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All About Donna MacMeans

For the first four months of the year, I’m a mild-mannered certified public accountant with a small tax practice. But come April 16th, I rip off the green eyeshade and transform into an impassioned writer of sexy historical romance novels, paranormals and romantic suspense. I live in Central Ohio with my wonderful husband of many, many years. My two adult children live close by with visiting dogs, fish, and even a pet snail named Killer. When I’m not knee deep in tax returns, or typing away on another manuscript, I’m active in several writing organizations. Every now and then, I break out my acrylic paints or pastels for a different creative venue, but of the two, I find writing to be not quite as messy. I love to cook (but hate to clean up). My desserts have a reputation of always incorporating chocolate and alcohol in some intoxicating fashion.

I started writing fiction in 1996. Although I loved to read historical romance, the thought of research was too intimidating for me to attempt. I wrote two contemporary romantic suspense novels – one of which was eventually published by Samhain publications under the pen name Donna Richards (it’s about a CPA, go figure).

My third manuscript, The Education of Mrs. Brimley, won the coveted Golden Heart medallion for Best Long Historical Manuscript presented by Romance Writers of America ® in 2006. Penguin Books, Berkley Sensation imprint, purchased that book and launched my published author career.

My books have been translated in Japanese, Dutch, and Norwegian. They’ve won multiple awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Historical Love & Laughter, the Aspen Gold and More Than Magic. They’ve been finalists for the Maggies, the Holt Medallion, the Lories, the Prism, and Book Buyers Best. I’ve presented workshops to various chapters of RWA, Sisters in Crime, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.


Accidental Inspiration

True Story: Back in 1971, an advertising executive was flying to London to meet about some radio commercials. Fog caused the plane to be diverted to Ireland.   As the executive waited in an airport café for the fog to lift, he saw other plane passengers chatting and exchanging stories to pass the time. A multi-cultural group, they were sharing something else as well – a passion for Coca-cola. Thus the executive was inspired to write the “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” commercial which featured 500 people from around the world singing in the Italian hills. I love
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Bandita Booty

Thanks everyone for sharing the excitement of my Smoke and Mirrors release with me.  As per the random number generator, the winner of the $10 gift certificate is Sandy Wickersham- McWhorter.    Sandy – I need you to go to my website to send me your mailing address so I can mail your card.   Also the winner of the voodoo doll and tea packet from April 23rd (right before I left for Barbara Vey’s in Wisconsin) is Fedora!  I’ll need you to do the same.  If you can send me your mailing address, I’ll get this in the mail pronto.
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Old Dog, New Tricks!

Yeah, that’s me.  Old Dog. I’ve been in a fraud conference the last two days and there’s these presenters – really cute, really funny, smart young guys in business suits (I love a man in a nice fitting suit!), then suddenly I realized – I could be their mom!  So I’m feeling a bit like an old dog today. But Darn it – This old dog done learned a new trick!!!   Today is the launch of my contemporary paranormal short story, Smoke and Mirrors.  This story was actually first published back in 2003 in an anthology called DREAM QUEST
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