Episode #192- “Stacey Donovan Dives!”

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The Newbie Writer’s Podcast

Stacey Donovan

  Over 20 years ago, a colleague asked me if she could pay me to edit her novel. Since then, my love of words and working with creative people as a writing coach, editor and ghostwriter has only grown. Looking forward to hearing about your project.


STACEY DONOVAN is a six-time published book author of both fiction and non-fiction. Her first novel, DIVE, will be reissued by Open Road Media in 2015. Donovan has edited or ghostwritten more than a dozen published books for her clients. Three became New York Times Bestsellers, and another was nominated for Best First Novel by International Thriller Writers. She is experienced in many genres: Contemporary; Young Adult; Erotica; Gay/Lesbian; Literary Fiction; Mystery; Psychological Thriller; Crime; Suspense; Women’s Fiction; Memoir; Creative Nonfiction.

Before STACEY DONOVAN became a professional editor more than 20 years ago, she worked in a literary agency where she learned how to say no more often than yes, and include reasons why. A stint in advertising followed, teaching her to tell it short and sweet, meet deadlines, and most important: Never give up.

Author of Dive – A Novel

When V’s life crumbles around her, she has two options: let it take her down with it or dive straight in

Virginia “V” Dunn is alone when her dog is hit by a car. Lucky’s back leg is shattered, and when she comforts him, his blood is wet on her hands. Suddenly, the monotony of V’s suburban life dissolves: Lucky is in a cast; her best friend, Eileen, is avoiding her; her mother’s drinking is getting worse; and her father is sick with a mysterious illness. Although V is surrounded by family, she is the loneliest girl in town.

As V begins to question everything—death, friendship, family, betrayal—she finds there are few easy answers. The people she thought she knew are strangers, and life’s meaning eludes her. Into this mystery walks the captivating Jane, and V soon realizes that the only way forward seems to break every rule, and go beyond all limitations.

Word of the Week:


with Anu Garg





adjective: Abundant; fruitful.


From Latin uber (rich, fruitful, abundant, etc.). Earliest documented use: 1624.


School Principal lauded the Primary teachers for their uberous contribution in preparing the small kids for their best presentations.”
Vishwa Bharati Celebrates Janam Ashtami; 
Early Times (India); Sep 2, 2015.


Are you still recovering from Halloween? Regretting those Facebook posts? How does your main character celebrate Day of the Dead or Halloween? Do they decorate the house? Give out candy dressed up? Or do they hide in the back of the house and wish it would all disappear? How to those actions explain your character?

Tortured Sentence:

The Protestant English versus the Irish Catholics were the English were always served privileges not granted to the Irish. Ireland rebelled against such conditions which made them prone to famines.




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