I often get the same questions from many of my readers. Before you send me a question, please read these FAQs to see if your answer is here. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, send me a message and I’ll get back to you asap.

Contacting, Contracting, Inviting, Interviewing or Mailing Donny Bailey Seagraves

Q: How do I contact you?

A: Use my contact form or email me here.

Q: How can I buy a signed copy of Gone From These Woods?

A: Visit my online store, Junebug Books and Collectibles or email me.

Q: Who is your agent?

A: Andrea Brown. (Note: She represents only my work for children.)

Q: How can I get permission to use an excerpt from Gone From These Woods?

A: Go here.

Q: How can I get you to make an appearance at my school, writer’s conference, convention, trade show or other event?

A: Email me here. (Note: I am presently not doing any in person appearances due to the Covid-19 pandemic. )

Q: How can I get information on optioning or buying movie rights to Gone From These Woods?

A: Contact: randomrights@penguinrandomhouse.com.

Advice to Authors

Q: How did you sell your first book to Random House without an agent?

A: I attended an SCBWI SpringMingle Writers Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, February 2007. One of the editors there was Michelle Poploff, VP and Editorial Director of Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. As a result, I was able to sell the manuscript that would eventually become Gone From These Woods to Michelle without an agent. Please note: This almost never happens. But it happened to me. To read more about how this happened, read my Breakthrough article from the October 2011 issue of The Writer Magazine.

Q: How can I get published?

A: Study your craft by reading books on writing, attend conferences where you can listen to and meet editors and agents and published writers, take online courses, join or form a writers’ group, and most of all: NEVER GIVE UP! For more information, read my blog post about your odds of getting traditionally published here.

Q: What are your tips on writing and rewriting?

A: For me, writing is rewriting. I realized after going through the eight-month rewriting and editing process with my editor of Gone From These Woods, that I had never gone far enough in my rewriting process on the nine books I had previously written.


From L-R: Author Donny Bailey Seagraves, Editor Michelle Poploff, and Author Edie Hemmingway

Books and Other Published Writing

Gone From These Woods

Q: Why did you write this book?

A: I wanted to tell a fictional story based on a real life event that had haunted me since childhood.

Q: So, it was inspired by a true story?

A: Yes. Gone From These Woods was inspired by a real life event that happened in the family of my second grade teacher many years ago in Athens, Georgia. Even though my story is based on a real event, it is not a retelling of that event. My characters, plot, and setting all are fictional. Really, I made it all up.

Q: I thought Gone From These Woods was just a retelling of the real story.

A: Nope. It’s a totally fictional novel. In the real story, there was no hunting involved, no woods, no dogs, no alcoholic dad, etc. I made up my characters, setting and story. Really.

Q: How did you come up with the setting for your book? 

A: It came from my early morning exercise walks around my rural neighborhood in Winterville, Georgia, where I lived while writing this book.

Q: How did you create your fictional characters?

A: I used memories of my uncle, Terry Bailey, who died young to create Uncle Clay. I combined parts of my son, brother, nephew and neighbor boys down the street for the main character, Daniel. Many of the other characters were inspired by real life people I knew/know.

Q: Is Gone From These Woods a kid book or an adult book?

A: It’s a children’s middle grade novel for young readers aged 9 – 12. It also appeals to some young adults and adults.

Q: What research did you do to write Gone From These Woods?

A: I had to learn how to shoot a gun and I had to learn about hunting. I also had to make sure all the details in my book fit the 1992 era in which my book is set, meaning no cellphones, computers, etc. I also researched the stages of grief.

Q: Do you have a book trailer for Gone From These Woods?

A: You’ll find one done by a reader here

Q: Do you have lesson plans and/or study guides for Gone From These Woods?

A: Yes. Discussion questions/guide is here.

Q: Is there a paperback edition of Gone From These Woods?

A: Yes. The Yearling paperback edition of Gone From These Woods was published February 8, 2011. Both the Delacorte Press hardback and the paperback editions are out of print but you may find copies on my Junebug Books and Collectibles website and on other sites including Amazon.com. The Kindle ebook edition is still available on Amazon.com here. (Paid link.)

Q: Is there a sequel to Gone From These Woods?

A: Not yet, but hopefully, some day.

Q: Is there a movie of Gone From These Woods?

A: Not yet. Hopefully, some day.

Other Published Writing

Donny Seagraves as a columnist for the Athens Daily News, circa 1980s/early 1990s

Q: What did you write before Gone From These Woods?

A: I wrote nine other books that are not yet published and hundreds of magazine articles, newspaper columns, poems, and story stories, many of which are published. Visit my About Me Page to read some samples of my published writing.

Q: Tell me about your next book.

A: I am working on several different books, some fiction and some non fiction. Some are for children and some are for adults. You can find information on some of my forthcoming books on the books page.

Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Send me a question or comment using my contact form.

Donny Seagraves as an Athens Observer columnist, circa early 1980s
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