Monday, September 10, 2012

Welcome to Donna Fletcher Crow

I'd like to welcome Donna Fletcher Crow, one of my fellow authors from the brand new e-book 25 Years in the Rearview Mirror, 52 Authors Look Back.  Donna is stopping by as part of the 25 Years in the Rearview Mirror Blog Tour. If you enjoy magazine columns and Chicken Soup for the Soul books, then we're sure you'll enjoy our collection of essays, designed to warm your heart, raise your spirits and compel you to examine your own life. Get a full listing of authors, essay titles and retailers here:

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Welcome Donna!

Hi Vicki, thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog today— and for being a guest on mine. I love blog exchanges, so let me invite your readers to come over to “Deeds of Darkness; Deeds of Light” to read your article when they finish this one.

I was so interested in reading the reviews of your MORE THAN SORROW because I see that you bring a lot of history into your contemporary gothic mystery and that’s exactly what I do in A DARKLY HIDDEN TRUTH as well, so I think we and our readers will enjoy each other’s books.

In A DARKLY HIDDEN TRUTH, which is the second in my Monastery Murders series, Felicity Howard, a thoroughly modern American woman who, rather rashly— as she does most things— has gone off to study theology in a monastery in Yorkshire. The Father Superior has asked Felicity and her church history lecturer Antony to find a valuable missing icon. But Felicity can’t possibly help. She’s off to become a nun. Then her impossible mother turns up unexpectedly. And a good friend turns up murdered. . .

In the midst of breathtaking chase scenes, mystical worship services and dashes through remote waterlogged landscapes Felicity learns the wisdom of holy women from today and ages past and Antony explores the arcane rites of the Knights Hospitaller. But what good will any of that do them if Felicity can’t save Antony’s life?

And especially since our exchange is part of the 25 YEARS IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR tour where we are two of the 52 authors telling their stories of what we were doing 25 years ago today, ( I should share how the background of this book grew out of what I was doing 25 years ago.

All of the backgrounds of my nearly 40 books draw on my fascination with British history and all have required onsite research trips— for which I took our daughter Elizabeth along on numerous journeys. That resulted in her eventually studying at Oxford, teaching in London, and going off to study theology at a monastery on a green hillside in Yorkshire— funnily enough exactly what my heroine Felicity Howard does.  Elizabeth fell in love and married an Anglican priest. Well, the jury is still out on Felicity and Antony’s relationship, but I’m hoping it will end as happily as Elizabeth and Lee’s.

I hope your readers, Vicki, will take a look at 25 YEARS IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR and visit me at to see the trailers for my Monastery Murders books, pictures from my research trips and a visit to my rose garden.

Donna Fletcher Crow is the author of 40 books, mostly novels dealing with British history.  The award-winning Glastonbury, A Novel of the Holy Grail, an Arthurian grail search epic covering 15 centuries of English history, is her best-known work.  She is also the author of The Monastery Murders: A Very Private Grave  and A Darkly Hidden Truth, as well as the Lord Danvers series of Victorian true-crime novels and the romantic suspense series The Elizabeth & Richard Mysteries. Donna and her husband live in Boise, Idaho.  They have 4 adult children and 11 grandchildren. She is an enthusiastic gardener. 


  1. Hi Vicki, I always enjoy blog exchanges. Thank you for introducing me to your readers and now I hope everyone will come on over to my blog to read your great article about writing Gothic novels.

  2. Donna, your books sound so well researched. I'm amazed at how much research you must have had to do into British history. Thanks to both of you for participating in the blog tour. I have shared both posts on my Facebook page wall and on Pinterest.

  3. Enjoyed this post ladies and I heading over to the other one now. Its very interesting to get to know fellow '25 Years in The RVM' authors!