Hailed by American and European literary review experts as one the greatest up and coming act-provoking writers, is LaDonna Marie. The literary artist is an award-winning, international and best-selling author, motivational speaker, and founder of Planting Positive Seeds. She published her first poem in an anthology, Whispers with The League of American Poets in 2007. In 2010, she self-published
Hailed by American and European literary review experts as one the greatest up and coming act-provoking writers, is LaDonna Marie. The literary artist is an award-winning, international and best-selling author, motivational speaker, and founder of Planting Positive Seeds. She published her first poem in an anthology, Whispers with The League of American Poets in 2007. In 2010, she self-published her freshman book, Expressions of the Mind, Body & Soul. Without any effort on her part, she received a Certificate of Congratulation after capturing the attention of Congressman Bennie Thompson, 2nd district of MS.
Her book titles such as, Until Tomorrow Comes, Lessons: Shattered Pieces Being Restored 2014, and Quiet Moments with God, and have yielded world-wide attention. She is the recipient of more than a dozen awards including a 2012, Humanitarian Award, and the 2014 DJ Gatsby Book Club Literary Award in Poetry. Meet our spotlighted author below.
Fancy: How would you describe your swagher? What makes LaDonna Marie, LaDonna Marie?
LaDonna: I would describe my swagher by being who I am authentically meant to be, an amazing author and poet who helps others discover the champion in them. What makes LaDonna Marie is my ability to encourage and empower others in overcoming obstacles, and promoting growth and self- awareness.
Fancy: You published your first children’s book last year, the first volume of the Larry the Alligator series. What inspired your cross over to that genre?
LaDonna: I have always valued helping and encouraging my children through their life lessons. In writing Larry the Alligator: Makes Friends, I saw the need for children everywhere to get the tools needed to be able handle different life experiences in making friends.
Fancy: Are you still writing poetry as well?
LaDonna: Yes, I am. Poetry was my first love and will always be.
Fancy: Is there a particular genre you enjoy writing most?
LaDonna: I love writing poetry, self- help, romance, and children literature.
Fancy: Who are some of your favorite authors?
LaDonna: Dr. Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen
Fancy: You’ve received many awards and accolades as a writer. Of course your writing has to play a major part in that, but would you contribute your growth and successes to any other methods or tips that you can share?
LaDonna: Yes, thank you so much, I am honored to be an International multi- award winning author/ poet. I can say that it has everything to do with deciding as young child who I wanted to be and then working my way to this point. I can say first it takes believing in yourself and tapping into the purpose for which you were created. In anything you want to do, you have to do the work and research. My faith has carried me since I started writing poetry at the age 14, I knew then I wanted to impact lives for the better. So, with each poetry book, devotional, and children book, I aspire to empower others daily globally.
Fancy: Will there be a Lessons III?
LaDonna: I can see a Lessons III coming. My mission is to empower and help others to heal, and the books are assisting others through the poetry.
Fancy: Are you currently reading any good books at this time? Care to share?
LaDonna: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Fancy: Please list two of your favorite quotes.
LaDonna: Dedication, Determination, and Hard work will feed life into your dreams~ LaDonna M. Cook
Always be true to yourself, and follow your Dreams- LaDonna M. Cook
Fancy: Do you have any new projects or events that you care to share?
LaDonna: I am releasing Rebuilding Fragments Workbook and the Quiet Moments with God: 21 Days of Positive Inspiration in the first quarter 2018. Please visit my website and subscribe and stay connected to get all the updates of upcoming events.
The Alcornite received her B.A., in Social Work in 2005, earned a M.S., in Counseling Studies from Capella University; and a M.A., from South University in Professional Counseling, respectively. She lives in Mississippi, where she born and raised, with her two wonderful children Landon and Lathan Cook.
LaDonna Marie and her books both can be found online below.
LaDonna Marie Website: www.ladonnamarie.org
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