Announcing Pitch Week XXI Winner: Eileen Joyce Donovan!

In the historical novel, A Lady Newspaperman’s Dilemma, Alex Lawson, visiting Sunset Valley, recalls her arrival there twenty-nine years earlier. Now a world-renowned journalist, her first reporting days were full of self-doubt. When Adam, a young rancher, offers help, she finds him both attractive and infuriating. But after a day at his ranch, the attraction grows.

Sometime later, she breaks a main story that gets national coverage. The San Francisco Chronicle offers her a job. Now she must decide whether Adam, and marriage, or her career is more important.

Although born in New York City, where she has spent most of her life, Eileen Joyce Donovan has lived in six states and visited most of the others. In one way or another, she’s been writing her entire life, whether it was imaginative stories for friends, or advertising copy for industrial clients.

Eileen’s award-winning debut historical novel, Promises, was released in 2019 from Waldorf Publishing. She is also a contributing essayist to various themed anthologies.

She lives in Manhattan, New York and is a member of the Authors Guild, the Women’s National Book Association, and the Historical Novel Society.

“It was great meeting and bonding with the other four women who were finalists in the When Words Count writing competition. We’ve become close friends and are actively supporting each other on our various roads to publication. Our first step is producing a podcast that will not only talk about our journeys, but all the successes and slips we make along the way. Hopefully, we’ll be interviewing other writers about their books as well. And, of course, there will be lots of laughs and fun sprinkled in everywhere. Maybe even a deluge of laughs.”

Meet our other Pitch Week XXI finalists here.

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