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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Donita K. Paul and Free Books!

PhotobucketGod uses unusual people to nudge two people into a romance.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Reinventing Rachel, by Alison Strobel, is:

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Now let's revisit with novelist Donita K. Paul, author of Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball (WaterBrook Press, October 2010).

PhotobucketDonita K. Paul has written three Christian romances, four novellas, and eight Christian fantasies, plus two picture books, short stories, and magazine articles; puppet plays and a melodrama performed one memorable night at her kids' high school. After an early retirement from teaching, she dove into a second career of writing. Her stories have captured the imagination of the students she left behind plus their parents and grandparents.

With awards sprinkled here and there in her writing career, she feels compelled to share what has worked for her with authors just starting out in their careers. Therefore she mentors writers of all ages and is best at giving encouragement.

Donita lives in a hobbit hole not far from Pikes Peak in Colorado. She enjoys cooking, beading, stamping, knitting, and her grandsons. Not necessarily in that order.

Yeah, I know the grandsons aren't at the bottom of the list!

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

-- There is a fountain outside my office window.

-- I love dogs and an occasional kitty.

-- I would like to own an African Gray Parrot.

-- I would love to be a soup chef.

-- I already have my Christmas shopping done.

I'm almost there with the shopping too, Donita! I love getting it done early like that--I find it's easier to enjoy the holiday season that way.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball.

PhotobucketThis book is about two mischievous matchmaking booksellers, who make sure that tickets to the annual old-fashioned Christmas Ball fall into the right hands each year. This year's unlikely couples include a pair of single people who work together but have no awareness of each other. You must read it to find out if Simon and Cora discover a perfect chemistry in their opposite personalities and shared faith!

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

Cora is a relatively new Christian, having been raised in a very dysfunctional household. She struggles with identifying what is truly worship in Christmas traditions and what blocks her drawing near to God.

Simon has been surrounded by strong Christians all his life, but he is content with the status quo and needs to connect with other people in order for his faith to grow.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Two Tickets is a feel-good read similar to a Hallmark made for television movie. The surface story is whimsical with quixotic characters and fun adventures. But the underlying story delivers affirmation of the holiness of the Christmas season. There's a touch of magic but it does not take away from the miracle of our Savior's birth.

If a publisher contracted you to write a fictional account of any one real person, who would you choose to write about?

Laura Bush. I think I would cast her as the queen in a fantasy where her unheralded support defines the direction of the kingdom. I'd give her a magic room full of books where she can absorb wisdom and one book that clarifies truth out of a jungle of lies, half-truths, and deceit by omission. She'd be tempted by evil wizards: Pride, Power, and Security.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the mind of a fantasy author! What a fun answer.

Choose an inanimate object to represent you. Explain what you have in common with that object.

A night stand. There are few pieces of furniture in the house that are as underappreciated as a night stand. That's where you put your glasses, water glass, nighttime pills, and most importantly, the lamp for reading books in bed. I enjoy being a support person, not necessarily heralded as a useful being, but steadfast and available when needed. I like being called up to live up to my role often and would not want to be a trunk in a closet that is useful, but not involved in daily life.

Good point. A night stand isn't always noticeable until it's taken away--then you realize how much you need it. We would definitely notice if we didn't have you around, Donita.

What is the last book you read that you would recommend? 

Venom and Song by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper. First, these men are my friends and I am ever so impressed by their commitment to God and to our young people. Second, the story is intriguing, not your run of the mill, stock fantasy. Third, they use an unusual narrative style that is not the current, approved style and I found that very refreshing.

What are you working on now?

Dragons of the Watch. It is the last book in the Chronicles of Chiril series. I'm loving the twists and turns in this story. And there is a cast of very naughty children, who give the hero and heroine quite a bit of trouble.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

You can find my blogs and websites at my main website: www.donitakpaul.com. I have a separate website for the children's books which my daughter, Evangeline Denmark and I are writing. It's called www.dragonandturtle.com. If you click on Mrs. Paul you will see the blogs that I write.

The book is available for online purchase through the following buttons:

458995: Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball: A Novella

Thank you, Donita, for visiting with us and telling us about your novella. Readers, Donita has offered to give a copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, November 25. To enter, leave a comment below for Donita specific to something she said in the interview. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Jenny B. Jones below, and leave a comment under her interview to be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of her book.

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Cherie J said...

Enjoyed the interview! Can't believe that you have your Christmas shopping done. I am impressed. I am only about halfway done with mine. Your book sounds wonderful. I love some of the wonderful Christmas books and anthologies that come out around this year to help reinforce the reason for the season. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!


Pam K. said...

Donita, I am wondering why you write fantasy. What is it about that genre that compels you to write it? I'm not being critical, just curious. My kids enjoy reading fantasy but I don't usually. However,"Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball" sounds like a book I'd really like to read. Thanks to both of you for the interview and book drawing.


Casey said...

The African Grey parrot sounds like an interesting bird! May I ask why such a bird would be your pet of choice? And this book sounds SO delightful! I would really love to read it. THank you!


Wendy said...

She relates her book to a Hallmark movie and I really like those movies so I think I would enjoy her book.

barbjan10 said...

Very enjoyable interview with Donita. Can you imagine having your Christmas shopping done already? Donita must be a most organized person to write the stories she writes, promote her books, WHEW! I can only fantasize having my shopping finished. That would be a great fantasy to write about, Donita. There are many interesting facts about Donita that I enjoyed learning about. I have won one of her Dragon and the Turtle books previously and plan to read it to my smallest great-grandchildren. I'd love to win another of her stories for my 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. To win would fulfill my fantasy of reading another book to all the grands!

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Brenda said...

Please enter me! I love Christmas stories.
dancealert at aol dot com

Donita K. Paul said...

Pam, I don't know why I write fantasy. It was not a genre I read as an adult until after I started writing the Dragon Keeper Chronicles. One editor said that was why my stories are fresh, because I wasn't bogged down by the traditions of the genre.I love the way I come across spiritual truths as the characters fight for good and against evil. I'm learning a lot about my own relationship with God.

Charity said...

I would love to be entered in this giveaway. I keep trying to win:) Try and try again.
I really like Donita's hobbies. And I would love to be a soup chef as well. I like to cook but don't really do a lot of soup. Thanks for the interesting interview!


hippmom said...

It's fun to get to know the authors. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to reading this book.

angelahipp (at) charter (dot) net

hippmom said...

I'm also impressed that you have your CHristmas shopping done! I haven't yet started.

angelahipp (at) charter (dot) net

Merry said...

I love fountains with their relaxing quality; I wish I had one outside my window. Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball sounds lovely, please include me in the drawing.

Carman said...

I am so excited to read reinventing rachel! :) Thanks!

Please enter me. I can't wait to read Two Tickets.

I love what Donita said about the night stand! My poor night stand has gone through the ringer. :/ It is all wobbly and old! Lol.

Thanks for the opportunity to win!


Anne Payne said...

Isn't it every girls dream to go to a ball? Romance MUST be in the air for Simon & Cora! Love Hallmark movies, they just make you feel good. Plus, I love the name Cora...so old fashioned. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.


Cindy W. said...

Enjoyed the interview. I love Hallmark movies so since Donita compares her book with a Hallmark movie, I know I will love it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy,

Cindy W.


Ann Lee Miller said...

I think Donita has such an infectious smile because she's got her Christmas shopping done. :)

Donita K. Paul said...

Look here to see why I like the African Parrot. http://theafricangreyparrot.com/
and http://www.birdtricks.com/AfricanGreyParrots/
Carman, I'm old and wobbly like your night stand.

Carol said...

I really enjoyed the interview. I love the Hallmark movies and reading books set with a Christmasy theme. This book sounds great! Thanks for the opportunity to win. I liked your explanation about a night stand. My husband built my nightstand/bench in an afternoon with old, used wood. I love it!!


windycindy said...

How wonderful that you love dogs!
I am an animal lover and dogs are
at the top of my list...
Many thanks for the chance to win
your book!



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