Meet and Greet: Donna Fletcher Crow

Donna Fletcher CrowJanalyn:  My guest today at Novel Books is Donna Fletcher Crow, author of 35 books, most of them novels dealing with British Christian History.

Donna:  Thank you, Janalyn, I’m delighted to be here today.  I love meeting readers and Book Readers Central looks like a great place to do that.

Janalyn:  it is, we have a lot of great book discussions here.  Donna, tell us about  A Very Private Grave, Book 1 The Monastery Murders

Donna:  A Very Private Grave is an ecclesiastical thriller in which Felicity Howard, a young American studying at the College of the Transfiguration in Yorkshire, is devastated when she finds her beloved Fr. Dominic bludgeoned to death and Fr. Antony, her church history lecturer, soaked in his blood.

A Very Private Grave by Donna Fletcher CrowThis is a contemporary novel with a thoroughly modern heroine who must learn some ancient truths in order to solve the mystery and save her own life, as she and Fr. Antony flee a murderer and follow clues that take them to out-of-the-way sites across northern England and southern Scotland.

Janalyn:  That sounds very exciting.  I can see why it’s classed as a thriller.   How did this story come to you?

Donna:  I have wanted to tell St. Cuthbert’s story every since I encountered him at Durham Cathedral some twenty years ago.  When my daughter went to study in a monastery in Yorkshire the story came together for me.

Janalyn: Who is your publisher?

Donna:  Monarch Books, an imprint of Lion Hudson in the UK is my primary publisher.  This means that my editor is English, which is an enormous help in keeping me from committing too many American solecisms.

Kregel Books is my North America publisher and much of my promotion, such as developing my book trailer, is done through them.  It’s a terrific combination.  They are all great people to work with.

Janalyn: Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.

Donna:  And what a journey it’s been!  I had been offered three previous contracts for this book but something always got in the way, such as an editor moving or another story seeming more urgent.  Then, after publishing 30 novels, My career flat-lined and I was out of the publishing loop for 10 years, although I was still writing.

Things came together for me when I finished this book and I found Janet Benrey to be my agent.  Janet is English, living in America, so she was a Godsend.  She took the book to Tony Collins at Monarch Books.  It was truly a case of “all things working together for good.”

Janalyn:  Donna, Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.

Donna:  Well, I am a former rodeo queen and runner-up for Miss Rodeo America;  I will do anything for research, including rappelling into a lava cave; and I have no sense of direction and maintain that I should be allowed to park in handicapped spaces because it’s a form of internal blindness.

Janalyn: What are you working on now and what’s next for you?

Donna:  I’m working on Book 3 in the Monastery Murders while my publisher prepares Book 2, A Darkly Hidden Truth for publication.

Book 3, A Deadly Vow of Silence, is set in Wales and involves Antony and Felicity directing a Youth Walk to Welsh pilgrimage sites.  For preparation I had a wonderful time visiting these sites in Wales, then I joined a Youth Walk from London to Walsingham (126 miles) as an overage pilgrim. It all gave me amazing background material for my story.

Janalyn: What parting comments do you want to leave with our readers?

Donna:  I am so thankful to be able to live out my passion by telling stories of the Christian history of Britain.  I pray that my readers will catch a new vision of the treasured heritage that is ours to live and to share.

Janalyn:  And where can fans find you on the internet?

Donna:  Please go to my webpage: to see my book trailer and pictures of my research trips and my garden;  My Amazon Author page is: ;  and you can find me on Facebook at as Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History or send me a friend invitation and I’ll accept with delight.  Readers can contact me through my website or Facebook.

Book Giveaway Drawing:

Donna Fletcher Crow will give away a  free copy of A Very Private Grave to a reader of this blog. To enter, leave a comment to this post. If you are a follower of Novel Books and tell me so in a separate comment, I’ll give you an extra chance to win.

Entries will be accepted until this coming  Saturday at midnight (Pacific Time/US).

I’ll announce the winner on Novel Books next Tuesday. The winner must respond within two weeks of notification. Detailed rules of giveaways on Novel Books are located in the footer of this blog.


Written by Janalyn Voigt

24 thoughts on “Meet and Greet: Donna Fletcher Crow”

  1. Thanks to all who commented. Donna contacted me this weekend after having trouble leaving a comment again, but I didn’t read her message until today. Here’s what she had to say:

    Janalyn, it’s been great being your guest this week. Thank you everyone for commenting. I’ll be back Tuesday to see who wins. Happy weekend to all.

    I enjoyed hosting you and getting to know you better, Donna.

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  3. Donna Fletcher Crow had trouble leaving a comment and invited me to post it:

    Thank you for all the great comments. I can’t wait to see who wins. It’s fun to see names I recognize from so many different lists.

  4. Really looking forward to reading A Very Private Grave as I so enjoyed A Midsummer’s Eve Nightmare. Donna Crowe’s novels are delightful cozy mysteries to curl up with.

  5. This sounds like an exciting mystery. Thank you for offering it.

    Janalyn, I’m new here. I didn’t realize you had another website. I signed up for the newsletter so I won’t miss out on these give-aways.

  6. By the way, I’m a new follower of Novel Books (Thanks for Donna for directing me here.)

    May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you.


  7. I really enjoyed the interview. I can’t wait to read Donna’s books. Being an ordained minister and a lover of church history, I’m very intrigued.

    Jeff Reynolds

  8. As for a sense of direction, I can do pretty well in a place that has mountains or ocean on one side of the town. But now I live in the mountains — makes knowing one’s direction a lot more difficult.

    Since I love history and foreign settings, I’d love to win a copy of A Very Private Grave.

  9. I loved reading A Very Private Grave. Crow combines the historical story and the current one with finesse. Her characters are well-developed and likeable. The suspense moves from constant and low-key to full-blown dangers. I can’t wait for her next book!

  10. I’ve always loved Medieval mysteries. I was devoted to Ellis Peters. Your novels sound delightful as well.

  11. A rodeo queen? Wow! Learn something new every day. A rodeo queen who writes British history. Hmm. I can see you are a woman of many interests. I would love to read A Very Private Grave.

  12. Donna i’m looking forward to reading your book – it looks great. But there is one error on your video, which isn’t a big deal but annoying to a Brit. The flowers that you call primroses in one picture are in fact primulas. Primroses are small and shy flowers that are often tucked away in woodland. They’re the same genus but Primulas are larger,cultivated and come in various colours. Primroses are always creamy yellow

  13. Janalyn, thank you som uch for hosting me on Novel Books! I can’t wait to meet your readers–and to see who wins a copy of A VERY PRIVATE GRAVE. I’ll be checking back all week, so if anyone has any questions, be sure to ask.

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