Luanne Donahoe signed up for an online creative writing course at George Brown College out of interest and in search of a little personal development. She enjoyed it so much that she completed the entire curriculum and graduated with a Creative Writing certificate.
She published her first novel, Just Their Luck, in 2015. One of the short stories she’d penned for her courses was embedded somewhere smack in the middle. She navigated some unfamiliar territory as her new book rolled out to the market. She published through British Columbia’s First Choice Publishers in both ebook and paperbook form. Amazon.ca will not host a book until it has been accepted by a bookstore, so she was delighted when several bookshops in the U.K. pounced on her first novel. Luanne’s genre of light-hearted female comedy is much beloved across the pond. This door-opener led to an online presence and a contract with Chapters, complete with book signings in Belleville, Peterborough, Ajax and Oshawa.
“They went very well,” she says. “I was told that they went better than most.” She loves meeting people and ended up having enjoyable in-store adventures with new friends at several events.
Her second novel, Her Flawsome Life, will be released shortly. She will once again be hosting book signings at Chapters stores, including Ottawa and Gatineau in the tour this time.
“I love writing,” she smiles. “I do it for me. I let the story write itself and go with the flow. I carry on when it resonates with me.”
Luanne fills her days with more than writing. She works at Antonia’s Bistro as a server. “I love working for and with them,” she says. “And I love the customers.”
Her background was rather different, with most of her working years spent as an Executive Assistant. She performed this role at the Rouge Valley Centenary and Markham-Stouffville Hospitals and loved it.
"I agree with Warren Buffett’s philosophy,” she laughs. “Go for the job that you’d go for if you didn’t need a job.”
Since arriving in Trent Hills almost five years ago, Luanne has had a strong commitment to The Aron Theatre. Initially a volunteer movie host, she served on the Marketing Committee, Youth Committee, joined the Board of Directors and eventually became the President in 2018. Her son Josh, now 21, works at The Aron as Assistant Manager. He recently designed the theatre’s new website.
Luanne and Josh only knew a few people when they moved to Campbellford from Stouffville, a serendipitous decision sparked by a realtor friend in Belleville. The road had not been easy. Their son was nine when Luanne lost her husband, a Fire Fighter, at the age of 51. She radiates a deep compassion for young widows and single moms, reaching out to them whenever she can to offer her understanding and support.
She is happy with her life here and motivated by the possibilities that lay on the road ahead. The tragic and untimely loss of her husband is forever woven into the fabric of the woman she has become, as is the strength she developed to survive and raise her son without him. Luanne has thrived through developing her passions, achieving her dreams and building a strong connection with the community she now calls her home.