Books by Rose Rosie Russell Children's Books Author Illustrator
In a recent visit to an author's group, I had the pleasure meeting author Donna McDine. She has an array of great books readers enjoy and learn some wonderful lessons along the way.
Let's get started. 

Hi Donna, welcome! 

1) Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself and how you became a writer? 

I have always enjoyed immersing in a book that has me easily blocking the distractions of the world around me and I’m striving to create that joy from my books. I fondly remember watching the television show, Lou Grant with my dad and I always found it fascinating how the research to the investigative reporting was conducting. I dreamed of becoming a reporter myself one day, but for some reason I did not follow this path. Happily I find myself many moons later writing for children. My writing bug re-sparked in 2007 when I came across the aptitude test for the Institute of Children’s Writing and eagerly completed the test and mailed in. To my pure joy I was accepted into the program and I’m now proud to say I have five published books to my credit.

2) Tell us about the books you currently have out? 

I currently have five published children’s books, all through Guardian Angel Publishing. Without being consciously aware at the time of writing the below books, several of the themes tie in bullying and overcoming such abuse. It’s important that the young and old put a stop to such all too frequent displays of inhumanity. By doing so it will create a ripple effect of compassion toward one another.

The Golden Pathway              
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 leads Jenkins to freedom with no regard for his own safety and possible consequences dealt out by his Pa.
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.
A Sandy Grave
The anticipation of summer vacation can put anyone in a great mood with the excitement of the adventures to be had, especially at the beach. But what is a group of friends to do when they find themselves thrown into discovering the identity of the mysterious men at the beach?
Dee and Deb Off They Go ~ Kindergarten First Day Jitters
The anxiety of finding one’s own place and friends in kindergarten without the comfort of having her twin sister nearby at first overwhelms Dee until she realizes even with being without her twin sister, her and her classmates for the most part are in the same boat.
3) What are your goals for 2018? 

Now that I’ve been getting back into the swing of my writing over the last six months I have two works-in-progress that are in the final stages of editing and my goal is to publish both in 2018. The first is a children’s picture book that I’m collaborating on, which focuses on the intuitive connection pet owners and pets have for one another. The second manuscript is for adults, focusing on gratitude and creating an authentic life.

4) Where can our viewers find you?  

As so many people are these days, I’m quite active on social media. Readers may connect with me at:


Donna, you are one busy lady! Thank you so much for taking the time for this interview. I look forward to your new stories to come in 2018. 

If you would like to leave a comment or ask Donna a question, click on the comment section below. 

As always, happy reading,



01/21/2018 11:45am

Hi Rose,

Thank you for interviewing me and profiling me on my blog! I had a blast responding to your questions and I look forward to engaging with your visitors.

Best wishes,

01/21/2018 2:09pm

Donna, it has been such a pleasure meeting you and I appreciate you taking the time to be featured on my page.

I love the fact you watched the Lou Grant show and wanted to be a reporter. I loved that show as well and want to watch it again now.

How wonderful you have books out there that touch on bullying and how readers will become more aware of this through your stories.

"A Sandy Grave" looks like an interesting and adventurous story. I will have to read that one soon.

Your book for kindergartners is adorable and I know it will help many starting school for the first time.

Thanks again!

01/21/2018 2:50pm


A true pleasure to be here. Thank you so kindly for the lovely new connection and support.

Best wishes,

01/22/2018 8:40am

Two books this year - that's great, Donna!

01/22/2018 3:18pm

Thanks for visiting Alex. I greatly appreciate your support. It's my dream for the two books in 2018. Hears to making it happen!

01/23/2018 5:09am

Terrific interview, Donna, and wonderful books. Looking forward to reading what is yet to come!

01/23/2018 3:40pm

Karin, thanks for visiting and for your lovely note. I appreciate your support. Best, Donna

02/02/2018 12:30pm

Rosie, thanks for your amazing support!!!


02/02/2018 12:51pm

Donna, you are so welcome. Thank you for being a part of my page these past two weeks!
Wishing you and your books much success in the years to come.
Have a great weekend,


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Books by Rose Rosie Russell Children's Books Author Illustrator