Welcome, Donna. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m one of those creative people who must always be creating something. I find I’m happiest when I’m involved in projects.
When did you begin writing?
According to my twin brother, I started writing stories and poetry as soon as I learned the alphabet and I could hold a pencil.
Can you tell us about your story (or stories) in the anthology, Strange Portals? What inspired you to write it?
I love fantasy and sci-fi, but I rarely write short stories. ‘The Best Gift I Can Give’ is about a ballet dancer who has become quite arrogant about her ability. She idolizes her mother who died not long after she was born. She has a benefactor who pays for whatever she wants, including her lessons but he’s decided the best gift he can give her is to cut off her money. She has to get a job and can no longer afford expensive clothes. Along her journey, she makes friends for the first time in her life, and she eventually discovers who she really is, what her heritage is.
Please tell us about your other published work.
I write in fantasy/new age/spiritual/romance genres so my works vary. ‘Always’ is the story of two eternal beings and their circle of friends who come to Earth to gain lessons and accomplish missions. Simon (Einarr) is the main character who is 36-years-old. His best friend’s 16-year-old niece April is sure that she and Simon are meant to marry. Simon walks a fine line between avoiding her and insulting the family. This book is a roller coaster of emotions and sets the stage for a series of stories.
‘The Lone Hero’ is pure fantasy with romance sprinkled in. Einarr is born on the dragon home world of Aberforth with a specific mission – to end the dragon war. He’ll spend most of his life accomplishing this task. The 2nd in this series will be out soon. ‘Laurence of Dragon Fame’ is set in the 13th century and Einarr now must save the dragons from extinction on Earth.
‘Stepping Stones to Love Honor and Respect’ is a collection of my poetry ranging in several subject matters.
‘Gingerbread Castle’ is a children’s holiday rhyme book about a secret fun place in dreamland.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m working on several more books about Einarr and his friends, along with rewrites for ‘Laurence of Dragon Fame.’
Do you have a book recommendation to share with us?
I love most books so it’s hard to share just one, but I certainly think readers would love your book. I know I did. Also our ‘Strange Portals’ anthology. Every story in there was amazing, including yours. It would give the reader a variety of short stories, each unique.
What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Write, write, write. When it comes time to publish, take the jump but be sure that your book has been well edited.
About DM Yates:
DM Yates grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio. She started writing stories and poetry as soon as she learned to read and write. She attended BYU Idaho, BYU Hawaii, and BYU in Provo, Utah.
Although writing and poetry are her passions, she didn’t take it seriously to publish until her later years.
She is the Author of the fantasy/new age/spiritual romance stories, starting with ‘Always.’ The second in the series, ‘The Lone Hero’ was published in Dec 2013 and continues the tale of Einarr.
Her poetry book, Stepping Stones to Love Honor and Respect is a collection of poems dealing with various topics, such as love, honor, respect, spirituality, new age, pain, and Earth.
Her first children’s book was also published in Dec 2013. ‘Gingerbread Castle’ is a children’s holiday illustrated rhyme book for children ages 6 – 8-yrs old.
DM Yates is an independent self-published author.
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