Author Spotlight Donna Courtois

Hello Lizzy lovers!
Today is part 3 of the Warren Murphython and an even bigger giveaway!
Author Gerald Welch from yesterday decided to up the ante on his giveaway and said he’s giving away a Last Witness book and a copy of his Destroyer book with Warren, Forgotten Son. but only the Destroyer one is autographed by Jerry and Warren, 2 signed books instead of 1, both signed!

Ready? Set, interview!

What has been your experience in the publishing industry thus far?

My professional experience is confined to The Destroyer. Warren approached me last June about writing novellas as part of their approach to restarting the series. I was thrilled to have a chance to contribute to the books and the characters I’ve been hooked on since the mid-1980s.

How did you meet Warren Murphy?

When I first went online, I found Dale Barkman’s House of Sinanju Yahoo group. It was a revelation: I was able to talk with people who loved these books as much as I do! There had never been anyone near me to talk with about the Destroyer series. I became involved by posting there. Warren also looked in on the group and posted news and answered fan questions. Later Jerry (Gerald Welch) created Destroyerclub, a Destroyer fan site which I also joined, eventually becoming a moderator. As I contributed more to the fandom, Warren began to know who I was.
As for actually meeting, I visited with him and his sons last Sept. Had a marvelous time. They made me feel very welcome and it was really something, talking to Warren Murphy about writing face to face.

What made him want to add you on to his work as a co author?

A few years ago, Warren self-published several books through his Ballybunion imprint. He decided to thank the fans by doing a compilation of fan-written Destroyer stories and invited us to contribute. I had never made a serious stab at writing anything, but there were questions nagging at me about a character who, though talked about, was never in the books. I told her story and submitted it. I wasn‘t sure if it was good enough, but I figured Warren was too far away for me to hear him laughing! But it turned out that he loved it and told me so. He also told me he’d like to work with me some day. And when he decided to begin writing the Destroyer again, this time self-publishing through Kindle, the day had come. Warren decided on a novella and a spin-off series to go with the novels. He needed writers and I was fortunate that he remembered me.

Do you have a favorite book that he has written?

It’s so hard to choose between any of the Destroyers. Acid Rock is one of the funniest. In Enemy Hands doesn’t make too many fans favorite’s list, but I like it for the dangerous conflict that erupts between Remo and his teacher and father-in-spirit Chiun. And to watch how Remo, powerful Master of Sinanju, can be disarmed by a gorgeous face and figure. Also Mugger Blood, which was the first of the books to be criticized as racist for showing inner-city life and the poor performance of inner-city schools. After that, I only have about fifty more favorites!

What’s your favorite part about the writing process?

Finishing! Sometimes I feel like I’m running a marathon when I’m writing, with each chapter as a leg of the race. Some sections I’m racing smoothly and surely, others I stumble or have a hard time navigating. There’s a real satisfaction to finishing a first draft and seeing it all written down.

Where does the inspiration for your stories come from?

The Destroyer has always satirized and commented on topical issues. Chapter Twos are like a short story within the main story. They’re good for people or situations that have annoyed or angered me a little bit. I save the major irritants for the main stories.

What’s the most important thing that you have learned while working with Warren and being an author?

That a professional keeps writing and keeps learning. And to outline, because leisurely sightseeing trips are for amateurs. I need to know where I’m going to end up and what I need to have happen on the way.

If you could meet any fictional character for coffee, who would it be?

I would meet Master Chiun, though it would have to be for tea. And I’d have to pay for it. And flatter him like mad. But it would be worth it for the wisdom and the chance to wheedle stories of past Masters of Sinanju out of him.

Do you dream in stories?

I have had very elaborate dreams that plot out like movies. One morning I woke up thinking my dream would make a terrific book. Then I rolled over, went back to sleep and forgot it. Which is why it’s a good idea to keep a pen and paper near you at all times.

Do you have any advice to give aspiring authors?

Write, write, write and keep writing. Like any talent, it gets rusty if you don’t practice. And write for yourself first. If you try to write the kind of book you wouldn’t want to read, just because it’s a popular, best-selling genre, you’ll get bored with it pretty quickly.

About Donna :

Donna Courtois was living a life of toil and drudgery, writing short stories in her spare time and enjoying her favorite series, The Destroyer.

Then Warren Murphy announced he was looking for short stories for a Destroyer fan-fiction compilation. She submitted Bride of Sinanju and was thrilled when Warren praised her first serious effort.

When he decided to resume writing the series with additional Destroyer material, he chose Donna to co-write the novellas.

Donna has also written The Andrews Courtship, the first in a trilogy of young adult romances set in Gerald Welch’s The Last Witness universe. It will be available on Kindle and in paperback later this year.

Donna lives deep in the wilds of Massachusetts, with a small cat who doesn’t care what she writes as long as dinner is served on time.

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14 thoughts on “Author Spotlight Donna Courtois

      1. Donna

        Hope you enjoy the book, Bina! I mailed it this afternoon. And now that the contest is over and I won’t accidentally win the book, a big thanks to Jennifer for featuring the Destroyer series.

        Reply
  1. Adela C

    I love your advice for writers! I’ve recently started working on my first novel. It has been my dream since I was a child to be a writer!

    Reply
  2. Ginelle Blanch

    I love that she developed a background character. Often, those are the characters I wonder most about!!! Great interview!

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  3. Josette Schaber

    I have really enjoyed these 3 interviews. Thanks to guerillawordfare for posting them and for the authors for sharing.

    Reply
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