Interview with DG Driver   1 comment

Today’s interview is with D. G. Driver. Welcome to the blog, Donna. Tell us something about yourself. 

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I grew up in Southern California, but I’ve lived near Nashville, TN for 13 years now. I miss the ocean every day. During the day I am the lead infant teacher at a Child Development Center in Nashville that helps both typically developing and special needs children. I am married with two grown step-daughters and a daughter of my own in high school. We are all performers. I once was a professional actress/singer, but now I enjoy doing community theatre musicals with my husband (and sometimes my kids). I’ve been cutting back to only one show a year lately so I can devote more time to my writing. I primarily write YA and Middle Grade fiction, but I have a story in an adult romance anthology coming out soon. I enjoyed writing that so much that I’m thinking of writing a full-length romance soon.

 

Anthologies are great for getting us to stretch our writer wings. At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer? 

This isn’t a light on or off question for me. I wrote purely as a hobby through school, and I even slowly worked my way through penning a horror novel while in college. I started submitting some stuff after I graduated from college, but I didn’t seriously consider writing as a career choice until after I sold my first story and had my first children’s play produced a couple years later. Slowly I phased out my acting pursuits and began focusing on writing instead.

 

Driver PassingNotesTell us about your writing process.

I like to plot out my novels in chunky outlines before I begin. Each paragraph of outline is what essentially will go into each chapter. As I write, the story often ventures away from this outline, and I have to readjust it as I go. As far as how I approach my writing time? Well, I squeeze it in when I can. Usually the bulk of my writing is done on the weekends.

 

What is your favorite genre … to read … to write?

I am a plot girl. I love books with lots of action and adventure in them. Quiet books about interesting people don’t grab me as much. I read a ton of YA, because that’s what I write. My favorite books right now are The Raven Boys series by Maggie Steifvader and all of the books by Sharon Cameron. I also love everything Libba Bray writes.

 

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about special education and arts education (particularly theatre and music). I am also passionate about keeping the environment clean and healthy, this is a theme imbedded in my Juniper Sawfeather book series.

 

Driver CryforseaWhen you are not writing, what do you do?

I watch a tremendous amount of TV. I didn’t when I was younger, but the invention of the DVR has changed my life. I only watch TV, though, in the evenings with my husband (sometimes the girls, if they’re interested). I’m partial to science fiction and fantasy shows, but I’m equally in love with classic films. Every day I spend a dedicated amount of time to my social media pages. I’m busiest on Instagram, Twitter, and my Facebook page. Once or twice a year I’ll get involved in a community theatre musical. I love doing them, but they are very time-consuming. There are two back-to-back at a local theatre this year that I want to be in – badly – but I probably will have to choose between them.

 

Have you written any books that made a transformative effect on you? If so, in what way?

I co-wrote a series of biographies on classical composers and a nonfiction book about The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. These were all published by Morgan Reynolds Publishers between 2005-2008 (written as Donna Getzinger). They were my first opportunities to work with an editor that did more than proof-reading, and the experience was intense. I learned a ton about research and revision doing these books. It changed my ability level and gave me a lot of confidence. While I’m not pursuing any non-fiction at the moment, I definitely use what I learned from that experience toward what I’m writing now.

 

Where do you get the inspiration for your novels?

I get some of my ideas from snippets on the news or documentaries. Sometimes they come from my own experiences. Passing Notes, for example, came out of watching one of my step-daughters communicate with her then boyfriend only through texting. I thought it was terribly un-romantic. Around the same time, cursive writing was being cut from a lot of elementary school curriculum (learned from the news). I combined those things to create that story.

My short story in Second Chance for Love was born out of a memory of when I was a bit younger and I got stopped for speeding. I remember crying, pitifully, because I knew I’d be late for work. I turned that around to wonder what a cop feels like when he stops people like me.

 

Driver WhisperWoodsFRNTIf someone who hasn’t read any of your novels asked you to describe your writing, what would you say?

I write about teenagers in realistic settings who encounter magic and fantasy and have to figure out what to do now that everything they know about what’s “real” has changed.

 

Do you have a special place where you write?

I wouldn’t call it special. I do have my own office in my house. It is very small and cluttered, but it is mine.

 

Are you a plot driven or character driven writer? Why?

I am definitely a plot driven writer. I like things to happen in stories, so I always create my plot first. My characters’ choices are decided by what is happening to them.

 

Do you write from an outline or are you a discovery writer?  Why?

I’m a little of both, as I mentioned above. My outlines are not super specific, just chunks of “what happens next” to force me along a road. When that little paragraph turns into a 15-25 page chapter, though, I find lots of things change, and my planned plot is constantly evolving.

 

What point of view do you prefer to write, and why?

I prefer first person past tense. Funny enough, a lot of my first drafts are in 3rd person, and when I revise them, I move them to first person. I like the immediacy of it. My novella “A Ticket to Her Heart” in the upcoming romance short story collection Second Chance for Love (Satin Romance, April 2016) is the first time I’ve written in first person, present tense. It’s a little odd to write like that, I found, because I can’t ever refer to something as a memory. It’s all happening right then.

 

I’m going to drop you in a remote Alaska cabin for a month. It’s summer so you don’t have worry about freezing to death. I’ll supply the food and the mosquito spray. What do you do while you’re there and what do you bring with you? If you’re bringing books, what are they?

I think I’d hike a lot. I used to hike often, but now I’m too busy. I’d bring notebooks and write by hand outdoors. I like doing that sometimes too. I would in fact bring books – lots of them. They’d be books I hadn’t read yet, because I don’t often re-read books. I might pick some by my favorite authors to guarantee they’d be enjoyable.

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Talk about your books individually.

Cry of the Sea is the first book in my Juniper Sawfeather series. In this book, Juniper, teen daughter of environmental activists, discovers real mermaids washed up on the beach during an oil spill. In her efforts to save them, she finds herself in the middle of a struggle between her parents, the media, the kids at school, a marine biologist (and his handsome young intern), and the oil company over the fate of the mermaids. Can she save them from being exploited? Or killed?

 

Whisper of the Woods is the 2nd installment of the Juniper Sawfeather series. Her parents have moved on to protest the logging of old growth trees. Juniper becomes obsessed with one giant tree, and it seems the tree is obsessed with her. Soon she finds herself trapped 150 feet up in its branches, and the ancient tree spirit living inside it doesn’t seem to be interested in letting her go or allow anyone to save her. Will her feet ever touch the ground again?

 

Passing Notes is a sweet YA romance novella about a ghost that teaches Mark to write a perfect love letter in order to impress the girl he adores. If he follows the ghost’s advice, will he win Bethany’s heart? A heart-warming story about love and family.

 

Driver 2ndChanceLove_FINALSecond Chance for Love is a brand new anthology of sweet romance stories about single parents finding new love. This is a not a YA book, although my story “Ticket to Her Heart” does feature a prominent teen character. My story is about a traffic cop (who is a single father of a teen) who falls for a woman he has ticketed for speeding. With his daughter’s help, he connects with her again, but he can’t tell her he’s the cop he gave her the ticket or it’ll ruin everything. This book is being released by Satin Romance in April, 2016.

 

 

Was it your intention to write a story with a message or a moral?

No, it wasn’t. For both of my Juniper Sawfeather books and my novella Passing Notes, reviewers are always pointing out the important underlying themes of environment or communication. I did put those in there, but the books are not intended to be message books. When I initially wrote Cry of the Sea, I was writing an action-packed YA fantasy novel.  Passing Notes was meant to be a charming romance that might bring out some tears toward the end.  The environment and written communication are important in these books, but what I really want young readers to take away that Juniper is a strong girl who cares about doing the right thing, and Mark is a good-hearted guy learning how to express himself.

 

What do you want readers to think or feel after reading one of your books?

I’d like readers to come away from my books with a desire for action. I’d like them to remember to throw away their trash when they’re at the beach or in the woods. I’d like them to make an effort to write a lovely note to a friend or boyfriend/girlfriend to share how much they care.

 

 

Where can interested readers find you and your books? 

My website:

www.dgdriver.com

My publisher:

www.fireandiceya.com

www.instagram.com/d_g_driver#

www.facebook.com/donnagdriver

www.twitter.com/DGDriverAuthor

 

Amazon Kindle:

Cry of the Sea – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IM0JF06

Whisper of the Woods http://www.amazon.com/Whisper-Woods-Juniper-Sawfeather-Novel-ebook/dp/B017V3F53K/

 Passing Notes http://www.amazon.com/Passing-Notes-D-G-Driver-ebook/dp/B00RMZBLJK/

 

 

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Cry of the Sea http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/409843

Whisper of the Woods http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/592274

Passing Notes http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/505480

 

 

Lulu (for print)

Cry of the Sea http://www.lulu.com/shop/d-g-driver/cry-of-the-sea/paperback/product-21464813.html

Whisper of the Woods http://www.lulu.com/shop/d-g-driver/whisper-of-the-woods/paperback/product-22442498.html

 

Second Chance for Love (no buy links yet, just the publisher link)

http://www.satinromance.com/coming.html

or find updates at www.dgdriver.com/the-ticket-to-her-heart.html

 

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