Donna Dias Manuel

Author, marketing professional, blogger, mother


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I love mangoes; Cats spook me out; I am a huge Carrey Bradshaw fan (Sex and the City fame)

What’s your greatest fear?

Losing my memory and having no recollection of my life

What is your greatest achievement?

My two book babies - Love is Never Easy and What Makes Us Alike?

High point of your life?

When my daughter was born

Low point of your life

When I lost my sister to Cancer

Which living person do you most admire?

Indra Nooyi - I appreciate her candidness

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Mr. Big from Sex & the City

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Amy Elliot-Dunne from Gone Girl

Who are your favorite authors?

Jane Green, Jodi Picoult, Marian Keyes, Regina Brett, Celeste Ng, Liane Moriarty, Lisa Jewell

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours, The Woman Who Stole My Life, Small Great Things, The Beach House, Reconstructing Amelia

Is there a book you love to reread?

God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours - Regina Brett

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Pretty Woman, Not Without My Daughter, The Help, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Dilwale Dulhania le Jayenge

One Superpower you wish you had?

Power to help those struggling with mental health issues

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

And she lived a big life!

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

I completed my post-graduation in Australia - Melbourne. I would have liked to live my adolescent life in Sydney, Australia.

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?


Which book you wish you had written ?

Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult

When and where do you write ?

Early morning

Silence or music?


One phrase that you use most often?

Are you serious?

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Jojo Moyes Books

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Risk it all when you write, and you will have something that no one has ever written before.

Donna Dias Manuel was born in Mumbai, in an estrogen-dominated family. She has a degree in Geology from St. Xavier's, Mumbai, and an MBA from Deakin University, Melbourne. Before donning the author's hat, Donna worked in media, advertising, and finance. Presently, she lives in Canada with her husband and daughter. What Makes Us Alike is her second novel.

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