Today it is my pleasure to welcome to my blog fellow Anaiah Press romance author, Renee Donne. I sat down with Renee for an informal interview. Take it away, Renee!
1- Please introduce yourself.
Hello everyone and Mrs. N. I am Renee Donne, author of Runaway, a historical Christian romance.
2- Why did you write Runaway?
I wanted to write something light and fun, but still with a little excitement and danger. I have always had a fondness for historical romance. I had an idea of how my heroine should be, and what kind of hero she would need.
3- Your book sounds so exciting! Was it difficult to write in that time period? Did you have to do research?
It wasn’t too difficult; it is one of my favorite time periods for historical romance, so I am familiar with it. Yes, I did a bit of research. I wanted to make sure the cities and towns along the railroad and stagecoach line for Marianne’s flight west were actual places in that era, and also that the indian raids occurred in that same timeframe and general area.
4- How long did it take you to write Runaway?
It actually took longer than it should have, because I kept putting it down to work on other things, coming back to it a couple of time.
5- How did you discover Anaiah Press and aren’t they the best?
I have known about Anaiah as a Christian publisher and was excited for the opportunity to work with Kara as my editor.
6- Talk about your writing process. Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you have any writing habits you’d like to share?
I am a plotter. I tend to be very organized, and as a I get an idea for a story, I write it down as I think it through. I put together an outline of the basic scenes and add to it as I write.
7- What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Just that, if this is truly your passion, don’t get discouraged. Keep writing.
8- Besides writing, what else are you passionate about?
Besides writing? Well, I like to cook and entertain, trying out new recipes on my guests. But, that would be more like a hobby. I love to be outside, walking on the beach, riding my bike with friends on the trail, or just sitting on the veranda. A lot of my story ideas are formed on long walks along the shore.
Thank you for your time, Renee. Have a lovely day!
Thank you for inviting me to join you today, Mrs. N.
Runaway by Renee Donne
Release Date: July 29, 2014
After Marianne discovers her bankrupt stepfather sold her into marriage to the highest bidder, she flees Philadelphia and heads west to start a new life.
Unfortunately for her danger follows. First, a stage coach accident leaves her stranded in the middle of nowhere – with an injured driver. And henchmen, hired by her spurned would-be husband, are hot on her trail, threatening to return her to Philadelphia and the man who is determined to own her.
Just when things seem hopeless, Marianne is rescued by a handsome, cowboy who offers temporary refuge. Knowing she can’t refuse, yet wary of his intentions, Marianne finds herself drawn to this quiet, enigmatic hero. But is he someone she can trust?
Renee Donne is a native Floridian with a penchant for writing books with a western theme. In her head she’s a world traveler and an amateur chef. In real life, she’s a hometown girl with an affinity for fine wine and good friends. Her favorite place to write is sitting on her veranda, overlooking the beach.