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Donna Grant

Donna Grant spent more than a decade as a model for catalogs and advertisements. Grant has been featured on the pages of Essence, McCalls, Family Circle, and Woman's Day, as well as appeared on Good Morning America, and Live with Regis and Kathy Lee. Grant served as the Managing Editor of Maxima before her writing career. A Brooklyn native, she is a graduate of New York University and still lives in the borough with her husband.
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Donna Grant
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Of course I can

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I gave up perfection quite some time ago--too limiting. Happiness comes in different ways on different days. Could be canoeing with my husband, listening to jazz at a club and sipping a Manhattan, snuggling in flannel sheets on a chilly morning, with no place I've got to be any time soon. The important thing is to make time for it, which is something I've had to learn.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. 'Cool' and 'I'm fine' come to mind.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. On a beach where nobody was looking for me, sans Blackberry. St. John, USVI would work--at least for a couple of weeks.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Remaining whole and continuing to grow.

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November 17, 2008

When you live in Brooklyn, NY you pretty much learn how to tune out noise—it’s a survival skill. But I am utterly unable to ignore the sound of music, whether it’s a CD I’ve chosen, or I am being involuntarily serenaded with dancehall, hip hop, gospel, or whatever is filtering from my neighbors’ windows. It’s really a problem when I’m trying to write. My words bump into the melody and I’m lost.

But sixth senses are like that—they don’t bend to your will, and for me music isn’t just about hearing. It’s as much a sense as taste or smell—has been since I was little. I grew... see more

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