Meet this month’s Featured member, Marilyn Donnellan

by | Sep 12, 2018 | Member Updates

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Marilynn Donnellan

I scratched out my first fiction story (pretty bad) when I was in grade school and have been writing and improving my skills since (school newspapers, yearbooks, and work-related articles in trade journals). I was a newspaper reporter and photographer for a few years and then was recruited to be the executive director of a small nonprofit, the first of five nonprofits in five states.

My 23-year career as a nonprofit CEO triggered my first book on nonprofit management in 2000. When I started my nonprofit consulting firm more than 12 years ago, I began selling online guides, based on the first book, and developing an international market. One of the guides, The Six-Hour Strategic Plan, won an award for innovation. The guides were picked up by CharityChannel Press last year, who published the material in a three-book series, Nonprofit Management Simplified. I self-published two other non-fiction books before settling on the use of CreateSpace for all of the other books (fiction and non-fiction). I have published a total of 60 books, guides, webinars and training modules in the past five years.

To challenge my writing skills, I started work last year on a science fiction, four-book, series (The Book Liberators) set for release later this year. My first murder mystery, “Give ’til it Hurts,” was released in 2017.

GIVE ‘TIL IT HURTS

by Marilyn Donnellan

The tangled web of lies, deceit and betrayal cannot be undone until the young executive director of the domestic violence shelter confronts her own mysterious past. And when she is accused of murder, her past threatens to overwhelm her future. This hard-hitting fictional look at domestic violence, loosely based on the author’s own experiences, pulls no punches. The story doesn’t hesitate to examine the issue from a faith-based perspective.

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