|Donnell and Coach|
D.B.: Ha Ha. You’re a nut. You are a boundless bundle of energy and you ask terrific questions.
LA: Yeah, okay, we'll see, but first let's start with an easy one, tell us a bit about yourself.
D.B.: I grew up in the 4-Corners area, in the city of Farmington, New Mexico. I love New Mexico, and am influenced by its rich Hispanic and Indian culture, and will bring some of this knowledge to future work. For now the book I'm so excited to talk about today takes place in my (and your's, Leslie) home state of Colorado and the City of Colorado Springs. While New Mexico may be the nicknamed The Land of Enchantment, Colorado in my mind is God’s country, and it just felt right to place THE PAST CAME HUNTING there.
LA: Okay, first and maybe the most important question, when is the book available? And how can we get our hands on it.
D.B.: THE PAST CAME HUNTING is available now on
LA: You created great conflict. Drake Maxwell is a sociopath, and very scary. Tell us a bit about how you came to write him (without giving away the story) because he is very male, very scary and very dangerous and, ah...you’re none of those!
D.B.: Oh, yes,
D.B.: Redemption is a big theme in my books. In Deadly Recall my 2010 Golden Heart final, every single character save the antagonist finds some sort of forgiveness. It wasn’t intentional. I think I’m the type who doesn’t like to hold grudges. My poor characters inherited that trait from me.
|Pikes Peak with Colorado Springs, |
setting for The Past Came Hunting.
D.B.: I wrote this book when my son went away to college. The book required some updating, but one thing hadn’t changed. Kids in sports don’t have a lot of time to themselves, especially teenagers of Luke and Matt’s athletic caliber. They both make the varsity basketball team their sophomore year and that’s a lot of pressure on these boys to perform, especially if they’re like Luke and have the potential to play in college. Although Matt and Luke would like to participate in social media, their main focus to stay on the team has to be basketball. They do know how to text LOL, and they do Facebook.
|Garden of the Gods In Colorado Springs, |
setting for The Past Came Hunting
* Write even more than that.
* Write when you don't want to.
* Write when you do.
* Write when you have something to say.
* Write when you don't.
* Write every day.
* Keep writing.
Thanks Donnell for your candid answers, and thanks most of all for a compelling read. I loved it.
Find more information about Donnell at: www.http://www.donnellannbell.com/