Often when I needed a little encouragement she would find a way to encourage me. When I posted about my books, she would share and ask her friends to check them out. That is the best kind of publicity. She also introduced me to a few others, such as her daughter and a few fitness models. Donna had a thing for beefcake, which was one of the reasons she liked looking at some of my art for my books. Through her I discovered Colin Wayne and Steffen Hughes, two fitness models that let me use some of their pictures to draw characters from.
Donna simply had a way of making you feel like family, even over the internet. So, as a gift I decided to craft a character in her honor. In my current WIP I have a character named Donna, no last name. My Donna is a bit of a cariacture of the real person. I would like to introduce you to Donna of Stillwater.
Why am I telling you all about this wonderful person I met and honored with a character in a book? Donna Standish suffered a heart attack early November 2nd and passed away shortly thereafter. I found out about it just before I taught my Sunday school class in church. It was all I could do to keep on the topic and not tear up. I will sorely miss Donna and pray that her family understands the impact this one person had on my life.
The moral of this blogpost: Donna was an inspiration by her attitude and her actions. She didn't request to be a character, in fact I wrote the whole book long before I informed her of her part in the story. I simply felt that she deserved it for being such an encouraging, happy, friendly person. If you want to inspire authors world wide, be a Donna for them, trust me they need every one they can get.
Rest in peace Donna Standish, I look forward to the day that I finally get to meet you in the hereafter where we will discuss literature with our Lord and Savior.