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Donna Lea Simpson
Like most writers, I learned to read early and fell in love with books. The passion was strong enough that I would literally 'have my nose in a book', absorbing it, as if the plots and characters seeped through my skin and down to my bones. The world just seemed so much bigger in the pages of a... show more

Like most writers, I learned to read early and fell in love with books. The passion was strong enough that I would literally 'have my nose in a book', absorbing it, as if the plots and characters seeped through my skin and down to my bones. The world just seemed so much bigger in the pages of a book, and sometimes the characters in them were more vivid even than any of the folks I knew. I'm really not sure when I figured out that someone wrote the books I loved to read, and that maybe... just maybe!... I could be one of those people, those writers, but by the time I was about 12, I knew. The only life that really made sense was one that included writing.Of course, after that, it took a loooong time before I connected the two facts; my love of writing, and that it was possible to choose it as a career. I dilly-dallied for a long time, doing anything but writing.So I've done a lot of different things as 'work'. I've been a sales clerk, and a receptionist. I cleaned people's homes, and I've worked in a factory. But for the last ten years I've been an author, and it's everything I hoped it would be, and much, much more.I first decided to try my hand at romance novels solely because there was a market for them, but then I fell in love with Regencies! I'd read all of Jane Austen's books, as well as Maria Edgeworth, so I had a little background in the period, though it was woefully inadequate for what I needed. I read a lot of Regencies, too, though: Mary Balogh, Patricia Veryan, Jo Beverley, Mary Jo Putney. But the fun really began when I wrote my first Regency romance for a (very small) publisher, then wrote another and approached Kensington with a quivering stomach and loads of fluttery butterflies.I was lucky. They were enthusiastic about Lord St. Claire's Angel, and voila, I had a writing career. I loved writing Regencies, but before long it was time to branch out, and since then I've written mysteries, contemporary romances and paranormal romance. What I love most about writing is creating characters and weaving their lives, tormenting them a little, then letting them find happiness, love and fulfillment. I write what I like to read, and I love mystery in my romance, and romance in my mystery!Do I have a life outside of writing? Well, of course! I have a lot of other interests, among them cooking, the outdoors, crafts (beading, cross-stitching, etc.) collecting vintage cookware. I like to read, especially mysteries. I enjoy a nice glass of wine with friends, and summer evenings on the patio. I'm lucky to be surrounded by wonderful family and lots of friends.I hope you enjoy my books, and come back occasionally. I've got lots more stories up my sleeve, and won't rest until I put them down on paper!Have a great reading day!Donna Lea Simpson
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Hopeless Romantic
Hopeless Romantic rated it 4 years ago
Donna Lea Simpson is a masterful storyteller. The first time I came in to contact with one of her historical romances I could not get over the easiness of the flow, the tender bond between the characters and the straightforward plots. She does throw in a few surprises along the way but it adds to ...
Romance Book Reviews For You
Romance Book Reviews For You rated it 4 years ago
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.Jane Dresden just has her mother as her father has pasted. Jane's mother has set up for Jane to marry Viscount Haven. Jane who is around twenty-eight years old does not want to get married and if she does have t...
Hopeless Romantic
Hopeless Romantic rated it 5 years ago
A Matchmaker's Christmas by: Donna Lea SimpsonBeautiful story of forgiveness and redemption. Twenty years ago Beatrice believes her actions contributed to the death of the wife of David Chappell who she was in love with. For this reason she has closed herself off from society and become a lady'...
jmihalik
jmihalik rated it 6 years ago
I didn't much care for the writing style. It seemed to be trying too hard. Lady Anne was entertaining, but she also seemed to be trying a bit too hard in places. Lord Darkefell was meh. And the book just ended, practically in the middle of a sentence, with no real resolution of the romance arc.
The Window Seat on a Rainy Day
The Window Seat on a Rainy Day rated it 7 years ago
It’s always fun to see a con artist getting conned. Getting the perspective of those who realize they’re being lied to and watching how they turn the lies around can be great fun in a story. It’s even more fun when the all the lies and plots are put aside to reveal a true romance. It was this kind o...
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