Donna Marie Gentry
Van Buren, Arkansas
Good morning, Donna. Welcome to Vision and Verse, the Place for Art and Authors this morning. What have you written?
A book titled "SimpleWords" with poems and two short stories.
What is your favorite genre to write?
What is your favorite food?
Tea or coffee?
Coffee for breakfast. I drink mainly diet coke and water.
Pizza or ice cream?
Where would you like to visit?
Favorite musical artist?
Do you listen to music when you write?
Sometimes. it depends on what I'm writing about. There are times I need complete silence.
I like listening to Enya. The music and lyrics are just beautiful. It's so comforting to listen to.
What makes you laugh?
It's easy to make me laugh. So I laugh at most anything. My friends and family is good about making me laugh. Laughter is definitely great!
How old were you when you started writing?
13 years old. I started putting rhymes together much earlier, but I didn't put it on paper. I wrote a short story in the sixth grade, and I was hooked.
Describe your perfect evening.
A quiet night at home watching television, then focusing on my thoughts and writing.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Family, friends, and people in general. Different situations we go through in life.
What do you do when you get a writer's block?
I focus on a game of scrabble, read, or watch television.
Who is your favorite author?
I read more non-fiction than anything. I do enjoy reading the works of Helen Steiner Rice.
Best book you ever read?
Every book I read touches me in different ways. A book that always comes to mind is one I read in high school titled "Girl in Cotton Wool." I still have that in my collection.
Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
My daughter. We are very close. She makes me see things in a different light. She has a very kind heart and I am so proud of her. She always makes me feel special.
If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
My paternal grandmother. She passed away when my dad was three years old. He never got to know her. When someone sent me a picture of her unmarked grave, I cried like I had just lost her. I grieved for someone I didn't know. I didn't expect to be overwhelmed like that. I would like to sit with her to find out the type of person she was. It would have been interesting to know what kind of influence she may have had on my dad's life also.
What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer? I would say start writing down your thoughts. Write in a journal for different events. Just write. It will get better as you write more and more. Never give up!
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