Keeping Romance Alive
By Shelia M. Goss
Donna Hill has a writing career that spans almost twenty years. She is one of the most prolific romance writers out there today and has over 50 titles in print. Her love for books started at a young age. "I must give credit and homage to my aunt Marjorie who introduced me to the love of books at the age of five. My love of reading evolved into writing," Donna states.
Readers of romance will not be disappointed in her February release If I Were Your Woman (Harlequin/Kimani Press, $5.99). Hill is considered one of the pioneers of African-American romance writers, but she's humble. Why did she choose to write romance as opposed to contemporary fiction? Hill responds, "I think romance kind of chose me. It was not my intent to be a romance writer."
Besides writing, Hill has a background as a publicist. After doing PR work on the side for other authors, she decided to create Donna Hill Promotions. Some of her clients are: A.C. Arthur, Angie Daniels, Toni Staton Harris, Michelle Monkou, Suzetta Perkins, and Maureen Smith to name a few.
Hill gets a joy out of helping her fellow authors. "I enjoy seeing authors make it and get excited to get good reviews and be recognized for their work. Writing is hard enough, trying to promote yourself is an entirely different job. So I want to try to bridge that gap a little, by bringing to my clients the double whammy of not only being a writer and editor myself but also a publicist."
As Valentine's Day approaches, Hill gives this advice to single women waiting for their Mr. Right: "Be right with yourself first. Do the things that you need to do for you. Don't expect a man to come into your life and "fulfill" you or "make you happy." When you are happy with who you are, everything else is icing on the cake."
Trying to juggle a career, the kids, church duties and a husband, sometimes romance can be put on the backburner. Hill suggests these tips on keeping the romance alive in your marriage. "Treat him like you want to keep him! Treat him like you did to get him. Simply because you are married doesn't mean that the romance has to end. It is just taking your relationship to another level."
Donna Hill's stories capture the essence of romance. Readers will not only get a good story, but learn how to interact with others from the scenarios portrayed in her books.
To find out more about Donna Hill's books or PR firm, visit her website: http://www.donnahills.com/.
Interview by Shelia M Goss, an entertainment writer and author of My Invisible Husband and Roses are thorns, Violets are true. For more information, visit www.sheliagoss.com.