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Getting personal with Donna McCarthy

Donna Maria was brought up in the idyllic surroundings of rural Oxfordshire, where adventures were spent, on hazy summer days that seemed to last for an eternity.
Always a great reader, Alice in Wonderland was her bible, and her copy was always neatly stashed away in her bag, wherever the promise of magic and discovery sent her.
The youngest in a family of six brothers she grew up with a scholarly knowledge of both girls and boys, her best friends of all her two nearest siblings.
Her imagination is limitless, and when she said farewell to Oxfordshire, heart-breaking though it was, the bustling and forever changing demographic of Southampton and its urban creatures of both good and more questionable forces, proved a treat for the dark and fantastical realms, in her mind.
Epic poetry, lengthy school assignments, and tales around urban campfires filled her days. At school-leaving age she decided that even more knowledge, of our beautiful language, was exactly what her hungry mind required.
She went to a City College, studying English Literature, English Language, Sociology and Spanish, finding the Sociology ripe with tales from folklore and beliefs, to her absolute delight, and the Spanish, a wonderful addition to stories that brewed in her fertile mind.
She excelled at all, the English subjects especially, and upon leaving college decided that there were so many other ways to fill her note books with worthy subjects, and became gainfully employed working for the MOD, no less! On applying for a job as the Receptionist for an engineering company, part of the MOD, her talents for attention to detail and a fantastic memory were discovered and soon her role was finely tuned for somebody of her scope.
Enough said! Obviously she has signed the Official Secrets act, and can never disclose more, and although this was an incredibly exciting time in her life, she maintains that each and every episode so far has been equal in excitement; the mind is a strange and un-tamed beast, and in some is all-consuming. The produce can sometimes be really quite spectacular.
Biddy Trott is Donna’s third literary work, Gothic in nature (as is her passion) saying that she finds the language and taboo subject matters tantalising and exquisite.


Please help me welcome Donna McCarthy to Roadie Notes………💗


1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

I was around 8 when I wrote my first story. It was for a school project and the subject was ‘The power of suggestion.’ I wrote about a windy night and being in bed with branches of a tree scratching against my window. It actually had a massive impact on how I would write later in life as my story was read before the assembly (sounds pretty scary and weird in itself 😂)

2. How many books have you written?

I have written 3 books ( plus one I am working on)
Biddy Trott, soon to be released by Hellbound Books
A tragic Gothic Horror set in 18C England ( my favourite so far ☠)
The Hangman’s Hitch
Gothic Horror, Satan and how he lays waste! Set in 18C England
The Meddler
A Gothic Fairytale purely for adults

3. Anything you won’t write about?
I don’t judge, but can’t and won’t write anything involving children or abuse. I just haven’t got the words.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I am 46, six older brothers no sisters! Brought up Roman Catholic which is strange considering my writing material ( I’m not practicing)
I wanted to be a nun for so many years , Haha, I think I thought they had an easy life 😉
I work for the Ministry of Defence
( enough said😉)

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
Biddy Trott, I really enjoyed mixing horror and tragedy and creating a quandary, do you feel for her?

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I was inspired by Lewis Caroll. Alice in Wonderland was my Bible as a child.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

I like to eat out, adventure holidays, writing and watching really good historical dramas. I also have a joint blog ‘Scream Hard Reviews’ with CHenry Roi
We review short stories and post awesome stuff!

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

A big whiskey! chill out for a few months, wait to be inspired.


9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

I write best in noisy atmospheres, I think it drowns out other thoughts and makes me concentrate.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

I wish I could edit as I go but write to quickly and frantically to do this.
It would save a lot of time and I know a lot of author’s do

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
famous writer, yes! But only so as I could reach hundreds of people with my stories, I’m a great storyteller.

12. Where do you live?
Oxford England

13. Pets?
no pets

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
losing myself in a character so as they become my Alter ego

15. What is coming next for you?
I am currently working on my fourth novel which I hope to finish end of December.
Biddy Trott is due for release through Hellbound books at the beginning of December

16. Where do you get your ideas?

from the classics, from people and characters I meet, from true crime tv ( psychopath watching at a safe distance)


You can connect with Donna McCarthy here:


Twitter: @roast914_k

Hellbound Books:




You can pick up a copy of Donna McCarthy’s books here:

Biddy Trott

The Hangman’s Hitch

The Meddler

Scream Hard Reviews


Some Of Donna McCarthy’s books:

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