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"WHAT WE THINK IS MORE IMPORTANT IN LIFE, IS JUST AN EXCUSE FOR NOT TRYING HARD ENOUGH FOR WHAT IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF US... "
by: DONNA M. ZADUNAJSKY



Monday, June 20, 2016

Writing your first book...

I remember my first book that I was writing, and I couldn't decide how I was going to tell the story. Whether in first person, which would have been closer to my heart and I'm not sure if I could let those close to me know all of what I went through with my ex-husband in the book BROKEN PROMISES. Or in third person, which is what I ended up writing it in. 

I think I went through the book three or four times, changing the POV (Point Of View), finally settling on third person. Although, the story is 75% true, I threw in some murder to make the book a mystery. 

The story tells my readers of what I went through in a mystery setting instead of a memoir. 

If I were to rewrite the book, would I change the POV? 
Probably yes because first person POV is my best writing and I can get all the emotion in the book that it deserves. 

Will I rewrite BROKEN PROMISES? 
Doubtful.

It was a hard book to write about what went on in my life with an alcoholic, and it's something I don't want to continue remembering. I have started a new life with my daughter and my new husband.  

I do have to admit when I was writing the book, it made me sit back and wonder how I made it through all those times, and all those years with him. Part of me wonder if I was that stupid or naive. Most anyone who loves someone will only see what they want to see inside the relationship. I felt at times that I couldn't make it without him, but that was a foolish thought as I was the only one working and who brought in the money. I knew I just had to do it. I had to get my 5 year old daughter out of that house and into a more stable one. 

I don't want to go telling you the whole book, so here is the link if you want to check it out or any of my other books.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

PRINTER'S ROW FEST

HERE ARE SOME PICTURES FROM THE LITERARY FEST IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO YESTERDAY. THANK GOD IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY AND NOT AS HOT AS IT WAS ON SATURDAY. I HAD A GREAT TIME MEETING NEW PEOPLE AND PROMOTING MY BOOKS. NEXT YEAR MAY BE TOUGH AS I'LL HAVE MORE BOOKS TO PLACE ON THE SMALL TABLE. 
THANK YOU TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO CAME TO THE FEST.




Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Author Event June 11th and 12th


For the third consecutive year, the Chicago Writers Association will have its own tent at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest on June 11-12, 2016. Look for us under Tent A, at the entrance gate at W. Congress Parkway and S. Dearborn St. We will have 48 authors participating in what is considered to be the Midwest’s largest outdoor literary festival.

Special guest authors:

Saturday, 6/11 12-2

Steve Trout, former Chicago Cubs and White Sox pitcher, signing his new children’s book, Loosey-Goosey Baseball.

Sunday, 6/12

Joe Klest, author of The Whole Truth: What did the Spotlight team of the Boston Globe fail to uncover about sexual abuse in America?

Catherine Lanigan, best-selling romance author of Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile

Donna M. Zaduanjsky, author of the award winning books: Broken Promises, Not Forgotten, Family Secrets 'Secrets and Seond Chances, Book 1', Hidden Secrets, 'Secrets and Second Chances ', Book 2, and HELP ME!.