It was faith and adversity that finally got author Donya Lynne to her desk to write. Now she is busier than ever.
Q: What are some of your current projects?
A: I’m currently working on my seventh “All the King’s Men” book, my third “Strong Karma” novel, my first novel in my new “Hope Falls” series, and have several projects sitting on the back burners, some of which I’ve begun writing. I’m also preparing two workshops I’ll be presenting to local RWA chapters. One workshop is on self-publishing and the other is on the writing craft of show vs. tell.
Q: What kind of adversity led to finally writing your books?
A: I’d been writing, taking writing courses and studying writing for ten years with the goal of one day publishing a novel when I lost my job. That was in July 2010. For the next year and countless interviews, I couldn’t find a new job. I even took a course in medical transcription and records management, achieving certification as a medical administrative assistant and records manager. I still couldn’t find work.
Before being let go in 2010, I’d been laid off from two other jobs. In hindsight, I now understand that the universe was sending me a message. I needed to write books and I was letting fear stand in my way. It was time to make the rubber meet the road, but I was keeping the car parked in the garage.
I remember the moment I decided I was going to take that car for a drive and give this “writing thing” a serious spin. I was at Whole Foods. I had become severely depressed and had barely been able to pay for my groceries without crying. I was in a bad, defeated place.
The day before, I’d received yet another call about yet another interview. My head said I should go. That I needed a job. But the thought of going to that interview made my chest and stomach hurt. It was like my heart and my gut were telling me that I already had a career. I just needed to get out of my own way and do it.
So I did something I rarely do. I prayed. I’m not a religious person, but I am spiritual and I do believe in God and signs. So there I was, walking out of Whole Foods into the parking lot on a cold January day right after New Year’s 2012, tears trailing down my cheeks, at my lowest low point. And I asked God to give me a sign.
Arriving home, I received sign after sign after sign, all of them pointing toward writing. It was like a tsunami of Divine intervention. I’d not experienced anything like it before…or since.
Needless to say, I skipped the interview and never looked back. Less than three months later, I published “Rise of the Fallen,” the first book of my “All the King’s Men” Series. The book was very cathartic for me. Anyone who’s read that book and knows my story can see how parallel Micah’s story was to my own. And his happy ending reflected mine, as well.
Q: What advice do you have for writers who must overcome obstacles?
A: My advice is to never quit. Obstacles are there to test you. Self-doubt is there to make for a worthy opponent in your quest for success. Nothing worth having should come easily. If it’s worth having, it’s worth fighting for. It’s worth testing your mettle for. If you’re a writer who gives in to the obstacles and the self-doubt and quit, then writing isn’t for you. You’ve got to want this. Writing books is not for the faint of heart or the thin-skinned. If you’re about to give up, it might just mean you’re on the verge of greatness.
Q: Where can people find your work?
A: My books are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and All Romance eBooks. Some of my books are also on Kobo, and I plan on loading the rest there soon. The best places to see my body of work are on my website, or you can visit my author page on Amazon.
Kerri S. Mabee