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.