Donna Jean McDunn is a writer of young adult fiction, women’s fiction and short stories for children and women. At the tender age of twelve, she dreamed of writing, but she had no way of knowing the many journeys she would have before that dream could become a reality.

She married at nineteen, had three daughters by the age of twenty-seven and graduated from college at forty-two. The first granddaughter was born by age forty-five and she was blessed with three more granddaughters and four grandsons over the next several years. Somehow, during all this procreation, she earned a 3rd degree black belt in Songahm Taekwondo at age fifty-eight.

Somewhere in the middle of all this chaos, she realized her dream of writing still waited. It had been flickering there in the dark, waiting for the right moment to spring forth a burning desire for knowledge of writing. At first that tiny flame produced a desire in her to write stories for her eight grandchildren. So she took a children’s writing class. The course awakened a new desire and a brighter flame and sent her on a new journey, one of writing a paranormal novel for young adults.

But the flame soon became stagnant again and she realized, no matter how good she was at writing short stories, writing a novel is a complicated process. The words are no longer restricted, so there is more freedom, but she became lost in all those words. Her manuscript was okay, but it lacked something. The flame was dieing and it became apparent, she needed a novel writing course focusing on writing for teens. Show don’t tell, soon became her new mantra.

A new desire grew out of the teen novel class, and the flame emerged stronger than ever before compelling her to write short stories for women. And so, yet another class on writing began. She discovered writing for teens and adults are different, yet quite similar. They both focus on different worlds of stalkers, humor, ghosts, mystery, love and romance. After finishing the teen course, the flame had grown bright and strong and a second novel class focusing on writing for women was her next logical goal.

Now that tiny flame has enveloped her life and she knows in her heart, she must share whatever she has learned with others, so she to can continue to learn from those so much smarter and wiser than herself.

It is said in Songahm Taekwondo, in the beginning she was without knowledge of Songahm Taekwondo. After becoming a black belt, she, the student, has reached maturity and has overcome the darkness…she must continue to learn and ‘plant seeds for the future’.”

So it is with writing, it is her destiny to always be the student and always be the teacher. And so, today she writes and her dream is no longer just a dream.


25 responses to “About

  1. O.o oh my God you’re awesome! and I agree..writing a novel is a pain in the neck. Thanks for reading one of my poems and for commenting on it 🙂 I appreciate it. Have a good day!

  2. Donna – I loved your comment on my page Memories take us back – Dreams take us forward.
    I am going to start new pages called Dreams and Memories that include comments such as yours. Do you mind if I use yours – it was so moving.

  3. Hi Donna – your comment is now up on my page 🙂

  4. Hello Donna. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and commenting on my ‘Girl with the Summertime Smile’ post. I’m really glad as you led me to your blog, I am inspired by your ‘About’ page here and I am now following you.
    Also, you write about what I love! I confess to being just a bit obsessed with serial killers, the paranormal and mystery, my daughter too! I’m looking forward to checking out more of your blog once I’ve caught up after a few days away from ‘blogland’ 🙂

    • Hi Sherri, thank you for visiting my blog. I try to comment on any blog I visit because I know how important that is to the author of that blog, but it was the beauty of the poem alone that made me comment.

      I sometimes get lazy about posting on my blog, I get overwhelmed with everything I have to do and the blog is the one that suffers. But I’m trying to do better.

      • Ahh, I really do appreciate that Donna, and I do understand just what you mean! It is overwhelming trying to keep up with everything. I just wanted you to know that your comment really touched my heart 🙂

  5. Hello again Donna! I just wanted to thank you very much for the follow! I was so happy to see that you subscibed to my blog, and I take that as a huge compliment. Thank you for ‘finding’ me, I am so glad to meet you. 🙂

    • Sherri, I’m really glad I met you also. I never thought I’d like social media but I’ve found that most of the time I really enjoy it. Although Twitter still has me shaking my head, Facebook and LinkedIn are my favorites. There’s no way in this world I would have ever met you and so many others from all over the world. It’s really remarkable. I hope to stay in touch at least through our blogs.

      • It is remarkable! I had no idea that this blogging community existed! You are braver than me Donna, I have FB and LinkedIn, just, but as yet I haven’t attempted Twitter…the joys of that to come! Yes, will definitely keep in touch. Have a lovely weekend 🙂

  6. Hi again Donna! I just wanted to let you know that I have given you the One Lovely Blog Award. I do think you are lovely, and if you would like to have it it is here (no rules, just display it proudly if you wish!) http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/2013/09/13/what-a-week-time-to-bring-out-some-awards/
    Have a great weekend 🙂

  7. Life and Other Turbulence

    Oh my goodness…you’ve got so much to write about and congratulations on the lovely review of your book! Focus is one element that is crucial to proficiency in martial arts (my father was a 5th degree black belt in taekwondo), and I’d say you’ve got that mastered! Truly wonderful…sending all good wishes for continued success!

    • Thank you for commenting. I truly love martial arts. I have since I first saw “The Green Hornet” way back in the 60’s. It was something I always wanted to do and when I finally had the chance, I took it. I guess you could say, I’m a late bloomer.

  8. Thank you for visiting my blog, and sharing your gardening experiences. So cool that you have written a novel. I signed up to follow your blog and look forward to keeping up with you.

  9. Donna, You have a very inspiring personal story. Keep it up. I’m a male who dabbled in the martial arts once but never got near your level (orange belt who wimped out and quit, lol) Wow, you are old enough to be my mom but you are one Mary Kay Lady who teach me lessons in the “art of the kick and the punch.” …and knock me out!

    • Thanks JJones5363 for stopping by and leaving a comment. Don’t worry, I won’t knock you out. You should start practicing again. It’s great exercises for the mind, body and spirit and we can all use help with those. I hope I see you visiting again sometime.

      • Yes Ma’am! I know you wouldn’t knock me out. However, if I were to attack you I bet you would definitely knock me out as you should, lol.. You are right. Martial arts is beneficial. I will never attain your level of expertise but that is ok. I bet you have an amazing punch!

  10. Donna I am wondering if there are any updates on your book going to paperback. Hope you are well and thank you for continuing to visit my blog. Much appreciated.

    • I don’t have an actual date, other than in May it will be produced as a paperback. I love your blog. The pictures are wonderful. Congrats on your “second” wedding. It looked like a very beautiful place for it. Thank you so much for asking.

  11. I’ll let you know. Again, thank you for asking and I’ll keep in touch.

  12. Beautiful to hear that your dream is no long a dream but reality now 🙂
    Happy writing!!

  13. Thank you for enjoying my Uganda blog. Please come back more often and I’ll read more from yours too. Take care.

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