Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Spunky Author D.B. (Donna) McNicol - Motorcycler, Traveler, and Dog Owner

Donna McNicol
Donna B. McNicol retired after 30+ years working in the IT industry. She spent many of those years writing technical documents and user instructions. In 1996 she tried moonlighting in freelance writing; she spent the next ten years writing for such online sites as The Mining Company, Suite101, BellaOnline and as well as RV Companion magazine.

At age 55 she learned to ride a motorcycle, prompted by her husband who was battling head-neck cancer at the time. Motorcycling turned out to be the high point of the next few years. Widowed at 57, she spent the winter planning a once in a lifetime motorcycle trip. 
She decided to ride the 48 contiguous US states on her Harley-Davidson motorcycle, solo. Over five months and several separate trips she managed to ride through 42 states, covering over 27,000 miles. She also spent three weeks volunteering on the Blackfeet Nation Reservation in Browning, MT.

In 2007 she sold her home and belongings, bought a used Class C motorhome and became a full-time RVer. While traveling in Wyoming she met her current husband, Stu, who was recently widowed himself. 
Stu, Sadie and Donna McNicol
He was a full-time RVer and Harley rider. They currently live and travel full-time with their pup, Sadie, along with their two Harley-Davidson motorcycles in a 41' fifth wheel toy hauler trailer pulled by their medium duty Freightliner.

She started dabbling with fiction writing in 2012, found and fell in love with flash fiction. She has published several compilations of her flash fiction stories, two short stories and two novels. Her first book was a romance, Home Again, which continued the story she told in her short story, "Lost and Found". Her second novel, Not a Whisper, is the first in her cozy mystery series, The Klondike Mysteries, set in Pennsylvania. She plans to continue the Klondike Mystery stories this year as well as the first romance in a new trilogy.
Retirement isn't for sissies, I have no idea how I got everything done when I worked and had children at home. Of course it may have to do with my motorcycle that begs to be ridden at any available opportunity. Or it may have to do with living and traveling in a 41' toy hauler fifth wheel so we can travel the country. Or maybe it's the annual cruise or trips to Disney with the grand kids. Quite possibly my starting to write fiction stories this past year could have tipped the scale.

Sixty-five outside but twenty-five inside, who is that gray haired lady in the mirror and did she get here? As I people watch, a common hobby of writers, I enjoy watching the older folks and their antics. See that old couple of there, walking hand in hand. Aren't they cute? Oh, look at those two dancing towards each other. Aren't they cute?

Well guess what. My husband and I have both been labeled as "cute", walking hand in hand during his rehab stint for double knee replacement. And we were labeled "cute" by the restaurant hostess as we came dancing out of the restrooms across from each other.

It seems I have become one of those little old ladies I love to observe. When did that happen? But I'm not too old to enjoy travel, riding my Harley-Davidson, playing with my silly Pit-Boxer, Sadie or just enjoying life.
Home Again, a contemporary romance
When Chicago's city life takes its toll on single mom Sarah Davidson, she jumps at the chance to move back home, all the way to the boondocks of Kansas. Little did she know, the local Sheriff, handsome Carl Pierce, was making the same move from Tulsa. A tornado of events conspire against them, tamping the rising fire of passion. Can they beat the odds or will Sarah regret moving home again?
"Well, you just got me in a whole lot of trouble. The dishes are still in the sink from last night 'cause I was reading your new book. You Go Girl!!! It is great. Your descriptions of the people made me think I was back in the Midwest in my "growing up" days. That might have been a made up town - but it sure sounded like my home town - right down to the diner on Main Street. Can't wait for your next one."

Not a Whisper [First book in the cozy mystery series, A Klondike Mystery]
Nestled away close to the New York border is an area of Pennsylvania that many miss and the residents are glad of that. But even in this idyllic setting in the middle of the Allegheny National Forest, mysteries abound. Murder, arson, kidnapping and more. Join our troop of quirky residents as they help solve each mystery.

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  1. Thanks for sharing your retirement, nomadic existence, cute dog, and books, Donna!

    Morgan Mandel

  2. Thank you for having me, Morgan. It was fun and I hope others get inspired by my adventures. You're never too old....

  3. Wow, talk about spunky. This gal really rocks. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed it.

    1. Hi Velda and thank you. It is a fun is for the living.

  4. Wow so impressive! Motorcycling senior? I'm deathly scared of them so I'm in awe of her!

    1. Hi Dorothy,
      I may come from a riding family (my grandmother rode her own Harley in th3 1920's-30's) but I never considered riding my own until I was 55. I'm so glad I learned!

  5. Donna, you are an inspiration (though I know I won't be inpired to ride a Harley, even if it is my daughter's FIL's favorite motorcycle)!

    1. [giggle] Have to admit that it's not for everyone, but I do love it. Thanks for visiting!


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