Meet author Donna Schlachter

A hybrid author, Donna Schlachter 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.

Tell us about your newest book.

A young woman runs from her past, straight into the arms of a stranger. Was she going from bad to worse? Or did God hold her in His hands? A death-bed promise, a family legacy, an unexpected wife–how can he turn his back on them to fulfill a vow?

What inspired you to write The Road to Freedom)?

Actually, I wrote the blurb for another book, then sat down to write the synopsis for this one. And they got mixed up in my head. Which isn’t unusual, it seems. At any rate, I was about three chapters into this book and realized I’d really messed up. So I had to go back to the other book, change the synopsis, and then continued writing this story. The idea actually came from a discussion about the mafia connection in Denver, and so I did some research and found out about the mob in Chicago. I thought a story about a woman running from The Family following her husband’s murder would work for this series.

What genre do you focus on?

I love writing historical romantic mystery, because I always learn something new. But I also love writing contemporary mystery with a touch of romance, because I’m forced to write about people who are nothing like me. I feel like I live in a bubble, and usually the world doesn’t intrude. But to write realistic contemporary stories, I have to look at what’s going on around me.

Why do you write?

I have stories in my head that won’t let go or go away, so I have to get them written down. What drives me is the certainty that somebody out there needs to hear the story of God’s redemptive love for them and their situation, which is why my heroines and heroes all have bad pasts, something they’re running from.

How have you changed or grown as a writer?

I used to write because it relieved me of another story. Like those lottery balls letting out another number. Then I thought maybe I’d get rich doing this. Well, that hasn’t happened. But now I write because I respect these characters, and I want them to get out there and do what God intended for them.

What is your favorite pastime?

Binge-watching TV series, such as “Murdoch Mysteries”, “Midsomer Murders”, and their ilk.

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

Sure do. Dozens! Here is the link to my boks:

What are you working on now?

Writing the next book in a series called “The Switchboard Sisterhood” of which Juliette was my first. You can check out the preorder for Morgana here: and the rest of the series:

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