Monday, September 23, 2013

Donna McDine, author of Hockey Agony

Author Bio:
Multiple award-winning children’s author, Donna McDine writes, moms and is a personal assistant from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Children’s Literature Network, and Family Reading Partnership.

Title: Hockey Agony
Author: Donna M. McDine
Illustrator: Julie Hammond
Soft cover: ISBN: 9781616333607; 161633360X
eBook: ISBN: 9781616333614; 1616333618
Page count: 22
Genre: 8-12 years old
Price: $9.95 soft cover / $5.00 e-Book

Tell us about your books:
Hockey Agony: Peer Pressure and Honesty many times go hand-in-hand.  What is Larry to do when his teammate asks him to cheat when he is given the responsibility to run the clock during the big hockey game?  Outwardly, it may seem he will follow suit, but his conscious tells him otherwise at the moment of truth.

How long did it take to write the book?
Hockey Agony: one month first draft

What inspired you to write the book?
Hockey Agony: My lifelong interest in sports and watching my children, nieces and nephews compete in one sport or another inspired me to write Hockey Agony.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
No day is the same. I grab my writing time when I can, whether it be 15 minutes here and there are longer. I always have my To Do List, a pad of paper and pen with me for those unexpected moments of time especially when waiting for my daughter to come out of basketball practice.

For Hockey Agony I researched the rules of the game and for Powder Monkey I researched the history of the Royal Navy Press Gangs.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
Hockey Agony: In today’s day and age it’s more important than ever to teach our children that “honesty is the best policy.” It may sound like a clichĂ© to some, but without honesty and staying to true one’s self we would all self destruct. 

Excerpt from book:
Hockey Agony: “That night Larry found himself up high at center rink in the score box. All alone until the door swung open, Larry came face-to-face with Pearl River’s worst player, Matthew Prince, with his right arm in cast. Of course, it couldn’t be their best player…right.”

Where can we go to buy your book?
Hockey Agony:

Any other links or info you'd like to share?

The World of Ink Network will be touring the spell bounding ride of stories by award-winning children’s author, Donna McDine throughout September and October 2013.

The roller coaster action in each escapade will transport the reader into a specific time period. One never knows where they will end up, past or present.
You can find out more about Donna McDine, her books and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at

1 comment:

  1. Hi Virginia,

    Thanks for interviewing me for Indie and Debut Author Interviews. It's a pleasure to be here!