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1. Welcome, Donna! To bring everyone up to speed, why don't you tell us a little about A Change of Plans?
It’s the story about Lyn, a 25-year-old high school teacher, who goes on a cruise as a distraction to forget a bad experience. Of course, she meets an intriguing guy—it is a romance, after all. But Braedon’s not quite the distraction she had in mind. During a ship snorkeling excursion, both Lyn and Braedon are among the passengers taken hostage. Things get really interesting then.
2. What inspired you to write this story?
Since I’d only been able to write short stories when I was younger, I wanted to see if I could write a full-length novel. I did my own NaNo (since I was too late to participate in the official one), and managed to complete the 80,000-word story in 30 days. Then I went to conferences and joined a critique group and edited it a bazillion times. It was inspired by a dream I had about a guy and a gal who were shipwrecked on an island.
3. I heard there are pirates involved. Can we expect some action scenes?
There is some action, though it’s not very long. The pirates are more a catalyst for other things.
4. I know you love cruises. What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened on one of your trips?
When I was 13, we were returning to the U.S. after living for two years in the Philippines. I took my sister on deck with me to see Bird Island, about a day outside of Hawaii—it’s this rock that just sits out on the water and is covered with birds.
My little sister (6 at the time) had long hair that got tangled in my glasses. When she leaned forward over the rail to see better (I was holding her), her hair pulled my glasses right off … and overboard.
I know what you were thinking above when I mentioned her leaning over the rail. That’s exactly what my parents imagined when I went running to find them and gasped, “I … dropped … (unintelligible) … overboard.” About the time they leapt to their feet, my little sister (who couldn’t run as fast) came dashing around the corner into their view.
Yeah. Suddenly my glasses weren’t that big a deal.
5. Look around you. Which three things would you want, if you found yourself stranded on an island?
I think the same things Lyn did: toilet paper, sanitary supplies, and soap.
6. What’s your favorite season?
7. Growing up, what was your favorite toy?
A giant stuffed skunk I named Pepe le Pew.
8. What's your go-to snack on a bad day?
9. Stretch your right arm to the side. What's the first thing you touch?
10. If you could have dinner with any author—alive or dead—who would it be, and what would you have?
Jo Rowling. Butter Beer
11. What's one book you've read more than once?
If I love a book, I always read them more than once. One that always lifts me up is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
12. Favorite author whose name rhymes with Kerry Putler? ;)
Clever girl! Of course it’s that fabulous Carrie Butler who wrote Strength. *fans self* One word: Wallace
13. What an unexpected surprise! Thank you. ♥ Lastly, where can people find more info about you and your books online?
Donna K. Weaver has always loved reading and creating stories, thus she’s been ever entertained. A Navy brat and U.S. Army veteran, she’s lived in many U.S. states as well as South Korea, the Philippines, and Germany. An avid cruiser, she’s sailed the Pacific four times. When she retired from Shorei Kempo Karate with a black belt, she decided it was time to put her imaginary friends and places on paper. She lives in Utah with her husband. They have six children and eight grandchildren.