Donna Everhart, Novelist (Photo by Jo Ann Mathews)

Women and Adversity:
Donna Everhart

Pelican Bookstore in Sunset Beach, North Carolina arranged for novelist Donna Everhart to appear recently at Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach. She writes—as it says on her website—“authentic, vivid Southern fiction.” Her fifth and most recent novel The Saints of Swallow Hill, was her topic. I ask authors what obstacles they had to overcome when they decided to be a writer, and what obstacles they face once they are published.

Everhart says:

Writing a book is a huge risk, and hoping to get it published, you need a day job. A year into my dream come true (the acceptance of her debut novel, The Education of Dixie Dupree), I was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer that became Stage 4. Three years later in 2019, my mother was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. I was going back through cancer treatment. That’s my biggest challenge in a nutshell, but I rode through it. I was too busy for cancer. I’m a five-year survivor. I go for scans every six months versus every three months.

Obstacle she faces now:

I have five books published. The sixth comes out in (February) 2024. Essentially, the obstacle is finding the time to write.

Everhart bio:

  • Born and raised in Raleigh. “I’ve lived in North Carolina my entire life except for third and fourth grades when I lived in Michigan, which was very traumatic for me. It had something to do with my accent.”
  • Worked in Information Technology for 35 years
  • Worked for Nortel when it went bankrupt in 2008
  • Went back to school and earned a degree

Writing career:

  • “I planned to write a book when I was 18.”
  • After leaving Nortel, had about 85 pages—it was early 90s
  • Worked with an editor in 2011
  • Had 250 pages
  • Worked with another editor, who worked with an editor at Harper Collins
  • Worked with an agent for 11 years


  • 2016 – The Education of Dixie Dupree
  • 2017 The Road to Bittersweet
  • 2019 – The Forgiving Kind            
  • 2020 – The Moonshiner’s Daughter
  • 2022 – The Saints of Swallow Hill

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Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I published three ebooks in 2020: Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women; Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers; and Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. These books are meant to be study guides for all students from grade school through college to help in choosing topics for assignments and to learn more about these noteworthy women. Go to, and to learn more.

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