Author Interview & Book Giveaway: The Golden Pathway by Donna McDine

Welcome to Author Donna McDine.


Donna McDine is an award-winning children’s author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions and Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2010 – Top Ten – Children’s Books category – The Golden Pathway.
Her stories, articles, and book reviews have been published in over 100 print and online publications. Her interest in American History resulted in writing and publishing The Golden Pathway. Donna has two more books under contract with Guardian Angel Publishing, The Hockey Agony and Powder Monkey. She writes, moms and is the Editor-in-Chief for Guardian Angel Kids and Publicist for the NWFCC from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI and Musing Our Children.



If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

John Hughes, movie director. The way he was able to portray the angst of teenagers in his films felt quite real.

Night owl, or early bird?

Early bird, I am my most creative in the early part of the day.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

The Golden Pathway teaches our young muses that we positive values and determination young children can make a difference.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 

The following two books are under contract with Guardian Angel Publishing:

“The Hockey Agony” – Peer Pressure and Honesty many times go hand-in-hand.  What is Larry to do when his teammate asks him to cheat when he is given the responsibility to run the clock during the big hockey game?  Outwardly, it may seem he will follow suit, but his conscious tells him otherwise at the moment of truth.

“Powder Monkey” – Forced into a life at sea by the Royal Navy Press Gangs, 12-year-old Tommy Kitt finds himself in a floating sea of misery. Poor living conditions and beatings occur daily. Despite his runt like size, Tommy must summon the courage and physical ability to prevail in a situation he cannot escape.

I’m in the editing stages of my historical fiction middle grade manuscript entitled, “Images of the Past” and my goal is to have it ready for submission by the end of the summer 2011.

What is your dream cast for your book?

Sissy Spacek, Donald Sutherland as ma and pa

Kyle Massey as Jenkins

Jake T. Austin as David

What is your favorite Quote?

“Plant seeds all along the way. And don’t fret about the how. Soon you will look up and you will find you have reached your goals.” ~ Dyan Garris ~ The Book of Daily Channeled Messages


Dee. My niece gave me this nickname when my brother Tom married a Donna and I was dating a Tom (who I eventually married).

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

My husband and daughters took me out to dinner to my favorite Italian Restaurant.

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In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?

K.L. Going.

Be transported through time to the Underground Railroad, where high-pitched screams echo each night. David’s cruel Pa always chooses the same victim. Despite the circumstances during slavery, David uncovers the courage to defy his Pa.
Raised in a hostile environment where abuse occurs daily, David attempts to break the mold and befriends the slave, Jenkins, owned by his Pa. Fighting against extraordinary times and beliefs, David attempts to lead Jenkins to freedom with no regard for his own safety and possible consequences dealt out by his Pa.

Giveaway Details: 
1 copy of The Golden Pathway
Open to US or Canada
Ends 8/31/11

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