Works in Progress

What I’d love to do is a publish a book, but so far I’ve come up short. I’ve written a couple of novel manuscripts and I have a story collection ready, too. I’ve tried sending them out with a very good agent with whom I have, for a number of reasons, recently parted ways. I will continue to try to get my books the attention I think they deserve.

Many thanks to Ben Percy for reading one of the manuscripts, PORTAGE, a novel based on the story recently selected winner by judge Anne Tyler in a december magazine contest:

Donna Trump has an uncanny sense of human psychology, and her debut novel vividly telegraphs the beautiful, frail lives of characters who seem so real they must have been plucked from life. Portage is eerie, funny, sad, suspenseful, a story of sisterhood, motherhood, marriage, of twisted but profound familial ties. You’ll love it. I sure did.

— Benjamin Percy, author of The Dead Lands, Red Moon, The Wilding and Refresh, Refresh

And many thanks as well to Jean Thompson and her kind words about my short story “Seizure,” which she chose for publication in the spring 2014 issue of Ploughshares:

Your story has so much emotion in it without a trace of sentimentality – and such a grueling, blow by blow picture of what Isaac must go through every minute of every day. I was so pleased to find it in the submissions, and, bad pun, seized on it. Something else I appreciated about your story was how grounded and specific the setting was. And the tour of the auto plant was a wonderful plot aspect. It would have been less interesting if Isaac had just gotten bogged down in the snow. Glad also that you chose to end the story before they reached home, though I feel certain that they did.

(“Seizure” has since been listed in “Other Distinguished Stories of 2014,” Best American Short Stories 2015.)

Fiction writing, I have learned, takes patience. I am grateful for comments and encouragement like the words above from the talented Ben Percy and Jean Thompson, for honors when they come, for general cheering-on from many other published writers and writers soon-to-be-published who have helped me along the way.