#JuNoWriMo Featured Author: Don Beard @drb1227

Meet some of your fellow JuNo WriMos in our Featured Author series each Monday and Wednesday starting June 4. ~


unnamedMy name is Don Beard, and I started writing in college. In fact, I finished my first short story then, a horror story set on my university’s campus. Anyway, once I graduated and had to really start working for a living, I put the pen and words away for awhile. Too long in fact, but that’s okay.

About three years ago, I started writing again, and took about a year to finish my first full length novel. It ended up being nearly 150,000 words, and it was a joy to write. However, I felt that it needed some sort of story to take place before it to set the stage for it. So, that story, entitled Seven Days,was born in NaNo of ’12. After several edits and revisions, I’m proud to say that it has been published by WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson.

JuNoWriMo Plans

The book I plan on working on for JuNo is the fourth book in the series, and it’s called The Final Days of August MacLayne. It’s already started, and my plan is to finish it in June. Once that’s done, I can go back and pick up the third book in the series which is also underway. It’s called The Greatest Gift. I also have an idea and working titles for a young adult trilogy that springs from this series but that’s all they are at this point. They’re all Christian fiction, something I hold dear and have thoroughly enjoyed writing!

Final Days is about a father who finds out he has a limited amount of time left and sets out to find his only child, a red-headed daughter named Anna Margaret MacLayne. She is a character that we first meet in Seven Days, and we find that she has a rough history and was essentially wrongly disowned by her father. She leaves and changes her name and he has had no contact with her for several years. In the process of searching for her, terrible things happen to him and those around him. I know how the story is going to end, but I’m not sure exactly how it’s gonna get there.

Find Don:

My twitter handle is @drb1227, and you can find me on facebook at www.facebook.com/don.beard1. I have a blog at blooger.com called The Freshening Breeze, but honestly, I haven’t been very good at keeping it updated. Between two jobs, raising my kids, and writing I run out of time.


One Reply to “#JuNoWriMo Featured Author: Don Beard @drb1227”

  1. I have a similar problem. I know how the story’s going to end, but I don’t know how it’s going to get there! Lol. I never put the pen and paper away, but I know what you mean about having to work for a living and having no time to write. That’s my life. I struggle finding any energy to write when I actually have the time for it. All I really do is work and sleep XP. Your books sound great. I would love to look them over. I’ll go look for your first book in the library/amazon!

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