Donna Cousins earned a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism before becoming a fiction writer. She has worked in Europe and Asia, where her articles on local culture appeared in The Courier, The Singapore American newspaper, Orientations, and The Asia Magazine, among others. In the United States, she was a founding editor of Career World magazine. Her novels include Landscape, Waiting for Bones, and The Story of Bones, for which she won awards from Writer’s Digest, ForeWord Review, ForeWord Magazine, and The Midwest Independent Publishers Association. She lives in Chicago.
Ideas for stories are everywhere: at the dinner table, in the doctor’s waiting room, standing next to the potato bin in the grocery store. The challenge is to seize that glimmer and shape it into a sustained narrative with a beginning, a middle, and an end. It helps if the characters step forward and take over, as they often do. The potato bin must lead to a person. Or a dog.
– Donna Cousins
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