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Author's gamble pays off

Washington County author's stories don't follow the formula

Washington County author's stories don't follow the formula

April 11, 2004|by ANDREA ROWLAND
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Since her first hit romance was published, Donovan has sold three more novels and a novella to St. Martin's and another novella to Kensington Publishing. Her greatest career challenge is making herself write on a regular schedule, she said. Donovan rises at 4:30 a.m., heads to the gym until 6:15, gets the kids on the school bus by 7 a.m., and starts writing by 7:30. Her creative "magic" happens between 7:30 and noon, and she spends the next three-plus hours handling the business end of her job. Then it's back to her role as wife and mother.

But it's Donovan's past life as a journalist that gave her the tools to create fiction rooted in reality.

"I'm a firm believer that truth is stranger than fiction, so I use a lot of truth in my fiction," Donovan said. "Every character, every fact, is researched. I use interviews for much of my research because that's what I'm comfortable with. It's the reporter in me coming out."

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To prepare for "Take a Chance on Me," she interviewed an animal behaviorist and a state policeman who works as an undercover hit man. Donovan also spent a day at a Hairless Crested dog rescue service. She used the insight and details gleaned from her research to sculpt believable characters, she said. Donovan spent about nine months writing the book.

She's devoted the past year to a romantic comedy entitled "Public Displays of Affection," which Donovan describes as a "soccer mom widow's sexual awakening." The author will be available to sign her new book at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at Borders Books Music and Caf in Hagerstown. Patterson anticipates another big splash with the book, which is slated for release Tuesday, June 1.

"Expect to laugh. Expect to cry," she said. "And have a cool glass of water nearby."

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