Saturday, November 30, 2013

Debut Author - Ladonna Cole

Today, I'm excited to introduce a brand new author and my good friend, Ladonna Cole. I knew Ladonna when she was a teenager. Now, she has teens of her own. Her debut YA novel The Torn released this week, November 25.

Ladonna, what a wonderful time in your life. I know from my experience last year, debuting your first book changes your life, increases your work load, and brings more exhilaration than one person can handle. God bless you and your book.

Trailer link:

Though we want to hear more from Ladonna, right now, I want to interview and learn about Katie Lynn Wilson. I see her standing over here. Characters always do run away with the show.

Writing with God's Hope: Welcome Katie Lynn.

Katie Lynn Wilson: Kate. Just Kate.

WWGH: Sorry, Kate. Welcome. Some of our readers haven’t read your stories yet. Could you tell us a bit about the Torn and what prompted you to give this account?

KW: Sure, I guess. The Torn is about a small part of a summer in my life after my parents divorced, when I was 16 years old.

WWGH: Recently, then?

KW: Yes, very recent. It all started when I got arrested one night. I was hanging with some friends and we were dared to graffiti the back of the gym of our high school.  I don’t usually do stuff like that.

WWGH: But you did this time?

KW:  (Nods.)  Not one of my better moments.

WWGH: So, The Torn is about you and your graffiti friends.

KW: Oh, no, not at all. I was just telling you the reason I had to go to Heartwork Village.

WWGH:  What is that and where?

KW: It’s a grief recovery center in the Catoctin Mountains, about 70 miles from Washington, D.C. It’s so pretty there.

WWGH:  So the story is set in Pennsylvania? 

KW: Um, yes and no.

WWGH: (raises brows)

KW: The village is there, but the story is everywhere. Or well, it could be anywhere, or anywhen.

WWGH:I don’t know what you are talking about.

KW: Sorry, it’s just Heartwork Village doesn’t really do regular grief recovery therapy. They do something quite different.  They use quantum technology to create spheres that carry the jumpers, (that’s kids like me), to alternate realities.

WWGH: Time travel?

KW: Yes and No.

WWGH: Here we go again.

KW: (giggles) Sorry. The spheres can go through time, but mostly they are created to take you into a quantum energy field where reality is manipulated.

WWGH:  (waves hand overhead)

KW: (Smiles) Yeah, me too. I am no science whiz much less a quantum geek. I’ve just picked up the lingo around the village. Simplified?

WWGH:  Please.

KW: Whatever you fear the most, whatever dark thoughts you have, whatever insecurities you carry into the Village with you…that is what comes to life inside the quantum jump. It’s supposed to help you face things and teach you to be strong.

WWGH:  But it didn’t for you.

KW: (pauses to think) No. It did. But…

WWGH: Please don’t say yes and no.

KW: I did learn to be strong, but something bad happened. Something went horribly wrong. The safety protocols were broken and my whole team had to endure the unthinkable.  (Kate’s eyes well with tears and she squeezes her hands together.)

WWGH:  I am so sorry to hear that, Kate. Are you all okay?

KW: Not all of us.

WWGH: (hands Kate a tissue and waits)

KW: (wipes her eyes and draws a ragged breath.)

WWGH: (In a soft voice) What do you fear most, Kate?

KW: That I am..(falls silent).

WWGH: That you are…

KW: (A bare whisper) that I am poison and hurt the ones I love the most.

WWGH: Are you able to go on with the interview?

KW: I can do one more question.

WWGH: Why did you decide to share this very personal story?

KW: I decided to tell the story of The Torn because I thought there might be other people like me, who just struggle with a great loss in their life. I want them to know that it won’t always be like this. The pain is there for a reason. We can embrace it and learn and grow from it, you know?

WWGH:  Thank you for your time and candor.

KW: Thank you.

I don't know about you, but meeting Kate makes me want to rush right out and get her story.
Purchase The Torn now at

Ladonna Cole thrives in the Smoky Mountains with her two kids and enjoys singing, playing the ukulele, and traveling. The research trips to England and the Bahamas in 2013 fueled her well of imagination for a long while.  She is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and Anger Management Therapist. Here's some other places you might find Ladonna hanging out.
Welcome, Ladonna and Kate. I wish you well. Any questions or comments out there?


Melanie said...

Congratulations Ladonna! Your book sounds like a wonderful read. I wish you great success with it.

Thanks for telling us about Ladonna and her book, Janet.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the comment, Melanie. We YA authors must stick together.

Unknown said...

Thanks Melanie!