Day 1 of Virtual Book Tour for the Working Writer’s Club

Day 1 of Your Tour Will Be Called – Meet Children’s Author, Donna McDine

Donna, it’ so great to be hosting you here on my blog today. You have always been such an inspiration to me!

Irene, thank you for hosting me on Day 1 as I kick-off my Working Writer’s Coach Virtual Book Tour. We’ve known each other for quite a few years now and it’s an honor to be here. I’ve especially enjoyed getting to know you through cyberspace. I hope to meet in person someday.

Today I’d like to share why I became a children’s author. My road to becoming a children’s author took quite the different path, one that I wasn’t even sure at the time would lead me to writing for children, but it did. When I was a child, I enjoyed watching the television program, Lou Grant with my dad, and became mesmerized on how a reporter put a story together and I dreamed of becoming a reporter one day. For some reason or another, I did not follow this early dream and worked in administration for several Fortune 500 companies for many years. Not until I came across the Institute of Children’s Literature aptitude test in 2006 did my dream of becoming a writer reawaken.

As for how and why I came to write The Golden Pathway it came through my fascination of history even as a young child. And when I found myself taking up residence (as an adult) in the historical hamlet of Tappan, NY (Rockland County) I became even more enthralled. Coupled with my father’s involvement with the Rockland County Historical Society in creating artist replicas of the numerous historical locations throughout the county I found myself further drawn into the past. Then,as a student at the Institute of Children’s Literature,I jumped at the chance to develop a historical fiction story about a young southern boy against slavery. And here I am today several years later with my first published children’s book in my hands.

It’s been quite the roller coaster ride and one that I wouldn’t trade in for the world.

To learn more about my writing career or to order an autographed copy of The Golden Pathway visit, Gift with purchase: The Golden Pathway Educator’s Guide.

Additional ways to order The Golden Pathway:

Guardian Angel Publishing:


Thank you for visiting with me today. I appreciate your time and interest. Please enter below at a chance to win a $25 PayPal payment. Just visit my blog for more details at:

The second day of my virtual book tour continues tomorrow at Mayra Calvani’s blog There visitors can enter again at a chance to win a $25 PayPal payment.


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I am a freelance writer for adolescent girls. I love delving into the topics of self-esteem and self-confidence for girls. I find this writing really meaningful. This blog is devoted to girls and their issues.
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11 Responses to Day 1 of Virtual Book Tour for the Working Writer’s Club

  1. Donna McDine says:


    Thank you for hosting me on the first day of my Working Writer’s Club Virtual Book tour. I appreciate your support!

    All the best,

  2. Irene thank you for hosting Donna today. What an inspiration she is to those of us who still struggle to write and sell something meaningful in a world so full of wonder. Donna, I’m so glad to find out more about you and your foray into the world of wriitng. I took a children’s institute course the same as you but have yet to publish my first children’s book. It gives me hope though.
    Many sales to you girl!

  3. thedarkphantom says:

    Great start to your tour, Donna! It’s interesting to hear how you got started. 🙂


  4. I love hearing stories of how authors got started! Here’s to your success. Donna!

  5. I enjoyed reading about how you became interested in writing childrens’ books, Donna. History is such a great area to work in as well – so many inspirational stories to get into the heart of. Best wishes for a fantastic tour.

  6. Kathryn says:


    Isn’t it funny how we all discover that we were on a “path” to writing. I experienced a similar path to writing for children. One day it was looking at me in the face and all I had to do was jump! Great blog! Good luck on your tour!


  7. Hi Donna! It was fun learning some new things about you. THE GOLDEN PATHWAY is a wonderful book which I hope lots of people get the chance to read. Best wishes on your tour!


  8. Do North says:

    Most paths in our lives aren’t straight. Good luck on your book tour.

    Mary Jo

  9. Hi Donna,
    I also got my start in writing for children through the Institute of Children’s Literature. It’s always nice to hook up with other ICL graduates.

  10. Donna McDine says:

    Hi Mayra:

    Thanks for stopping by to visit. It’s always a pleasure.

    All the best,

  11. donnamcdine says:

    Hi One and All!

    I know this reply is very late, but wanted to give you all a shout out and thank you for your lovely words of support.

    All the best,

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