I’m very pleased to introduce Donna Wolfe Gatti, author of the autobiographical novel, Angels and Alchemy. I met the lovely Donna at the Berkeley Springs Book Fair in June, and we’ve been in contact ever since. If like me, you believe in angels and enjoy books about mysticism, you will love Donna’s books.
Donna Wolfe Gatti is the author of five books about angels and mysticism. At the age of four, she began to have angelic encounters and mystical experiences. During a near-death experience at twenty-five, she met the Escort Angels who said they had “come to take her home.” Though it was a tempting offer, she chose to return to life on Earth, and now lives in The Woods Resort in West Virginia, where she is known as the Angel Lady.
What is your book’s genre/category?
Angels and Alchemy is an autobiographical novel. Some of the names, places and events are fictional, but all the messages from angels are real.
Please describe what the story/book is about.
Angels and Alchemy is about a troubled woman named Donatella, who seeks help from Maya, a psychic with the ability to channel messages from angels. As the angels reveal Donatella’s previous lifetimes, she begins to understand herself and her relationships, and the reason why love has caused her so much pain.
How did you come up with the title?
“Angels” is in the title because the book is about angels, their work here on Earth, and how they help us progress along the spiritual pathway. “Alchemy” refers to the art of turning lead into gold. In esoteric terms, it’s the transformation of a leaden soul into a golden light.
What is the reason you wrote this book?
Angel Dalia asked me to share their messages with others. She said the words weren’t meant for me alone, and the wisdom and knowledge they gave me should be given to seekers in search of the truth.
What is your favorite part of writing?
I love the feeling of co-creating with the angels. In my mind, it’s never “my book.” It’s always “our words, our book, our project.”
What is the most challenging aspect of writing?
The first sentence is the most difficult one to write. I have to overcome self-doubt, self-consciousness, and all of my irrational fears.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Ann Ree Colton, Florence Scovel Shinn, Peter Richelieu, Frederick Lenz, and Rev. Wing F. Fing. And I treasure the White Eagle books, which were channeled by Grace Cooke.
What authors or person(s) have influenced you?
Angels and spirit guides have had the greatest influence on me.
Favorite place to write?
I keep a pen and pad handy to jot down random thoughts, but the only place I can write is at home, in my office.
Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
I am terribly shy and plagued with an array of fears. Germs, bugs, animals, people, moving objects and just about everything that exists in the physical world scares me. But I’m not the least bit afraid of ghosts and evil spirits.
Any surprises or learning experiences with the publishing process?
I was surprised to learn that writing a manuscript is a very small part of the publishing process. It takes tremendous energy to produce, market, and sell a book.
Looking back, what did you do right that helped you with this book?
I held in my mind a clear image of my perfect reader and wrote the book for her.
Any advice for writers looking to get published?
A good relationship with an editor or a publisher is more effective than a hundred well-crafted query letters.
My website is angelacademy.com
Where can we find your book?
Angels and Alchemy is available at amazon.com and on my website: angelacademy.com
What’s next for you?
In all honesty, I don’t know. I’m waiting for the angels to give me a sign.
Thanks for an interesting interview, Donna! All the best to you!