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Author Spotlight | Donna Mintey

Brothers Grimm inspired author Donna Mintey, shares her writing tips with us and gives us a glimpse into what works she has planned for the future.



Q - How old were you when you first wrote something substantial?


A - I was aged about twelve years old when I first wrote something substantial. It was a story about the Suffragettes movement complete with illustrations. I have always found that stories with images tend to have more of a voice for me. My Humanity teacher was so impressed by my story that she had it printed in the school magazine. It was a very rewarding experience.


Q - Did you have an aspiration to become a writer?


A - Yes, but it was more of a desire to write stories or poetry to my illustrations at first. I would look at artwork in books when I was younger and make my own story up to match the illustrations.


Q - What is the best advice you have received?


A - I have received loads of brilliant advice over the years. I am a collector of idioms (old sayings), so I could give you a list, but my favourite is a quote from Maya Angelou – “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” 


Q - What advice would you give to an inspiring writer?


A - Let your imagination run wild and have some fun.


Q - What did you find easiest and hardest about writing?


A - Because I have several young grandchildren I know what kind of subjects children like, so the theme and storyline were the easy parts thanks to my grandchildren's input. The hard part was putting it all together and then making rhyme.


Q - Was it faster to write a book or have it published?


A - I work at a very fast pace. Once I am in the “moment” I don’t want to stop! The book took less time for me to write and illustrate, than it did to get published. I had heard from other publishers, but Olympia were the fastest to respond.


Q - What was your favourite part of the book?


A - I think my favourite part of the book is where the witch’s cat becomes a monster – “With big pink eyes and stripy blue hair, long claws and teeth. The cat despaired.” My grandchildren love this part too.


Q - Do you have any plans to publish more?


A - Absolutely YES! I’m in love with writing and I am currently working on a follow up book called “Potion of Plenty” which will be the second life of the witch’s cat.


Q - If you could review Olympia in just a few words, what would they be? 


A - Olympia are far quicker to respond to manuscripts than any other publisher. They worked in harmony with me throughout the entire production process and produced a high quality book. They also stuck to the proposed schedule and marketing plan, so I would highly recommend them.  



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