I’m back with my regular blogging schedule and first up in the new year is Donna Schlatcher! She’s stopped by to talk about her book, Double Jeopardy. Grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and chat with us!
Toni: Thank you so much for joining me today. I’m excited to chat with you about Double Jeopardy! What made you write the story? How did it come about?
Donna: An editor approached me after hosting me on her personal blog. The publishing company she worked for wanted a story with a cowboy on the cover. I’d had this idea about mining, so had to tweak it a little to get a cowboy in there.
Toni: Awesome! Tell us about Becky Campbell! What would she say is her strength and her weakness?
Donna: Becky Campbell is young, naïve, and headstrong. She loves her daddy, and resists her mother trying to tell her what to do with her life. She would say her strength is her belief in her father. And her weakness is also the same—she’d make a bad choice if she believed her father would make the same choice.
Toni: Sounds like her strengths and weaknesses will make for an interesting story. What kind of research did you do for this book? What was the strangest thing you looked up?
Donna: I visited the area, including museums; visited a mining museum; read books on the area and the silver mining; and watched documentaries. The strangest thing I looked up was how much a steer was worth in 1880.
Toni: Lol, not something I’d ever think to look up. What have been the last 3 books you’ve read that you loved and why?
Donna: I’m currently reading a non-fiction book, Fossil Forensics which explains why evolution can’t be true. Before that I read Winnie the Pooh and Winnie the Pooh on Management.
Toni: Winnie the Pooh is awesome! Do you prefer past or present?
Toni: Not surprised. 🙂 Romance or suspense?
Toni: Oh give me both! Sunrises or sunsets?
Toni: So agree. Chocolate or candy?
Toni: Yum. Last but not least, how can we pray for you on your writing journey?
Donna: Thank you for asking. Please pray that I continue to seek ways to glorify God with my writing.
Toni: Will do! Readers, do you have any questions for Donna?
About the Book
In May of 1880, Becky Campbell leaves her wealthy New York lifestyle in search of her father, only to learn he was murdered in the small town of Silver Valley, Colorado. Unable to return to her mother in humiliation and defeat, she determines to fulfill her father’s dream—to make the Double Jeopardy profitable. Zeke Graumann, a local rancher, is faced with a hard decision regarding his land and his dream. After several years of poor weather and low cattle prices, he will either have to take on a job to help pay his overhead expenses, or sell his land. He hires on with this Easterner for two reasons: he can’t turn his back on a damsel in distress. And he needs the money. Becky isn’t certain Zeke is all he claims to be, and after a series of accidents at her mine, wonders if he isn’t behind it, trying to get her to sell out so he can take over. Zeke finds many of Becky’s qualities admirable and fears he’s losing his heart to her charms, but also recognizes she was never cut out to be a rancher’s wife. Can Becky overcome her mistrust of Zeke, find her father’s killer, and turn her mine into a profitable venture—before her mother arrives in town, thinking she’s coming for her daughter’s wedding? And will Zeke be forced to give up his dream and lose his land in order to win Becky’s heart?
About the Author
Donna writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts, and has been published more than 30 times in novellas and full-length novels. She is a member of ACFW, Writers on the Rock, SinC, and CAN; facilitates a critique group; teaches writing classes; ghostwrites; edits; and judges in writing contests.
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4 thoughts on “Interview with Donna Schlachter”
Donna, how do you choose names for your characters?
Great question, Natalya. Often I want to remember or honor somebody I know, so I use their first or last name — never both together 🙂 For villains, I look up meanings of names and find one that has a negative connotation.
Thank you, Toni, for having me on your blog.