Lightning Round w/ Charlie Donlea

Hello fellow readers and welcome to my newest segment, Lightning Round! I’ve realized with the growing community of book reviews and related content posts that it’s difficult to fit in reading all of the things we want to. After brainstorming in an effort to connect readers with authors in a more personal way, I came up with the idea for these “bullet interviews”-think more of a get to know the person who’s writing the book rather than us trying to sell you a piece of merchandise. It’s a fun, fast segment, similar to the templates you currently see in Instagram stories. Today’s guest is Charlie Donlea, author of Summit LakeThe Girl Who Was Taken, and Don’t Believe It. (In case you missed my review and mood board of Don’t Believe It you can find them HERE.) Please join me in giving Charlie a warm welcome and come chuckle along with me at his fabulous answers to my ridiculous questions. 😉



Name: Charlie Donlea
Birthday: July 10
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Current Location: Chicago, IL


Job: Ditch Digger (for my father’s construction company)
Car: Buick Regal
Pet: Dog
Crush: T.P.


Color: Blue
Food: Lobster
TV Show: Bosch on Amazon (but ask me tomorrow and it could change)
Song: Broken Halos by Chris Stapleton (but ask me tomorrow and it could change)

Memories/Best Of-

Vacation: Sugar Beach Resort in St. Lucia
High School Prom Theme: Can’t remember, or maybe I couldn’t find a date
Award/Honor: Bestsellers List
Beloved Indie Book Store: Read Between the Lynes in Woodstock, IL (where Groundhog Day was filmed)

Bookish Favorites:

Book: The Firm
Author: John Grisham (still)
Genre: Thrillers
Book to Movie Adaption: The Shawshank Redemption

This or That:

Reading During the Day or Night: Night
Comedy or Drama: Drama
Physical Book or E-Reader: E-Reader
Road Trip or Plane: Plane
Harry Potter or Lord Of The Rings: Yikes…neither
Wine or Beer: Wine
Sushi or Tacos: Tacos
Early Riser or Night Owl: Early Riser (I wake up at 4am to write)
Introvert or Extrovert: Extrovert
Breakfast or Dinner: Dinner


Charlie Donlea is the International bestselling author of three acclaimed thrillers. He has been praised by Publishers Weekly as a “bold new writer…on his way to becoming a major figure in the world of suspense.” He lives in Chicago with his wife and two young children and spends a part of each year fishing with his father in the far reaches of Canada, where the roads end and lakes are accessible only by floatplane. These majestic trips to “God’s Country” inspired the setting for his debut novel, Summit Lake. You can visit his website at



8 thoughts on “Lightning Round w/ Charlie Donlea”

  1. Sugar Beach is real? I’m intrigued! Loved this. These interviews are so much fun and I look forward to each one, but having newly discovered Charlie Donlea this made extra good timing! Plus? July birthdays for the win

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  2. Who knew Sugar Beach was a “real” location! I want to go now. The Firm was so good! Interesting and fun facts Chelsea!

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