Donna J Schmidt - About Me
Donna Schmidt is an upcoming name in the world of Romance. Author of "The Dark Princess", a paranormal romance filled with intrigue, passion, laughter and tears. With her husband of twenty years by her side, dreams of love and passion come easily to her. She is retired from the US Navy and now works for a national travel agency. Donna lives in the Virginia Heartland with her husband, and their toy poodles, Domini and Bosley.
I am first, and foremost, the wife of a man who could put my characters to shame! My husband is my strongest supporter, my best friend and, well, just the better part of myself!
My favorite hobbies are writing, traveling and researching my family history. Some of the things I love include thunderstorms, reading, and pizza. My husband and I love visiting other countries and on our wedding day agreed to go somewhere in the world at least once each year. We have seen much of Europe (John votes for Munich again), the Caribbean, Hawaii, Australia, and Guam. I am still waiting for Africa!
I've been in love with books ever since I can remember. Would you believe my favorites are all Romance novels? Well, until recently, I must admit I am a dedicated Harry Potter fan now. It is rare not to find me with a book in hand! Even on our cruises, you can usually find me on the balcony reading. From that love of reading I seemed to naturally progress to writing and of course romance is the right genre for me. Why? Because it's a genre about people, about relationships. I can add in the sci-fi, the fantasy, the suspense, the mystery. I can add in any plot, but it all boils down to the people and that is why I fell for it. Watching two characters overcome the odds, overcome themselves . . . what could be more satisfying?
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Donna J. Schmidt - Biography
My ancestors on my father's side came from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. I even have a few British ancestors thrown in for good measure. They were some of the first to come to the new world. They settled in the Virginia territory and fought the Indians. We were activists in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. While researching my genealogy, I have found fascinating tales of my family that I hope to one day put into writing. My grandmother spent most of her life researching our family line and I have developed her passion for the hobby and continue on her work today. My ancestors on my mother's side are German and American Indian - what a combination. Research is much harder on this line but I will prevail.
My Past Life:
I was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, the second daughter of four girls born to my family. My father was in the United States Naval Service and because of his career, I never spent more than three or four years in any location. I learned early how to make friends everywhere I went, but none of those friendships ever developed into a close, lasting relationship. My father retired in the small rural town of Atoka, Tennessee where we lived on a sixty-acre farm raising Angus cattle.
I grew up with three sisters and my parents, never thinking my life was very special. Living far out in the country, I learned to use my imagination to entertain my family and myself. To bring attention to myself, I used to invent stories to entertain them in the evenings and several times I wrote short plays for my sisters and myself to perform to amuse my parents.
When I was in my late teens, my parents divorced and our family slowly grew apart as the years passed. Although we still correspond occasionally we have settled all over the United States and rarely see one another.
In 1977, I married my first husband. Although our marriage only lasted a few years, he taught me a lot about life. It was not a very happy time, but I do not regret the years we lived together. To gain my independence, I joined the United States Naval Service in 1981. I worked in the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) division as a computer technician and have been stationed in Guam as well as several parts of the United States including Alaska and Hawaii.
It was during my tour in Alaska that I met and fell in love with my husband. We stayed together during our term there, although we did not marry until two years later when we were both transferred to Hawaii. When I left Alaska, I went home to visit my mother in Memphis, Tennessee. The neighborhood were she lived had deteriorated drastically. Unwilling to have her live in such an environment, I convinced her to move to Hawaii and brought her with me when my leave was over.
Once, the man I loved joined us, my mother found her own apartment and integrated herself in the Hawaiian culture. She loved the island so much that when it came time to transfer again, she refused to accompany us and remained on the islands until her death in April 2004.
I retired from the Navy in 1997 while stationed aboard the USS Resolute, a dry-dock for nuclear submarines. By this time, my husband was advancing in his electronics career in the civilian community and we decided to remain in the area. We lived in a small home in Norfolk, Virginia. I took up a position as a travel agent at a nation-wide agency. After nearly fourteen years, we grew tired of the hustle and bustle of city life. We purchased a small forty acre farm in the Virginia Heartland and have settled down to the quite life.
My Current Life:
Now that my stepson has left home, I find myself with lots of leisure time on my hands. I have begun writing down the stories that have constantly filled my thoughts. With the exception of taking care of my husband and our animals, researching our genealogy, and vacationing around the world, writing stories is at the top of my list of most favorite things to do.
Plots and intrigue for my characters consistently fill my head, often to the point where I am distracted in the middle of a conversation. When I get that far-away look in my eyes, John will ask me what I am thinking.
"Cassandra is arguing with Dmitri," I respond - these are the stars of my vampire series. With a shake of his head he draws me back into the conversation. He knows that although I love the people running around in my head, he is the only flesh and blood person to own my heart.