Indie Shine – LaDonna Marie



In our premier edition of Indie Shine, a place for rebirthoflisa to ‘Shine’ the spotlight on indie artists, we welcome International Award winning poet, LaDonna Marie!



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Hailed by American and European literary review experts as one the greatest up and coming act provoking writers, is LaDonna Marie. The literary artist is an award-winning, international and best-selling author. She also is a motivational speaker and founder of Planting Positive Seeds. Having earned some of the industry’s most glowing reviews, the critically acclaimed writer will be the first to tell you that she traveled a long way to the remarkable destination she now enjoys. LaDonna published her first poem in an anthology, “Whispers with The League of American Poets,” in 2007, and went on to self-publish her freshman book, “Expressions of the Mind, Body & Soul,” three years later. Without any effort on her part, she was recognized and received a Certificate of Congratulations from Congressman Bennie Thompson, 2nd district of Mississippi. There’s nothing minimalist about her accomplishments which include wide-ranging collaborations and associations ranging from a U. S. Representative, to Australia, London, South Africa, and Italy hosts. In addition to her extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the literary industry, she’s also a vibrant keynote and motivational speaker for several youth groups. LaDonna has a penchant for inspiring entrepreneurs, children, artists, writers and politicians, alike. The world-renowned writer can be inspirational and melancholy. At one moment she’s vulnerable; the next, she’s conveying a display of empowerment. Her astonishing talent and proverbial delivery paints portraits in vivid detail for secular and spiritual audiences alike. LaDonna Marie says that “Becoming a writer and my love for words are my passions and greatest gifts from God. They franhelp me maintain a humble spirit.” She loves creating an atmosphere for learning and growth. She’s often quoted by a variety of publications such as The Glory Journal, ASU Alumni Magazine, and Sibella Poetry Magazine. Her book titles such as, “Until Tomorrow Comes,” “Lessons: Shattered Pieces Being Restored 2014,” and “Quiet Moments with God,” and have all yielded world-wide attention. She is the recipient of more than a dozen awards including a 2012, Humanitarian Award, and the 2014 DJ Gatsby Book Club Literary Award in Poetry. LaDonna Marie received her B. A., in Social Work from Alcorn State University in 2005. She earned a M. S., in Counseling Studies from Capella University; and a M. A., from South University in Professional Counseling, respectively. In addition to consulting, Marie delivers keynotes, trainings, writer insights, networking and strategy sessions. Her book titles are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. “Until Tomorrow Comes” received a Five Star Literary Book Review from Readers’ Favorite, and a Four Star Professional Literary Book award from Red City Review. Originally from Mississippi, she now makes her home in Georgia with her two wonderful children Landon and Lathan Cook. For additional information including features on the author, visit

Q & A

What do you do and Why do you do it?
I am an Award winning Inspirational Author, Writer and Poet. I have been writing all my life to help to empower and uplift others along the path. My books help to meet individuals where they are and encourage them to keep moving forward. When God gave me the gift, his charge to me was to help to heal others as he healed me. From that day forward that has been my purpose, mission and writing my passion.
Tell us about your most recent work
My most recent poetry book is Lessons II: Mirror Conversations. A poetic tale of the life ofwww-ladonnamarie-org Abby, as she discusses her love, life, and her journey in front of the mirror. The book entails a closer look at how Abby faces the giants in her life and overcomes through awareness and restoration.
Who inspires you?
God and also the late Dr. Maya Angelou. God has helped me to find inspiration in all of my life experiences. These life lessons have turned into writings that heal the heart and nurture the soul.
What do you consider your
“Masterpiece” at this time? 
I consider all of my poetry books and devotionals a Masterpiece. I believe each book serves a purpose and were set out to come out at the right time. Each work provides healing, awareness, growth , resiliency , and restoration needed to be able to continue the journey in life.
What is your motto in life?
Think positive, and positive things will happen.
Name your wildest dream. The one you can not imagine achieving, but would love for it to come true.
My wildest dream is to win a Pulitzer prize and the Nobel Prize in literature.
What is your favorite quote?
“Determination, Dedication, and hard-work will feed life into your dreams”
~ LaDonna M. Cook
When it is all said and done, what would you like to be remembered for?
When it is all said and done, I would like to be known as the person who contributed to  society by Empowering others to be the best version of themselves through my writings.
Tell us about your next project and when will it be available to the public?
My next project will be a children’s book ‘Larry the Alligator Make Friends’. The book should be available before the end of January. (fingers crossed)
Where can fans purchase your work?
My work is available on (Click Here to purchase.)
They can also stop by my website for autographed books.
There you have it Lovies. I hope you will not only purchase LaDonna’s inspirational poetry, but also follow her on social media.