Why do you write fiction?
I write fiction because I enjoy exploring my creative side. My job that pays the bills is very technical, so I look forward to exercising the right side of my brain.
Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
The idea for The Rebel Wife evolved from our current-day journalists chronicling the Iraq War. I wondered about the “embeds” of the past and decided to research the newspapermen of the American Civil War. From this emerged the character of Jackson Porter, a physically and emotionally scarred Yankee journalist on his way to the federal prison in Maryland to gather information for a news article. I immediately hit upon the perfect foil for such a hero – a dyslexic, southern Rebel willing to use any means to free her brother from prison. Jack is all about words, a seeker of truth, while Louisa sees everything in a distorted light. The story of these two people coming together is filled with emotion and conflict.
Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
My ideal reader would be someone who enjoys a story where the fictional tale is wrapped around true historical settings and characters, especially those set during and after the American Civil War. Most of my reviewers comment on the wonderful blending of romance and history that pulls them into the story.
Please describe your writing routine.
Some writers start with characters, some the story. I try to find a good balance between the two. Since I enjoy reading historical romances, I start with a basic story premise and brainstorm what type of characters would best fit that story. I adore strong, alpha men, so in most cases, my hero is connected to the military. My heroines tend to be independent and strong-willed, which both perplexes and intrigues my alpha heroes.
What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Read, read, read. There is no better way to learn than to see how other authors develop a story. If writing a historical novel, do your research, but don’t include all the facts. Sprinkle them in as needed.
More about The Rebel Wife:
When war correspondent Jackson Porter lies to a Union patrol to save a red-headed rebel, he gets something he never expected – a wife. But with her knowledge of corruption at the federal prisons, Louisa is his best chance to deliver the topnotch article his newspaper editor expects. The one thing Jackson didn’t count on was a burning desire for his pretend spouse.
Louisa Carleton needs a miracle, even if that miracle comes in the shape of an arrogant, highfaluting Yankee. With her brother’s imminent death in prison weighing heavy on her mind, she has no option but to join forces with the enemy. Can she save her brother from a vindictive prison commander while still protecting her heart, or will Jackson stir dark memories she wants to forget?
How to connect with Donna:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ DonnaDalton@DonnaDaltonBks
Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Rebel-Wife-Donna-Dalton-ebook/dp/B009WVBZXY