Donna Barker

Donna Barker

Mother Teresa's scribe

The origins of Mother Teresa’s Advice for Jilted Lovers

Bored one day, my brother and I were brainstorming blended genre books and titles you would never — and should never — find in a bookstore:

  • Astrology + Business = Float with the Angels without Being Eaten Alive
  • Humour + History = Not That Kind of Nazi
  • Business + Science fiction = The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Extraterrestrials
  • Hobby + Psychology = Deco Designs for the Serial Killer Mind
  • Travel Guide + Murder mystery = Best Places to Murder on the Orient Express

And finally,

  • Religious + Self-help = Mother Teresa’s Advice for Jilted Lovers

It seemed like a crazy cross-genre blend, but when I thought about it, I realized that I’d actually read a religious self-help book — The Secret. I wondered what my life would be like if I had the power to control the Universe and believed, like Mother Teresa did, that suffering was a gift from God.  The answer was obvious: I’d become a psychic serial killer. Thirty days later, I had a first draft of Mother Teresa’s Advice for Jilted Lovers written. Two years later, here we are.

About me

I wish I could say that I knew I wanted to be a writer since I was eight years old like all famous authors claim. But that’s not true. At eight years old I think I wanted to have lots of kids and be a full-time, stay-at-home mom.

In high school I had several career aspirations, none of which suited my skills, personality or breeding. Nun and RCMP topped the list. Nun would never have worked since I wasn’t Catholic. And a career in law enforcement for someone who doesn’t follow dumb rules would have ended badly for me…in fact, good thing I wasn’t Catholic. That wouldn’t have ended well either from the ‘follow dumb rules’ POV.

College… for two years I worked for our bi-weekly newspaper as the production manager. Never wrote a word. Our annual literary journal? Production manager and editor…  I was getting closer to thinking about writing.

University… the writing I practiced and aspired to do was script-writing for documentary films. And upon graduation from university I did what most of us do: I took the best job I could get with the skills and connections I had. It included writing. Technical writing. Curriculum development. Fundraising proposals.

It wasn’t until my mid-thirties that I added, ‘write a novel’ to my bucket list. And here I am, late-forties, two novels written and a third moving along nicely.

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