Short, Sharp Interview: Donna Collins

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Book 1 Sacrifice

PDB: What’s going on?

I have my debut trilogy launching on 5th January 2018 and to say I’m excited is an understatement.

These three books: The Sacrifice, Resurrection, and The Undoing, have been years in the making, kicking off when my Aussie friend Natalie Joppich asked me to write a screenplay with her. Fast-forward many LA trips and meetings later and the HUNTED novels were born.

PDB: Do you listen to music when you work?

Depends. It is very difficult to listen to Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On while I’m trying to torture and butcher a character to death. But when I do listen to music, it has to be an eighties tune. Give me a bit of Wham! Or Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up any day of the week. If I’m happy my characters survive another chapter.

Book 2 ResurrectionPDB: What makes you laugh?

Everything makes me laugh: Brian Conley, the Rush Hour films, Fawlty Towers, Greg Davis’s Taskmaster, my Pug. In fact, just a good, dirty sense of humour will bring a smile to my lips.

Apparently, according to my friends, I laugh like Harriot Potter from the Carry on Camping film – something I strongly disagree with.

PDB: What’s the best cure for a hangover?

Ha! Is there one? If there is, I’ve never found it.

PDB: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Book 3 The UndoingEither Fowey or Polperro in Cornwall, Yosemite, or somewhere in Australia.

PDB: Do you have a bucket list? If so, what’s on it?

Oh yes. I have a long bucket list. Cage diving with sharks in Guadalupe, hiking (crawling) the Inca Trail, Exploring the Amazon, travelling the Australian Outback, doing a cattle drive in Montanna…the list in endless.

PDB: What’s on the cards?

Now the HUNTED series is done, I can move back to my original novel, which I started back in 2012. It’s a London-based thriller where a forensic scientist tries to help a woman who’s been left with amnesia after a mugging goes wrong. Of course, nothing is as it seems.

PDB: Anything else?

I may pop across the pond for the ITW conference this summer, and I’ve had an idea for a story buzzing around in my head for a few years now, so maybe that will be my fifth novel. Beyond that, it is just promoting the HUNTED and non-stop working.

Universal Studios 126s

Bio: Donna Collins was born at home in Romford, Essex, England. Five minutes later, she was one-hundred-per cent a bookworm. Her favourite novel, Enid Blyton’s The Children of Cherry Tree Farm, was a gift from her parents and now the most worn book on her bookshelf.

It was this book, and her love for 70’s and 80’s TV shows such as Hart to Hart, Charlie’s Angels, Hunter, and Dempsey and Makepeace, that lured Donna to the dark side of mystery and thriller writing. Since then, Donna has racked up many favourite authors, including Paula Gosling (A Running Duck is the second most worn book on her bookshelf), Jonathan Kellerman, Patricia Cornwell, and A. J. Quinnell.

Although Donna loves to write, she also loves crime – and her career proves it. Having founded her school magazine, her professional career includes not only working at OK! Magazine but also for Essex Police, Ormiston Prison Services, and Essex Offender Services. With publishing credits for freelance and commissioned magazine articles under her belt, Donna has now turned her attention and imagination to what she is best at -– storytelling.

In her spare time (what spare time?), Donna loves anything scary that will get her adrenaline pumping, including storm chasing, fright nights, zombie-infested shopping malls, and séance panic rooms – with her all-time goal involving the open sea, a cage, and a whole heap of great white sharks. Donna also proudly boasts finishing the 2010 London Marathon, but you’ll have to ask nicely if you want her to tell you where she was placed and who overtook her.