Published on February 27th, 2015 | by Kelsey0
✰In The Korner with Donna Alam✰
Kelsey~ Hi Donna, this is the very first time I’ve interviewed someone in their own home, thank you so much for inviting me.
Kelsey~I hope she has wine, I’m sure she will, and she’s a northerner like me. But she’s a bit of a lightweight drinker. The first time we met I had to take her home half cut!
Donna~Wine. So pleased I remembered the wine. This woman likes her vino – the first time I met her, she got me drunk in my local! Though, to be fair, it was my own fault. Note to self: don’t try to keep up. One for Kelsey, half for Donna and half for the potted plant.
Donna~You’re so welcome, Kelsey. Mind you don’t trip on the rug. And get your feet off the coffee table, woman. It’s imported!
Kelsey~Nice coffee table, but the mirror could do with a bit of a clean!
Kelsey~I absolutely loved Pretty Hot and Pretty Liar and want to know everything. Your books have it all, sexy, romantic, very steamy and funny. All the qualities I like in my books. I laughed so much I wet my knickers at times.
Donna~That’s so lovely to hear, Kelsey! Thank you. Just mind you don’t pee on my sofa, or the, er, other . . . thing. Little does she know of my plan: Domination of the panty-liner market via my writing. I have shares in Tena Lady . . . mwahahahaha!
Kelsey~How long have you been an author and when did you realise you had the ability to actually write?
Donna~How long? About five minutes.
Many, many moons ago my high school English teacher held up one of my essays to a senior class as an example of excellence. I was made up. Chuffed. Cock-a-hoop. It was a story about Love and loss. Death and redemption. Getting to heaven and finding that God looked was a lot like Jimmy Saville, and wore a shell suit. I’m not saying God is a pervert, btw.
Donna~Sadly, I never made those dizzy heights again.
Later, I became the author of lists, because if it’s not on a list, it didn’t or won’t happen.
Frontline the dog
Book the car in for a service
Try out Cosmo’s latest article on blowy techniques
Later came fantastical notes to my children’s teachers as to why they were (often) late for school. And emails. And recipients of those emails who said, ‘Oooh, you should write a book.’ And so I did. Only not the kind of book they imagined. And I wrote more than one. But then, I’ve always been an overachiever . . .
Kelsey~Where did the idea come from for Pretty Hot?
Donna~I’ve spent much of my married life as a part of a travelling circus, I mean, as a trailing spouse. Dragging kids, dogs and belongings may have felt circus-esque, but as a result, I’ve been lucky enough to live in lots of places, including spending time in a fair few Middle Eastern countries, meeting lots of lovely, but mad, people. I suppose the story stemmed from working in a school a little like the one Kate works in, really. And that I’ve always been intrigued how people are raised from parents of differing cultures.
Kelsey~ I had a love hate relationship with Kai Is he based on a real person?
Donna~You’ve hated him? Why? He’s such a sweetheart! Quite honestly, I know no one like him. If I did, I’d probably be in some grotty Middle Eastern prison for punching him after we’d shagged. For the record—leans mouth very close to Kelsey’s dick-ta-phone (yes, it is shaped like a dick) enunciating slow and low—I’ve never been to prison.
Kelsey~I know a guy like Kai and Donna’s dying to know who it is. I’m taking that secret to my grave! mwahahahaha!
Kelsey~Why is she leaning closer? I think she’s hallucinating. Too much wine me thinks!
Kelsey~Did you have the complete story and characters in your head beforehand or did the story map itself out as it went along?
Donna~I’m a panster by preference, though book three has been mapped out. Books one and two had a life of their own. I was just along for the ride.
Kelsey~How much of Pretty Hot is fictional and how much is realism?
Donna~I’ve tried to be factually accurate and sensitive to it being set in another culture, as much as possible for an erotic romance. And although the genre is fiction with a good dose of fantasy, I’ve always hated reading stuff that you know just doesn’t—couldn’t—happen, anatomically, or whatever.
Kelsey~Are you working on any new projects? Do you need a curvy blonde to help out? I always offer my services and up until lately I had plenty of free time, but word’s getting around that I’m good at helping and we may need to book a date in my diary.
Donna~I hear you’re far too busy to help out? A little drunk birdie told me—Ow, Kelsey, don’t do that! I bruise easily!
*straightens blouse under Kelsey’s gimlet eye*
I knew I shouldn’t have poured her that large glass.
Of course, Kelsey! *Adds a little tinkling laugher to cover the fact that she’s scaring me half to death.* Whenever you’re free . . . I have a few irons in the fire you could help me with.
Kelsey~Who is your favourite character to write about?
Donna~I like being in Kai’s head. Maybe I have penis envy *shrugs* He’s much less of an arsehole than I’d originally planned.
I also love messing around with Niamh. She’s not vachina-ly inclined and she’s just funny.
Kelsey~Do you read/ what’s your favourite genre? Who’s your favourite author?
Donna~I LOVE to read and am rarely without a book. As to what I read, it depends on my mood. It’s a lot like food—sometimes you want fillet steak and sometimes you just want to gorge on rubbish. Not that I like to read rubbish . . .
I definitely have a bit of an author crush on Diana Gabaldon, and have done for a few years. She’s just a fabulous word smith and story teller. I love a bit of Dorothy Dunnett, also Georgette Heyer, too. More recently, I giggled all the way through Tara Sivec’s Seduction and Snacks series. ALL the way through.
There are too many books to list, too many authors who make me go, ‘aw, I wished I’d wrote that . . .’ I just love to read and always have.
Kelsey~ What do you do for fun?
Donna~See above: I’m a book nerd. I love to travel, love good company (especially the kind that makes me laugh) and mojitos. And Laurent Perrier Rose Champagne.
Kelsey~I notice she didn’t offer me the Laurent Perrier Rose Champagne!
Kelsey~Do you hide out in a writing cave to write? Tell us your usual writing routine and is it easy to focus or are you easily distracted?
Donna~Alas, I’m easily distracted and have yet to benefit from a good writing routine. As for a cave, I have a room set aside to write in, but I’ve never used it. I prefer to curl up on the sofa, laptop balanced on my knee. Or the kitchen table.
Kelsey~What do you think is the hardest thing to write about?
Donna~Tough one. I haven’t really come across anything yet. I have pondered penning some erotic shorts in the past, but think it must be very difficult to write, essentially, about the same topic over and over again. Of course, there are plenty out there who do, and do it well.
Kelsey~Is there anything you would refuse to write about?
Donna~I’m sure there would be, but nothing that I’ve come across yet. Although I’ve had reader tell me that my writing has effected them physically at times of high drama, I don’t think I’d be very effective ‘dark’ author. Not that I don’t have a dark side, she just doesn’t get out very often . . .
*purses lips, having revealed too much*
Kelsey~What do you do to relax? (I love a glass of wine/ and to read of course, oh and I love to interview authors).
Donna~About as subtle as a sledgehammer . . . Here, Kelsey, let me top you up. Relaxing is reading. And sleeping. I love my bed.
Kelsey~What are your hopes and aspirations for the future?
Donna~I’d like to be a full-time writer. When I grow up.
Kelsey~Hope you’ve enjoyed the interview Donna, I certainly have and will you come back to the Korner in the future?
Quick Fire Questions
Favourite colour? Black. I’m with Coco Chanel on this one.
Favourite food? A rare fillet steak
Biggest turn on? Smart men
Biggest turn off? Weak women
Lingerie or Naked? Lingerie.
Favourite place in the world? My bed.
Beer or wine? Wine
Sun or Snow? – Sun
Dark or Vanilla? Dark. Probably.
Savoury or Sweet – Sweet
Kelsey~Is there anything you would like to say to your readers before you leave?
Donna~Yes, thanks for reading and enjoying, if indeed you did. If I could ask you to do one thing, it’d be for you to leave a review via whatever purchase platform you used. Reviews are an indie author’s lifeblood and I can’t stress how important each and every review is. It doesn’t have to be a massive, just one or two lines. Oh, and recommend. But that’s two things.
My Review of Pretty Hot ➜ http://bit.ly/1KvG5jO
Donna will be releasing book 3 in The Pretty Hot series soon, here are the purchase links.
New indie author Donna writes about exotic locations and the men you aren’t married to, but wish you were. Escapism reads with heart and humour, and of course, plenty of steam.
Hailing from the North of England, she’s a nomad at heart, moving houses and continents more times than she cares to recall. She once worked at a school like the one described in her new release, Pretty Hot. Alas, there were no Kai-a-likes floating about there . . .
Catch up with her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Donna-Alam/1423581217891259?fref=ts
or her poor, neglected blog donnaalam.com or @word_hoor on twitter.