LaDonna Marie is an international multi-award-winning bestselling author, evangelist, speaker, mother of two, and CEO of Nonprofit Planting Positive Seeds. Her purpose is to empower and encourage others to overcome obstacles in life.
LaDonna Marie helps individuals transform their lives through personal development and implementing resiliency skills with her books and her nonprofit organization. Her motto is to empower, encourage, and motivate others to take action in their life and discover their champion inside. It’s a part of her mission to reach individuals worldwide and assist them to LEAP into their greatness.
In addition to her extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the literary industry, she is also a vibrant keynote and motivational speaker for several youth groups.LaDonna has a penchant for inspiring entrepreneurs, children, artists, writers and politicians, alike.
In 2020, LaDonna was selected as Top 30 influential women: Movers and Shakers in KISH Magazine and awarded Top 50 Women in Business by Black Women’s Expo. In 2019 She was nominated as Faith-Based Speaker of the Year at Speaker Con and received a Mississippi Success Award. As an Author in 2018, she showcased her book at the Congressional Black Caucus and NAACP’s Authors Pavilion and Winner of International Author of the Year in London, UK.
LaDonna Marie continues to impact globally and locally in her community with her nonprofit organization Planting Positive Seeds. In 2018 she had a Season to Cry Out Conference. In 2019 she hosted a Maximizing Your inner strength Retreat for girls ages 13-18.
Fancy: How would you describe your swagher? What makes LaDonna, LaDonna?
LaDonna: LaDonna Marie is a person, who loves to encourage and empower to follow their kingdom identity. She helps others to know that overcoming every obstacle they face and leap forward into greatness.
Fancy: So, tell us about your latest book, “The Journey/The Path the Way I See It” and what inspired it.
LaDonna: What inspired the book, I wanted to write a Memoir that helps others to find the beauty in growth and healing. In 2015 God gave me the title for the book, in that season of my life I knew, I still had life circumstances to overcome, although I knew God was with me. In the book, I shared how God wants us to see things as He does daily.
Fancy: I know you speak to young girls and share your book, “Things I Wish I Knew: Letters To My Little Sisters” with them. Why are you so passionate about working with young girls?
LaDonna: The Bible states and when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” In this time, our sisters. I wanted to encourage young women and girls all over the world to learn to love themselves and give them sisterly advice for their journey.
Fancy: What is your writing process like?
LaDonna: My writing process is a quiet spot, tucked off in a room, so that I can hear, the thoughts begin to download. I write when the inspiration comes, create an outline, and brainstorm topics.
Fancy: You’ve received numerous nominations and awards for your work. To who or what do you attribute your success?
LaDonna: Yes, I have, and I am very grateful and humbled for each honor. I contribute my success to following God’s plan and the original intent of my writing from the age of 14, which was to help others to heal and know that they can overcome obstacles. I write to help others get unstuck and know that they are fearfully and wonderfully made. Receiving the awards and recognitions, lets me know that I am in alignment with God’s plan to impact the lives of others.
Fancy: How do you remain relevant as an author?
LaDonna: I believe you stay visible and let people know what you are doing and working on. I feel that as an author, you must keep your work in front of people so that can learn about what you are doing.
Fancy: What words of advice would you share with other aspiring faith-based writers?
LaDonna: Believe in what you are doing, have the faith to step out and be the change you want to see. Trust God and Launch out into the deep. People are waiting on what you have on the inside of you.
Fancy: Are you still writing poetry and do you ever perform spoken word?
LaDonna: I am still writing some, not as much as I used to. Yes, I do, many times when I lived in GA, and when we used to have poetry lines. I have a Conversations with God, a spoken word CD as well.
Fancy: What does it mean for you to be a Black Southern Belle? I
LaDonna: It is an honor to be known as Black Southern Belle. To be able to embody the characteristics of positivity, and concern for others daily as a part of life. To show kindness, genuine concern to others, and love. It is a part of the authenticity imbedded within my personality, to treat others how I would want to be treated. At the core of who I am, I carry myself with love for who God created me to be with style and grace in the presence of others and when I am alone.
Fancy: What do you have planned for 2022?
LaDonna: In 2022, I’m looking to step into music and stage plays and learn more about movies. I want to see my books come to life.
Fancy: Where can readers find you online?
LaDonna: They can find me here