Hi! I'm Donna Abear.
If you've ever visited this website before, you may be thinking, "It's about time she updated this thing!!"
True. I created this site in 2013 when I published my memoir, but as the years flew by, life was busy happening, and this website was not.
Fast forward: I partially retired in 2017, my husband and I relocated to the Olympic Peninsula in 2019 and moved into our house in the woods in 2020 (just in time for the pandemic lockdown). Moving from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest was a dream come true, and I can never get enough of the natural beauty here.
Stay tuned for new books (timing unknown yet), since living on "retirement time" while surrounded by nature, has given my writing new wings. I'm working on a middle-grade children's book; a second memoir; and a fiction novel. I will likely finish them in that order. I have also started blogging again (see link at top to check out my first blog post).
In the meantime, to every reader of my books or audience member for my children's play Sprucey: thank you. Hope life is treating you right!
Donna is the author of the memoir "Relatively Criminal", a loving, sometimes funny, and heartbreaking first-person account of her relationship with a criminal and drug addict: her little brother.
Formerly an award-winning humor columnist, she is also the author of the humor book, "Mom...You're Not Naked, Are You?" (Moonshadow Books, 2000), as well as the play "Sprucey, the Blue Christmas Tree" (Dramatic Publishing, 1995).
"Praise for "Relatively Criminal":
A hilarious, heartbreaking and poignant story of family ties that bind, against all odds." --Kirkus Reviews
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"You don't need to have experienced life with an ex-con or a loved one who suffers from the disease of addiction to appreciate Donna Abear's memoir, "Relatively Criminal". Abear writes about her journey to rehabilitate her brother with searing honesty and subtle humor that drew me into the story and, before I knew it, I was laughing, crying and rooting for Frankie right along with her." Nita Hunter, Award-winning radio playwright and Founder/Executive Producer of RG Productions)
"Familial bonds are portrayed with resounding candor, clarity and sensitivity in this first-person story of a sister's prolonged efforts to care for a criminal and drug addict brother … The writing is breezy but always serious, with excellent use of interior monologue to capture many pivotal and intimate moments. The credible dialogue vividly illumines the characters of the brother and sister and their motivations." Judge, Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards
"What a remarkable tale about love and addiction. The raw honesty of Ms. Abear's story of her relationship with her brother broke my heart. It also left me with a reverence for those who continue to love and support family members with addictions. I could not put the book down. Told with grace, humor, and unvarnished truth..." ejh, Amazon review (5 stars)
"Looking backwards should always be done with care, and this memoir of caring for a brother with a drug addiction is careful to show the person behind the addict. Rarely are these kinds of stories able to avoid drawing a portrait of a person with problems as someone to be pitied. Instead Donna Abear tells the story of someone who behaved badly but brought a breath of fresh air and fun into what had been for her a difficult life to appreciate. Having loved a number of addicts and criminals in my long life I appreciated this honest depiction of loving troubled but loving people. Highly recommended" Annie Warbucks, Amazon review (5 stars)