Author T.A. Barron described my first book, Grace Falling Like Rain, as a fast-paced, character-driven, rip-roaring adventure. I sent it to him in appreciation for the librarian's packet he sent to my library (which I found out later he will send to any library, but at the time I thought MY email was extra special). But I was shocked that he actually took the time to read the book. And then he hand-wrote the most gracious and encouraging letter, which was more than I could've ever hoped for. He said he bet I had even more stories to tell, and he was right. I'm about to start book six in the Taylor Family saga.
I was a public library director for nine years and am currently in my sixth year as a school librarian, so I know what people are reading. As a writer, I appreciate readers' reviews and comments because the average reader reads from a different perspective than the person who reads books professionally. And I hope readers will continue to submit their comments on Web sites, blogs, or even writing the author personally letting them know they enjoyed their books-- most authors DO pay attention to and appreciate hearing from their readers.
I write the kind of stories that I like to read-- exciting, fast-paced, and with characters that grab hold of you and don't want to let go. They're fine for middle-schoolers on up. The first chapters of each book are on my Web site: www.donnavancleve.com.
My daughter and I have teamed up to write and illustrate our first picture book: Feathers, a fable for second-graders up to teens. You can read more about it on the Web site, too.
I live near Austin, Texas, with two of my favorite people in the world-- my parents. (They're wondering if I'm ever going to leave the nest). I'm kidding. It's my turn to help them now, so I've made a nest just for them. Oh, and me, too.
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Region: Texas: Austin
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