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Dana Pratola: Her “Before”
Growing up in West Orange, New Jersey in a unique situation. I was an only child and simultaneously the youngest of five.
Three brothers made me somewhat of a tomboy (Click to Tweet), and I kept pace with my youngest brother as best I could, climbing things and busting stuff, lol.
On the other side of the coin, living in an only child home, having only myself and my imagination to occupy me, contributed to my creativity. My dad fed my passion for books and read to me every night (Click to Tweet). I could not have become anything but a writer.
It was a strange situation, designed by God in order to instill things in me He knew I’d need, such as love of reading and the ability to enjoy isolation.
Dana Pratola: the Writer
I have been writing my whole life. I finished my first novel and had it published at age 47. Unable to afford a writer’s conference and in no way savvy about other avenues to publication, I prayed. I asked God to work something out for me. (Click to Tweet)
He answered that prayer immediately. The next day a friend told me about an online writer’s conference. It could only be God. FREE and I didn’t have to leave the house! I chose which publisher I wanted to have a 5-minute online pitch session with and when it was over, Nicola Martinez, from Pelican Book Group (then White Rose), requested the entire manuscript. I had a contract signed within the month. A miracle to me, considering The Covering was my first novel. (Click to Tweet)
But GOD is AWESOME!
Writing is truly all I’ve ever wanted to do, except for a brief period I thought I might want to be an oceanographer. I’m not the best swimmer, so that’s out :/ Since my initial publication, I’ve written two other books with Pelican: Voice of Truth and The Mayweather Christmas Quest.
Dana Pratola’s Future Plans
As for future plans, I know there is much more to come. I’m just going to keep working and see what God has in store. His plans are so much grander and eternal than anything I can imagine. (Click to Tweet)
I receive emails about how God has touched people through some of these books. Love that. I desire to continue to be an avenue for God to reach not only His children, but the lost as well, why I don’t prefer the term Christian Author. It tends to scare away the people I most want to reach, lol. He has a plan for each of us, and I’m trying to stay open to that.
I indie published several books. And I write under a pen name, as well. But that’s another interview for another day.
Where to Find Dana Pratola and her Books
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Lord, You are the Author of Eternity, the Author of Life, the Author of Families, and the Author of Authors. Dana claims You as her inspiration, the source of her desire to write, and the master planner of her life. We pray You’ll smile on Dana as she writes words to draw Your people closer and to woo unbelieving readers to You.
~ For Jesus’ sake