few months.
Thank you Anne-Maree, you made my day when I read this review.