A Glimpse From Christmas Past

A Glimpse From Christmas Past

By   Publisher  AuthorHouse

ISBN  1481740288

ANSI  1481740288

Published in   Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Entertainment, Fiction, Fiction, Short Stories,


While doing some last minute shopping on Christmas Eve a man has a magical experience. He watches a child preparing to get on Santa’s lap through a shop window and is reminded about a special Christmas memory. When the child gets down Santa makes eye contact with the man and they are immediately taken back to a moment they had shared (in his past). So the story unfolds as he stares through a window of time at a Glimpse from Christmas Past . . .

Tell us a little about yourself. (What you do for a living, for fun, etc.)

Recently retired after 42 years of service in the supermarket retail industry. I have played guitar most of early teenage years and have taken up winemaking since my retirement. My wife and I enjoy family, friends, traveling and good food and wine is always a plus. Things we plan to explore further in the coming years.

Do you write full time or part time

I write part time

How do you structure your day when you write

To be honest I get an idea for something and I still like writing it out the old fashioned way. When I feel I have something solid and mostly developed I review it with my editing wife. Once I have the rough draft outlined and the ideas for the correlating illustrations I am off to the races. A saying carpentry terms is very important to remember "measure twice and cut once" can equally apply to writing "edit at least twice before publishing".

Why do you write? (Example; For fun, to make extra money, a personal experience you want to share with the public)

Well as an Indie author it certainly isn't for the money. I think if you are gifted with the talent to tell a story and have the time, resources, determination and willingness to share your gifts, regardless of what others may think, then you should do it. I always liked to tinker with ideas for games, books, poetry etc... I just felt I needed on a personal level a sense of accomplishment on any number of levels as a validation of myself.

What are you working on right now / or your most recent work

I just recently published a first reader (pre-k thru K) "Keira in the Mirror". I also have written and developed the second part of that book series while developing other ideas.

What inspired you to create this book

Our families, past, present and future.

What genre do you write in and why did you choose it

Although the first thing I attempted was a play... I quickly decided I'd better start with something that is as comfortable to me as a worn broken in pair of jeans and that is writing about family, holidays, special moments and in a way that everyone can be a part of the story as they have lived it or shared the same experiences. So to date it is mostly children's books.

How much research did you do on your book? (If it applies)

A Lifetime!

How do you think you have evolved creatively from when you first started writing until now

You really get in touch with your abilities, with your hands in the dirt, on what your strengths and weaknesses are as writer e.g. Editors and Proof Readers have jobs for a reasons and that's because not all good storytellers are grammarians.

What was the hardest thing about writing this book for you

The learning process for the first time can be both wonderful and frustrating. Learning to have a good editor and really trust their instincts. Learning the ins and outs of building a brand name and using all the tools available today through the various social media sites. Most importantly my first publisher dictated the price of the book which I felt was almost twice as high as it should be. This has hurt my book sales to date. So you future writers make sure you have the final say with YOUR publisher the price of YOUR book and also see if you control of aspects to the finished product once done both the written and illustrative work with no strings attached!

Why I test it manully

I don't other than reading to family and friends

What was the most rewarding

When I started to receive emails, text to my website from fans from various parts of the world. An authors work is like that of a song writer as each work is like your child and you want only the best for it. You want to see it crawl, walk, run and then sprint in life as it grows expanding it circle of friends and experiences at each stage.

How do you think you have evolved creatively from when you first started writing until now

I still struggle with this one. I am currently regarded as a children's book author but you often feel you will never be recognized as a true author unless you have written one of the great works o your day.

Are you a planner type person, or do you prefer to dive right in when you write

A little bit of both. I have to at least look over the edge for rocks, depth, height before diving

How much dialogue do you have with your readers

I have an opened dialogue with my readers via website (www.dcdonahue.com) or other book related social media site.

Do they influence your writing

I have yet to get any negative feedback but would welcome all honest reviews of my work to date

Do you recommend being a part of a support groups to help you with your writing

I haven't personally yet but I am sure it couldn't hurt

Do you work with an editor If so, how much input do they have

Yes. She has immense input and impact at every stage and I rely on her honesty; besides I enjoying sleeping with my editing wife of 39 years.

Was there anyone in your past that you think influenced your writing

My Aunt Marie (Sr. Joseph Andrew SSJ) was revered by many as a teacher and mentor. That being said I could still use her help with punctuation and proper grammar. Sr. Mary Anthony (IHM) in first grade for being honest enough at an early age to take you aside and point out your strengths and weakness.Now this is going to sound horrible as I can't remember the professor's name who taught the English Comp & Lit course me at St. Joe's back in the mid seventies. He had the most profound influence on who, what, when, where and why of not just writing but sentence structure. I can still hear him say...'write each sentence and make it as short and descriptive as possible and in a manner the reader will enjoy making them want to turn the next page".

Do you have any tips or useful resources on marketing

Social Media, local press, FB advertising etc...

How are you publishing this book? (Indie / self-published, traditional)


What are your thoughts on book series

I like them as long as they have a not too long running series that go on forever. The longest and most enjoyable for me to date was the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan14 books in all. His editing wife with the help of Brandon Sanderson finished the last three books of the series using Jordans compilations

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers

No but if you have please advise. I don't mind sending a copy of the book if warranted but keep in mind I am not willing to pay people for reviews. I hope most people are like me and will review books from where they purchased them.

What advice would you give to your younger self today

Don't disregard the importance of learning writing in cursive, English/Grammar, Reading/Comprehension for if you excel in these the other subject falls into place.

What is your favorite book or film Why is it your favorite

A Christmas Carol/ Great Expectations/Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens HIs work should be on everyone's radar.To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper LeeOther favorite author's Edgar Allen Poe, Longfellow, Frost, Dickinson, Nash, Yeats, Keats, Aesop, J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, John Irving, Robert Jordan etc... The list long currently Diana Gabaldon

If you don’t already have one, do you have plans to have a book trailer and what are your thoughts on them overall

My opinion as an Indie author I just feel it is an added expense and I am not sure you get your bang for your buck.

What are you working on next

Possibly a Halloween story!

When you come to a point in your writing where you get frustrated for some reason, how do you deal with it

I have to walk away from it and gather my thoughts.

What advice would you give a writer that is just starting out

-First you love to write and have a story to tell and not doing it for money...just do it!-Take advantage of the ins and out of social media and start building your project brand name before it gets to the publisher.-Try to get the large publishing companies to sign you is nearly impossible out of the gate you have a better chance of hitting the lottery but don't be discouraged the majority of books today are done by Self publishers and is growing. So send your business letter of entry to the elite but be realistic of your work -So you now decide to publish Indie/Self-Publish so is it... hardcover or paperback, what you feel it should retail, the size of the book, Illustrations or not and if so who controls the work on the finished product.-Be sure you control all copyrights of your work along with any illustrations as most importantly a final say on the books retail price

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