D.M. Roberts self-published her first novel, Letting Go and Holding On, in February of 2011. After four mass suicide shootings between 2007 and 2008, where all of the shooters were in their mid-twenties or younger, she began to question if there was a disturbing trend forming. The media offered little answers, so she decided to study the topic of teenage violence and past shootings. After two years of extensive research, she wrote a fictional account based on those events. One of the characters includes a reporter whose investigation in the book mirrors the author’s own experience.
Even though Letting Go and Holding On was published over five years ago, its theme unfortunately remains relevant today. Roberts wrote the novel, a rare topic in the fiction world, in the hopes of maintaining a discussion of all the issues encompassing teen violence. These include prescription medication, gun control, sexual identity, the Internet, sensationalized media coverage, and feelings of isolation in a culture where everyone is linked.
Roberts, originally from Adams, MA, worked as a reporter for the North Adams Transcript from 2001 to 2004. Among her daily articles she also wrote a weekly column, “From Donna’s Desk”. She left the position to pursue a career in writing, which currently includes one completed novel, a second draft of a women's fiction/comedy manuscript, and the early chapters of a science fiction novel. She worked as a copy editor/paginator for GateHouse Media and is currently a proofreader for a healthcare ad agency. She lives in Orange, CA with her boyfriend of 12 years.
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Also, keep an eye out for my upcoming book, Running with Hounds... and an English Degree. I will be reading an excerpt from it as a featured author at LitUp! on February 21, 2017 at Kean Coffee in Tustin.