Author, Speaker, Theater Critic

Month: July 2015

Welcome to my blog, Donna Kelly Writes!


Imagine walking away from your career to embark on the most fascinating, at times frightening, journey toward fulfilling your lifelong dream.

Would you do it – even if it meant discovering reality was not quite what you expected?

I’d do it again faster than you can say, “Go write a book!”

I’m blessed to be living my dream – writing novels, teaching writing classes, public speaking, and reviewing community theater performances.

In 2012, at 52 years old, I leapt from the craziness of a constantly changing newsroom to the equally challenging world of publishing and self-employment.  Scary? You bet!

Rewarding? Oh yeah.

I cut my teeth on cozy mysteries but now I’m delving into the paranormal realm with what I call the “book of my heart.” The Spirit of the Derry Down was inspired by the legend of the late country rock pioneer Gram Parsons and the listening room where he and other musicians honed their talent in the 1960s.

I’ve not penned a bestseller or made national talk shows, but I’m doing what I love, and sharing my passion with others who feel pulled to write, but don’t know how to start. Sharing is the most important word in the last sentence.

Some folks believe being an author is all about words and solitude.

But it’s not.

Writing stories is about people – how they think, what they do, their motivation, places they live and work, their loves, their hates, their world.

It’s about their friends and families, pets, bosses, and co-workers. What are their dreams and schemes? Their job and hobbies? Beliefs and realities? Failures and successes? Fears and tears? The list is endless.

And fascinating.

During my nearly 14 years writing for newspapers, the stories I found most interesting were the quirky tidbits uncovered while interviewing sources for articles assigned to me. Each story taught me something about people and the world. Many ideas for my books were sparked during these interviews.

Books ignite their own sparks. Researching a novel takes me to places I’d not visit otherwise. I meet the most extraordinary people who might never have crossed my path. My world expands with each discovery – music, food, architecture, theories, books, ideas, beliefs, friendships – found solely through talking to people and getting to know them.

Each discovery is like a treasure meant to be enjoyed and shared. This weekly blog is a way for me to pass along the gems I find along my path as an author, explorer, and observer.

You’ll find book reviews, Q&As with emerging musicians, anecdotes and photos from research interviews, answers to reader questions, wisdom gained along the path, and anything else I think will intrigue you!

I look forward to taking this journey with you! If you’d like to receive my blog updates on a regular basis, please subscribe to my blog feed.  You can also stay informed of my public speaking appearances, book progress, and other interesting notations on my Donna Kelly Author page on Facebook and at DKellyWrites on Twitter.

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