Monday, February 21, 2011

Donna Butler- Manifesting Daddy

Donna Butler is a native of Kansas who majored in English at the University of Kansas. After trying her hand at writing romantic and ethnic fiction, she found her niche with multi-cultural women’s fiction with a New Age slant.  Manifesting Daddy is her debut novel.

Manifesting Daddy tells the story of Melanie Brodie, a forty something wife and mother who fantasizes about suicide. She’s convinced that she’s a loser, both at home and at work.  Between her poor parenting skills, her forgetfulness and slipshod housekeeping, it’s no wonder everyone else thinks she’s a loser, too. What keeps her from ending it all is her unwillingness to saddle her kids with the same legacy of doubt and pain she’s carried since the death of her own father thirty-three years ago.

On hand to talk her down is Dr. Park, her young Chinese psychiatrist and her best friend, Juniper who stages a Manifesting Daddy ceremony to draw her late father back into her life.  Ultimately it’s Austin, the younger, sexy black guy who moves in next door, who supplies the encouragement and the means for her to defeat depression and redesign her life.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
Readers will like my insights into depression, low self esteem and that annoying inner critic who picks us apart. The book disputes some popularly held beliefs about suicide. In the midst of all that darkness is a lot of laugh-out-loud interaction between Melanie and her friends. Life is balanced, so the book had to reflect that balance.

Q: Why did you go indie?
I’m a black woman who has no interest in writing “black” books, which confuses agents and editors. New Age fiction is such a new, undefined genre. The success of Eat, Pray, Love confirms that women are ready for entertainment that is literally soul searching.  Going indie gives me the freedom to create my own genre and communicate to that part of women that is beyond race, religion and ethnicity.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
I love those writers making a conscious effort to speak to women’s spiritual natures. Elizabeth Gilbert is one of those writers. Barbara Kingsolver’s work is always infused with that thread that links us to eternity.  Alice Walker has been addressing our spirits for decades.

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