Denisa Claris Cooke, aka Donna Wheat, is an author who lives in Hotchkiss. Cooke wrote her first book 25 years ago.
After 22 tries she found a publisher and editor.
"But by the time they got through editing it, I didn't like the book. It was way too explicit, should we say. It wasn't even my book anymore," she said. "It was such a negative experience that I didn't even try for a long time."
She spent her time being very busy babysitting grandchildren, and took care of her mother for 27 years.
"About six or seven years ago when she was still doing pretty well, she wanted me to write the family history," Cooke said. No one in her family had ever done that. She did research online about her mother's and father's families.
"It turned out to be pretty much a book," she said. She had copies made and sent it out to family members.
While it wasn't technically a book, it prompted her to write her autobiography for her grandkids and great-grandkids. "It turned out to be about 200 pages," she laughs. "But that's just strictly for the family."
Cooke got the time to write professionally just recently. "Last spring, my youngest grandchild graduated from high school. I didn't have any more activities to attend. They were all graduated and gone." Her mother passed away in July of 2012. She quit playing piano at church and retired from teaching piano.
She was at a loss at what to do with a lot of time on her hands. She was drawn back to writing. "By then she had a Kindle Fire tablet and started reading a lot of e-books, especially the religious fiction," she said. She found the genre very inspirational and made her think while still being entertaining.
She decided to write religious fiction e-books. "You're really never too old to try," Cooke said.
Last January she started writing on her first e-book, "Troublesome Inheritance." She checked with Amazon.com and found out what they required. "This really isn't very hard to get published," she thought, and decided she could do it, too.
Just two weeks after submitting her e-book to Amazon, they contacted her. They liked it, but as she was a new author, they wanted her to do a trilogy. Amazon wanted all three e-books within a year. She agreed. The series is called "To Be Or Not To Be Wealthy, That Is The Problem." Her first book "Troublesome Inheritance" is just $.99 and her second, "Dennell's Dilemmas", is $1.99. The third book, "Dilemmas and Solutions", will be out soon in February.
Cooke's e-books are available through Amazon.com, the Kindle book list, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Copia and other book dealers.
Her books are listed under "religious fiction," but she describes her books as being "romantic mystery in content."
E-books can be downloaded on any e-reader, computer, Ipad or smart phone.
Her books are e-books only and are not available in hard copies.blog comments powered by Disqus