Hi, I’m Donna B. McNicol and I’m almost 70-something
mother/stepmother to 10, grandmother to over 20, and
great-grandmother to, well, I lost count. Until Dec 2013, I lived
and traveled full-time with my husband, Stuart, in a 41′ toy
hauler fifth wheel trailer that we pulled with our Freightliner.
We both enjoy riding our Harley-Davidson motorcycles as we follow
the warm weather around the country. Most recently, Dec 2013, we
moved to Cuenca, Ecuador where it's warm year round, close to the
But we're here to talk about my writing! During my career in the
IT industry, I moonlighted as a freelance writer. I started
writing web content for The Mining Company (now the DotDash.com,
in 1996, then moved on to Suite101.com
While dabbling in web design, I connected with the
owners/publishers of a new print magazine for the RV Industry, RV
Companion. I built and maintained their website for the six years
they published as well as writing a couple of columns for the
magazine over the years. I also wrote a weekly column for a local
seniors newspaper while living in Pennsylvania. Most of my
non-fiction writing was medical, computer or RV/travel related.
Eventually I decided to try my hand at fiction writing. I wrote
and submitted several young children’s books and stories. Although
all were rejected, I did receive some encouraging notes. I then
outlined a romance novel but when my then husband was diagnosed
with cancer in 2001, I put writing on the back burner.
Fast forward to 2012, widowed and remarried, I re-entered the
world of writing. I have been blogging since 2006, starting with
my first blog, From the Lily Pad (stories from my journey
into full-time RVing). After six years of living and traveling
full-time in an RV, my husband and I took a huge leap and moved to
Ecuador for two years, living
in Cuenca, nestled into the Andes Mountains. We moved back
to the US in January 2016, where I continue to write while we enjoy
more grand adventures!
Now, for those that haven’t fallen asleep yet and want to learn a
little more about my writing, check out My
Writing Origins blog post.
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