Meet author Donna Schlachter

A hybrid author, Donna writes squeaky clean historical and contemporary suspense. She has been published more than sixty times in books; is a member of several writers groups; facilitates a critique group; teaches writing classes; ghostwrites; edits; and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, traveling extensively for both, and is an avid oil painter. She is taking all the information she’s learned along the way about the writing and publishing process, and is coaching committed career writers.

Tell us about your newest book:

A King for Kinsella features a widow who needs a man to help around her ranch, and a man who needs a fresh start.

Kingston Marchmont flees Australia in search of a new life—and a new opportunity to prove he isn’t the man wrongfully convicted and transported.

Kinsella Jackson struggles to raise her four children following her husband’s mysterious death. Did he jump? Was he pushed? Or was it an accident? And how can this king help her?

What inspired you to write A King for Kinsella?

I originally responded to a call-out in a multi-author group, and by the time I responded, K and Q were about the only letters left, so I chose K. The notion of a mistaken identity came to mind, one where the widow thinks the man is a king.

How would you describe this book to someone in a 30-second blurb?

Life in the west was dangerous and not easy for a widow on her own with four children. No social safety nets. Her only recourse, realistically, is to re-marry. But her options are limited. So when a stranger sends her a letter saying he’s on his way, she hopes marriage is off the table. Kingston Marchmont wants a fresh start and a second chance, but when he arrives in Colorado, he can see this woman doesn’t want him. Now what?

What genre do you focus on?

I write historical romance with a touch of mystery, and contemporary mystery with a touch of romance. I love cozy mysteries, and I find romance takes the edge off any unpleasantness otherwise.

Why do you write?

I have these stories and characters in my head that scream to be released. Plus, I feel God called me to put these stories out there for readers, to show His love for them.

Who is your main character, and how did you choose that name?

Kinsella Jackson is a widow with four children. I chose the name because of the K thing.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?

I schedule time on my calendar to write Monday through Friday, except Wednesdays, as that day was already full. I write for 2 hours at a time most of those days, which usually brings me through a chapter.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

I think the hardest part is not knowing how readers will receive the story. For me, it’s a done deal in my head and my heart, but communicating that can be tough.

What’s the best part of your author’s life?

I love writing THE END. I feel I’ve done what I’m supposed to do. Of course, hitting PUBLISH is also a blast.

What’s one unusual fact about you?

I am a Canadian by birth, an American by choice. I met my husband of 24 years online, and moved to the US before I ever met him in person. But God…

How have you changed or grown as a writer?

When I first started, I wanted to know if I had one book inside me. Then I fell in love with my characters, and ended up writing 12 books in that series. And then I realized I could write historic as well as contemporary, and that opened up a new world to me.

What is your favorite pastime?

Reading. Eating. Watching TV mysteries. Sleeping. All depends on the time of day.

Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

I have published 60+ books over 20 years. You can find me at

What are you working on now?

Whatever the next book in my schedule is. Starting in 2024, I’m slowing down on multi-author projects, and focusing more on existing and new projects of my own. I have several series in the works, including the Pony Express, a writer who is also a rancher in Arizona, mail-order brides, and more.

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