Please give Donna Michaels a warm welcome to Authors4Veterans. We’re so happy to have her here.
Donna, do you have a personal connection to the military or what is the reason you chose to support Authors4Veterans?
Before I answer, I just want to thank you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful charity. ❤️
Yes, I do have a personal connection to the military—my husband, Michael. The military has been part of our life since day one. He was a year ahead of me in high school, we were friends, but when he went to boot camp the summer after he graduated, we started dating through the mail (no social media back then…lol) while he was at Ft. Benning, GA. Now, thirty-five years later, we’ve been married for thirty-one years, and have four children. Michael has thirty-five years part time National Guard, and twenty years full time active duty Army National Guard. He is part of the reason I chose to support Authors4Veterans, but mostly it’s for all the men and women who serve, and their families, and the sacrifices, I know firsthand, that they make for me, my family, and our country.
Oh, please thank Michael for his service. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where you’re from, where you live? Do you have one of those day-jobs?
You already know that I’m married, and that Michael and I have four children. Three are boys, Nick, then the twins-Kyle and Zach, then our daughter, Jestina. We live in northeastern Pennsylvania, where the fall is truly beautiful, and the winters are a much too long for my liking. I had all sorts of day jobs: data analyst, data entry, assistant shift supervisor at check printing factory, and I cleaned schools at night, but a few years ago, I was able to leave that behind to write full time. You can learn more about me and my books at www.DonnaMichaelsAuthor.com
Congratulations for being able to leave your past jobs to write full time. What is your latest release and share one detail from your current release with readers that they might not find in the book?
Since I’ve been working on my current book for the last two months, my latest release was back in June. I actually had two releases in June. THE RIGHT RANGER, Book 3 in The Men of At-Ease Ranch series, (it’s book 4 that I’m working on now), and ELITE PROTECTOR, which is part of Elle James’ Brotherhood Protector Kindle World. While I was writing this book, I lost my muse. My cat Halo was my writing partner for nearly ten years. Poor thing was diagnosed with cancer last year. She was a trooper, though. She lasted nearly a year to the date of that diagnosis. Needless to say, it was tough to finish the book without her. I actually had to find a new writing place. But, I do still feel her absence every day.
So sorry to hear about Halo, it’s so hard losing a loved one. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters of the opposite sex?
The most difficult thing about writing male characters is toning down their…um…unique way of expressing anger. lol I write realistic characters, so I won’t lie, sometimes I don’t bother to tone down the hero, or his buddies, if it doesn’t feel right for the scene.
I know what you mean about “toning down” the, eh hem, expressions. 😀 Do you write military characters in your books? If so, how did you research them?
Yes, I do write military characters in most of my books. If they are Army, I ask my husband or his buddies about the accuracy of my scenes. For other branches of the military, I have a few people in those branches I contact for the same reason.
Do you have anything you would like to say to our members of the military and their families?
I would simply like to say, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your sacrifices, and those of your family, are never, ever taken for granted in my house. God bless.
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