Focus on #womensfiction: Asked For by Colleen L. Donnelly

http://lorilrobinett.com

Asked For

I’m happy to have Colleen Donnelly joining me today. Colleen and I met while both writing madly to win National Novel Writing Month several years ago. She’s now one of my critique partners. Her second book was recently released by The Wild Rose Press, so I asked her to share some info with my readers. Please join me in welcoming Colleen!

Colleen, could you tell us what Asked For is about?

Cletus asked for Lana when she was barely more than a child. He told her grandmother he wanted a wife, not a bride, someone to keep his house the way he wanted it and to give him sons. He got more daughters than sons, and he also got James: “That boy,” the one Cletus claimed wasn’t his. Jim Dillon wanted Lana — he always had. He just hadn’t expected her to be taken away and married to someone else so soon. Glen Morgan recognized the beauty underlying Lana’s worn features, and he stepped in where Cletus hadn’t, offering help to her and her children. Lana grew up under Cletus’ demands, fulfilling what was expected of her — until his accusations that she’d done the unexpected and been unfaithful. Lana no longer looked at what might have been or what could be. She discovered what was most important, and she found it inside of herself.

http://lorilrobinett.com

Colleen J. Donnelly

And what about you? Who is Colleen?

Born and raised in the Midwest, Colleen is at home in that rural atmosphere but enjoys experiencing other cultures also. She works as a laboratory technician by day, but devotes her nights and weekends to literature, both reading and writing. Other hobbies include outdoor activities, treasure hunting in antique malls and flea markets, yard work, and theater.
Would you share an excerpt from Asked For?
She wore her auburn hair longer now because Cletus liked it that way, but it was pulled back out of Magdalena’s and Betsy’s reaches. And no makeup. She’d come plain, the way she always was, plain and tired.
“I probably am a sight.” Lana felt her face flush, but tried to ignore it. She wasn’t here to be told how good she looked. She was here to see Grandma, see herself and her new life against her old one and the person who’d told her how this new one was supposed to be lived.
“You look just fine, actually.” A tall shadow filled the shed’s doorway behind Grandma. “If anything, you’re a sight for sore eyes.”
“Jim…”
Jim Dillon stepped from the shed’s dark interior. He’d changed. She was shocked at what he’d become. He’d grown in three years, muscles where scrawny arms used to be, tanned skin and chiseled features where softness used to be. There was still the boy in his eyes, though, the boy who’d helped her with chores before she left to get married. The boy Grandma had said really wasn’t there to help Lana but was there because he needed the pay. A bucket half full of milk dangled from one of Jim’s hands. Grandma was right again. He was here not because Lana was but because he needed the pay.
Jim didn’t stare at her daughters, or the bulge of her stomach, or the worn dress that covered it. He just looked at her face, his eyes scanning every feature as if relearning, even admiring, who she’d become.
Where can we find Asked For?
The Wild Rose Press e-book (various formats available)
For the Kindle
Also by Colleen L. Donnelly and available from The Wild Rose Press, Inc., and RomCon Readers Crown finalist – “Mine to Tell
Thanks for stopping by, Colleen!

The Big Easy Blog Tour

I’m honored to be a part of The Big Easy Blog Tour. My friend, Tierney James, who I was lucky enough to meet at the Ozark Creative Writer’s Conference a couple of years ago nominated me to follow her. She and I ended up at a big table for lunch one day and discovered that we had something in common: scrapbooking. A little bit later in the conversation, a friend of mine mentioned that my husband had gotten me a sniper rifle as a gift (I mean, seriously, what says love like that?). Tierney immediately perked up and we compared notes about what we like to shoot. We’ve been friends ever since – there aren’t many friends that I can talk to about shooting and scrapping!

Anyway, on to the tour:

What am I working on? I recently submitted a manuscript to the Crimson Rose line of The Wild Rose Press for their upcoming Lobster Cove series. I’m very excited about that possibility. I’m also working on Diamond in the Rough, which is a follow up to my soon-to-be-published novel, Denim & Diamonds.

How does my work differ from others of its genre? I write romance and mystery, and most of my books have a bit of each in them. One thing that makes my books stand out from others is my legal experience. I’ve worked in the legal field for about 20 years, and my stories are usually inspired by some nugget of truth I’ve come across in real life. For instance, Denim & Diamonds was inspired by a client who wanted to leave her horses and ranch to a niece, but she wanted to make sure the ranch would be well managed.

Why do I write what I do? I’ve always been inspired by strong women. When I was young, I read novels and was disgusted by the wimpy, swooning women. I was thrilled when female characters began to grow spines, and take on the bad guys – both in romances and mysteries. Whatever genre I’m writing, I love writing about characters who inspire me. Hopefully they’ll do the same for my readers.

How does my writing process work? Well, that’s a good question. Personally, I tend to write by the seat of my pants. The process of turning off that internal editor and getting words on the page is a must, otherwise, I’d never get a manuscript finished! That said, the more novels I get under my belt, the more pre-writing work I do. For my current novel, I’m using index cards to plot the scenes before writing them. Oh – and Pinterest helps. I pin images that remind me of my characters, settings, etc. It serves as inspiration, and helps to fix the characters in my mind. Here’s the page I used as inspiration for Denim & Diamonds.

http://carypress.com/denim-diamonds-by-lori-robinett/

Denim & Diamonds by Lori Robinett

Please join me on the Big Easy Blog tour next week as we visit these writers:

Colleen Donnelly: Colleen lives in the rural Midwest with her dog, Mia. She believes in hobbies, hard work, and down time. Her first book, Mine to Tell, is historical fiction, and her second book, Asked For, will be released soon. Check out her blog here.

Angela Drake: Angela has been writing most of her life. She writes in several sub-genres of romance as well as a wide variety of freelance markets. Sometimes research crosses both her fiction and non-fiction journeys. She loves speaking at conferences, judging writer competitions and mentoring others who share her passion. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her ever-supportive husband of twenty-seven years and various fur-babies. Her first book was just released this month. Check out her blog here and look for her book here.