Hello Again!

Hello, friends! I’m sorry I’ve been away for so long. Right after the holidays I moved my family to another city and have spent the past two months trying to unpack and get my kids settled in new schools and making new friends. It’s been more of a challenge than I anticipated! But things are running a little more smoothly now, allowing me time to pop in her to give a quick update on a few things.


Thing #1: Great news from abroad! Edenbrooke and Blackmoore are both published in Spanish and French. They are beautiful! And Edenbrooke won the Dama Prize 2014ย for theย best historical romance!ย I was also invited by my Spanish publishers to visit their lovely country this summer. Oooh, I am so tempted! I am itching for another trip abroad.


Thing #2: The question of the year: am I writing something new? The answer: yes and no. I am in the dreaming stage of my next story. The writing stage will come next, and soon, but it will take me a while. By “a while” I mean close to a year, most likely. And then probably another year to get it published. So I’m sorry to all of you who are clamoring for another story soon! I hope you’ll be patient with me as I put my family first and try to figure out writing with five kids, including the cutest baby on earth who is crawling all over the place and saying “mama” and loving to be with me. I would love it if you would continue to share my books with friends and family. THANK YOU to all of you who have made them more successful than I ever dreamed they could be.


Thing #3: The Edenbrooke jewelry is in danger of being discontinued, so if you had it in mind to buy a piece or two, you might want to do it relatively soon. I have links to the jeweler’s store on my store page.


Thing #4: Are you a writer? Do you dream of being published? I highly recommend the LDStorymaker’s Writers Conference, which can be found here. It’s held in Provo, Utah on May 15th and 16th. I will be in attendance as a student and am so excited by the authors they will have this year, including a YA author I really look up to, Martine Leavitt. I bought my tickets this year JUST to attend one of her workshops. She is phenomenally talented.


Now before I sign out, I’m curious to know: if you could ask me to write a story about anything or anywhere, what would it be?

46 thoughts on “Hello Again!

  1. Sara says:

    Congratulations on all the exciting changes in your life and on being published in other languages. So exciting! I would love it if you could write a historical romance centered on the Isle of Skye. I just got done reading Wildfire at Midnight by Mary Stewart and am craving more Scotland and Skye! Wishing you all the best and hoping the Muse returns soon!

  2. Crystal says:

    I will read whatever you write, and most likely love it. The setting doesn’t matter to me one bit, I just hope you keep writing your romances. They are so lovely! My mother in law just listened to edenbrooke on audio and loved it. I knew she would!

  3. Scotland!!! Because I live here and would LOVE to read something about this part of the country. It’s so rustic and has such an amazing history that the story possibilities are endless! And kilts. Let’s not forget the kilts.

    I would love to read something set in Australia. Maybe set on a horse ranch in the outback or something.

    Blackmoore is my favourite book and I’ve read it so many times! Each time I find something new to love.

  4. Charity says:

    I would love it to be in Northern France like Cherbourg or something! And have it be an arranged marriage but she escapes to London and meets her future husband there!

  5. Charity says:

    I’m coming up with ideas left and right. How about a girl (most like all girls who read your books) who is so obsessed with the “idea” of love. The girl can’t even see what her secret admire (long time friend) is trying to tell her. And on the verge oh him giving up she realizes!
    Or a girl is super annoyed with her brother -wants nothing to do with him. And always pushes him and his friends away from a background of them teasing her when she was little. But all along, there was always one boy who secretly was in love and told no one, left love notes, who would try to stop his friends, but was too scared that they would not be friends anymore and that meant he couldn’t see “her” again.

  6. Catherine Rich says:

    It’s so nice to hear your update. I want to read Edenbrooke again. It’s my favorite. Moving is so stressful! Give it some more time and hang in there.

  7. Julie says:

    If I could ask you to write a story about anywhere, it would have to be Scotland. See, you’ve written about England before and I love when authors change their locations. Scotland is filled with history and shrouded in legend and covered in mist.

  8. Han says:

    Hey Julianne! I love the time period in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters! It’s one of my favorite ink series as well! I highly recommend you watch it, it could be a great place to draw inspiration from!

  9. Vicki Kielsmeier says:

    I grew up in Georgia and love the Civil War history. I would want a story of that era. Dreamy!!

  10. Cindy H says:

    I agree with others, I’ll read anything you write. You’re an amazing author. As for waiting another year for a book. Totally worth it to me! Put that family first & only submit something you’re happy with, in your own time. Thank you!!

  11. Lydia says:

    Can I just say how much I LOVE your books. Edenbrooke holds a special place in my heart. I can’t get enough of your writing, and I will be anxiously waiting for your next book whatever it might be! I would love to read about a heroine who is also a mother. I’m sure you’re passionate about that subject as you have 5 sweet kids of your own.

  12. Julie Blevins says:

    I would LOVE to see what you could do with a Fantasy book! Something with magic, and of course one of your irresistible love stories

  13. lyssa says:

    I’m really hoping for another historical romance. and though i’m impatient, i’m also grateful. thank you for keeping us in the loop. a long time frame is better than no time frame!

  14. Shawna Perez says:

    I highly recommend taking your spanish publisher up on the trp! I lived in Spain, to learn to Flamenco. It is beautiful, romantic and I think you would find it inspiring!

  15. Kate says:

    Oh, it’s been so long since I read Edenbrooke or Blackmoore. I’ve been having a Georgette Heyer fest lately, and am so, so very thankful that you recommended her to your readers. Her books are luscious in a way that I can’t even describe. What would I have you write? Hmm. It seems to me that most historical romances are either about couples whose social standing is equal, or couples where the man is of high social standing and the woman is a peasant. I love both, but have been itching to read a story where the roles are reversed: a rich woman marries a penniless man, for love.

    • AWS says:

      Kate, Try Sarah M. Eden’s “Courting Miss Lancaster” for the rich gal falls in love with penniless man story.

    • Ema Lee says:

      Read ‘Just Ella’ by Annette K Larsen or ‘Courting Miss Lancaster’ by Sarah M Eden, Kate!
      Both of them are just as clean as Mrs. Donaldson’s, and they’re both fun. The first is set in a medieval sort of kingdom, the second in London during the Regency – (this one is actually a sequel. Try ‘Seeking Persephone’ first if you want to understand the characters better.) I loved and own a copy of both.

  16. Kylis Bevans says:

    I have always been fascinated with Scotland and Ireland. The celtic history has always been so mysterious and romantic. The legends as well

  17. Alexandra says:

    I will read anything you write! I would love to see a character that has a disability like a hearing impairment. I haven’t come across many stories with main characters who are deaf. I know from personal experience that being deaf is very challenging but there are also many interesting ways of overcoming those challenges! I am looking forward to your next book!

  18. Carol says:

    Thanks for sharing Things 1-4 with us. It’s great to know what’s going on with you. I am glad that you are a mother first! Way to go. As for a setting, I love Regency romances and England is a great place for that. The Isle of Man might also be an interesting setting for a book. If your characters travel, Sri Lanka and Singapore are fascinating places, especially in the 1800s. As for content, possibly a conflict/romance, but definitely have lots of humor. Edenbrooke really made me laugh and I love it!

  19. Hannah says:

    I now understand even more why your books are so incredible – they take time. While it makes me sad, it is a good thing in a way. Authors who crank out two books in a year don’t have the perfected kind of books you have. I adore your books so much. They are pure perfection. And I love how you always put your family first – that is the best way to live! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Hannah says:

    After watching Cinderella, my mother and I decided that Richard Madden would be absolutely beautiful as Henry . . . So if they do make a movie (and they should), and if I get any input (which isn’t likely), I’m putting in a word for him. ๐Ÿ™‚ And Lily Collins would probably be my pick for Kate (what with the eyebrows and all). I’m sighing just thinking about your book . . .

  21. Karen Johnson says:

    I just finished reading Edenbrooke and Blackmoor this week for the first time. Couldn’t put them down. I am utterly blown away! I am a lifelong fan of Austen, Heyer, Gaskill, anything BBC costume drama, and these books are so rich with detail and layers of plot and emotions. They are now ranked among my favorites and will be read and re-read. Thanks Ms. Donaldson for these treasures and please write more.

  22. LaTonya Todd says:

    I would love to read a romance where they correspond through letters….with much witty banter before ever meeting. I love your gift of funny, sweet, somewhat…sarcastic dialogue. Refreshing!

  23. Ema Lee says:

    Great news about the publishing in S and F! Also, glad to hear that you’re getting settled in. Moving’s tough.
    Mmmmhhmmm – if you could write anything …. I think it would be fun to have a story in the heart of London or Bath, if you’re leaning towards another one in England.
    Scotland and Ireland sound really fun, too. All sorts of different ways those could go.

    I think that it would be enjoyable to have a story about a painfully shy girl who ends up with a very well-known and ‘famous’ gentleman. Sort of a Cinderella idea – though the girl doesn’t HAVE to be penniless. Another fun one would be a grumpy, introverted guy; lively vivacious girl.

    I don’t know. I’m sure that we’ll love whatever you come up with

  24. Corinne says:

    Ireland was my first thought, but Scotland sounds wonderful too. What about two people who are either wonderful friends and don’t realize they are in love, or who are madly in love, but are separated by some uncontrollable circumstance (like maybe an arranged marriage). After the death of the spouse, they cross paths again and are finally able to be together. I love your stories! I’m looking forward to what you come up with.

  25. Diane says:

    I agree with the other comments. A beautiful romance set a few hundred years ago in Scotland would be lovely and different. Especially if he (the main guy) was some sort of captain or military leader. It could be sometime during a war… and it would bring out both really sad and really joyous emotions.

  26. Jada Lewis says:

    I would have to say that if I ever asked you to write a story it’s location would be set in Austria…. during the 19th Century! No one has ever really talked about that time period specifically in that country. Surprisingly lots of famous people came from Austria. Like Marie Antoinette queen of France, Empress Elizabeth of Austria “Sisi”, or even Beethoven!! But most of all Austria is a beautiful country it’s landscape is full of spiraling hills, evergreen mountains, and lush meadows. Thats probably why I love the movie Sound of Music so much!

  27. Lindsay E says:

    My daughter (age 11) and I love your books! I love that I don’t have to worry about anything as she reads your books too!
    We love the regency romance novels they are fun. One thought I had when I read your post about your books being translated into Spanish, it might be fun to have a romance novel written from that same old time period but set in Spain with that culture woven into the story…good luck! Edenbrooke is my favorite book!

  28. Aubrey says:

    First off you are an amazing author and I love your books! And secondly, have you thought of writing a book about Marianne’s twin sister Cecily and her adventures in London? I am looking forward to reading your next novel!

  29. Add my “I” for Scotland or Ireland.

    I’d love a tomboy who fights against her girly side, but can’t help but give in to it when the right man comes along.

  30. Tess Ford says:

    I live all the way in NZ and wanted to say how much I love your books, I’ve read both twice and have lent to friends. My sister and I both became a little obsessed with Philip and laughed out loud throughout Edenbrooke ๐Ÿ™‚ can’t wait for the next novel but being a mum myself, family absolutely come first-they’re only this little for such a short time after all… Tess x

  31. Shelbi says:

    I am about a month behind of seeing this but I thought I’d comment anyways. I love your stories of England so much I think I am obsessed haha I would love a story in that same setting or in Ireland or Scotland. I think the whole damsel in distress is cute but there should be more added to it. Like a murder in the story and turn it into a love story and a mystery that would be fun! With all the mazes of the gardens in England that could be a fun setting or on the beach with the ocean all those romantic settings are wonderful. Maybe a murder mystery during an adventure that the couple goes on because it has to be a love story so the couple has to be together or something. You’ll do amazing no matter what!!!

  32. Rebekah says:

    Love your books! You are such a talented author. I wouldn’t mind reading a story about Mr. Brandon from Blackmoore. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy and I would love to see a happy ending for him. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also like the idea of reading what happens with Cecily. I am confident that whatever you choose to write about will be fantastic!

  33. Netta says:

    Would you ever consider writing an Edenbrook II from Philip’s point of view? I would love to know what’s going on in his mind!

  34. Monica varela says:

    Congratulations!! I’m from Seville (Spain) and I’ve just finished Blackmoore. It’s gorgeous!! I’m absolutely in love with Henry ???. I’m starting now Edenbrooke and I’ll let you know about it, although after reading Blanckmoore I’m sure that I will love it too.
    As Lindsay E says, it would be amazing to have a romance story set in Spain in that period ? Please we need more books like these!

  35. Lori Spader says:

    I just read Edenbrooke for the tenth or so time and thought I would pop in for the latest word on something new. Anywhere you place your next novel would no doubt be awesome. My favorite story plot would be about a girl who falls in love with a guy when they are younger. They become engaged, but she breaks it off. They meet many years later and he is bitter towards her. She had her reasons for ending it but never stopped loving him. He tries to torment her by inviting a house party and flirting with all the eligable “future” wife prospects. Instead he winds up being pulled back to love her more and begins to understand that what drove them apart cost her a great deal more. It sounds similar to Jane Austen’s Persuasion but much more involved.

  36. Elise says:

    I would be curious to see what you could do for an LDS audience. Maybe incorporating the history of the church into one of your writings. An LDS romance involving either immigrants moving to the US or even taking place in the US.

  37. Sarah says:

    Yay! I really am looking forward to your next. I just re-read Edenbrooke and plan to re-read Blackmore very soon. Enjoy your “proper romance” in an era when romance writing can be poor or stories cheesy or inappropriate — yours are just a breath of fresh air.

  38. Olivia says:

    I just read all of Edenbrooke last night because it was the best and I couldn’t put it down. I also read Blackmoore today. I loved them both but especially the former…I couldn’t get past my dislike for Kate’s mother and family history. I would love another book in a similar setting (or Ireland or Scotland as mentioned) with a Philip-like character. He was easy to love. I liked Henry a lot but I didn’t feel I knew him as well as Philip. I admire your writing talent immensely and particularly your willingness to research. I hope to write like you someday (when I find time between caring for my two under two). In the meantime, I’m still searching for and dreaming of my story. Thank you for your excellent example of mothering and writing. It gives me hope that I can do it too, someday.

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