Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Donna Mumma & Fresh Scars

Posted June 23, 2021 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, contemporary, Donna Mumma, giveaway / 16 Comments

Fresh Scars JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Fresh Scars by Donna Mumma, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to chat with Donna about her book today!

Fresh Scars

FRESH SCARS by Donna Mumma
Publisher: Firefly Southern Fiction (Iron Stream Media)
Release Date: June 15, 2021
Genre: Southern Fiction

Time heals all wounds . . . or does it?

Asia Butler and her sister, Ivy Butler Morelli, have not spoken in fifteen years. As children, they endured brutal emotional abuse from their mother, Veronica, and want only to forget the past . . . and each other.

But the past comes calling when they each receive a letter from Veronica s attorney promising much-needed cash if they will fulfill her dying wish and consent to cleaning out their childhood home. Asia and Ivy reluctantly return to their hometown of Emerson, Florida, only to discover the house is a hoarder’s nightmare filled with strange mementos and clues hinting that they were not the only victims of Veronica’s sadistic nature.

Can this new pain be the path to their healing? Will they be able to choose forgiveness over resentment?


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Hi Donna! Welcome to the blog!

Donna: Oranges. I’m a Florida girl who grew up in the middle of citrus country. Love them.

Carrie: I bet citrus country smells wonderful!

Donna: Winter. Here in Florida, it’s a nice break from the heat and hurricane season.

Carrie: true!

Donna: Dogs. We have a collie that melts my heart.

Carrie: awww, dogs do have a tendency to do that 🙂

Donna: No preference. I’m just happy when it’s on the roll!

Carrie: hahaha that is the truth

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Donna: Invisibility. I’m an introvert and that would be heavenly to disappear from view at will.

Carrie: yes please! #bliss

Q: Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books?

Donna: The Velveteen Rabbit, Cross Creek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the series by veterinarian James Herriot, and a copy of Huckleberry Finn, illustrated by Norman Rockwell, that belonged to my dad.

Carrie: aww i love that ♥

Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?

Donna: I googled how long it takes before an alligator bite becomes septic and how long DNA in a blood stain stays fresh on a cotton t-shirt.

Carrie: oh wow! that sounds like it would be an intense story!

Q: What surprised you about your story or your characters as you wrote Fresh Scars?

Donna: My main character is very much like me, but she was difficult for me to write. I had a hard time creating realistic, interesting dialogue for her. Her sister is my direct opposite, very brash, bossy, magnetic, and confrontational. She flowed from my imagination with ease and was far more fun to write. I had to be careful because she isn’t the main character but kept getting the best lines.

Carrie: haha!

Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in Fresh Scars?

Donna: I have a few. My dad’s name is in there as well as references to my high school, hometown church, and a house that used to be in the town near where I grew up.

Carrie: that’s special ♥

Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from Fresh Scars & why do you love it?

Donna: A favorite quote is “Sometimes bad garbage refused to leave no matter how many times you screamed goodbye.” We all have those things in our life that trash it up in some way and trying to get rid of them is difficult. This quote summed up the struggle for me, and reminded me that we need God’s help to clean up our lives. We can’t do it on our own.

Carrie: amen!

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Donna: I have a couple of new projects in my writing queue. First is a story about a woman who is the family pariah. Several years after being thrown out of the family, she discovers there may be evidence proving she wasn’t responsible for the event that caused her to be banned. She sets out to find the proof so she can present it to the family at her sister’s funeral and redeem herself. But things don’t go as planned.

The second deals with sibling rivalry, a conniving stepparent, a missing family fortune, and a kidnapping/murder plot.

Donna Mumma

Donna Mumma perfected storytelling in her first grade classroom, spinning tales exciting enough to settle a roomful of antsy six-year-olds. She is an award winning author, and loves to write about flawed people who find a way to overcome and thrive. A Florida native, she loves spending time with her husband, adult children, and their energetic collie, Duke

CONNECT WITH DONNA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Fresh Scars JustRead Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a signed copy of Fresh Scars plus a $10 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight June 21, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on June 28, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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16 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Donna Mumma & Fresh Scars

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for being part of the blog tour for “Fresh Scars” by Donna Mumma.

    Enjoyed reading the author interview and learning more about both author and the book. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read it.

  2. Lynn Brown

    This sounds like a good read with lots of family drama. I like the cover. Thanks for the chance.

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