Born in Chester, England, Donna became hooked on reading and writing after winning a Winnie the Pooh book in a school competition at the age of seven; and so, began her lifelong passion for stories. Whilst her career initially took her in another direction, as an accountant in the National Health Service, an ever-intensifying desire to write resulted in the creation of the character of Clara, the main protagonist of the Full Moon series, in 2011.
After writing as a hobby for five years, Donna decided at the beginning of 2017 that she likes to write more than anything else in the world, and thus began her professional writing career. Under the Light of a Full Moon is her first professional e-book.
SIX MINUTES WITH D.A. MCGRATH:
Joining LitPick today for Six Minutes with an Author is D.A. McGrath, author of The Full Moon series. All of her books have received 5 out of 5 stars from our student reviewers.
***How did you get started writing?
It started as a hobby. About seven years ago I got an idea for a character, Clara, and she became so real to me that I felt I just had to write down her story. I wrote for a few hours here and there, around my day job, and before I knew it I’d completed two books and started a third!
It’s only been in the last year that I’ve turned my hobby into a career – and I’m loving every minute of it.
***Who influenced you?
Anne McCaffery and Terry Pratchett, who have amazing imaginations, influence my writing. And reading about successful independent authors like Joanna Penn and Rachel Abbott inspired me to believe I could make my author dream become a reality.
***Do you have a favorite book/subject/character/setting?
Growing up, my favourite books were Enid Blytons “Famous Five” adventures. Of course, I love J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series, and also the Artemis Fowl character created by Eoin Colfer – I mostly gravitate towards action and fantasy/magic stories, but I also occasionally enjoy historical novels and crime thrillers.
***What advice do you have for someone who wants to be an author?
Read – a lot. What you read will influence the quality of what you write. Also, there is more to being an author than writing – whether you plan to be traditionally published or an independent (indie) author, you’ll need to be able to build up a supporting network of people who can help spread the word about your work, and you’ll need to understand how to market your work, so do some research in that area. Set really specific targets (both short term and longer term) so that you can celebrate each time you achieve one. And, as in any successful career, be patient - it takes time to become good at anything - learn from rejection, and your mistakes, but don’t let them put you off achieving your goal!
***Where is your favorite place to write?
At my dining table – facing the garden. It’s quiet and the view soothes me. Often, when I’m gazing out of the window for inspiration, the visiting wildlife will do things that make me smile or spark an idea.
***What else would you like to tell us?
I’ve loved every minute of writing and publishing my Full Moon series and I get a huge thrill every time someone reads one of my books and tells me how much they’ve enjoyed it. I’m working on my fourth novel in the series right now, which I’m hoping to get out in time for Christmas 2018. And I have an outline for a fifth book in the series, introducing a new villain, which will be published in 2019.
Thank you very much for joining us to share more about yourself, your inspiration, and your advice for others. We look forward to the upcoming release of books four and five!