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International Award winning Author| Pastor| Speaker| Coach| Host


Available for 

Radio and Blog Talk Interviews

Seminars & Workshops

Speaking Engagements 



Awards and Nominations 

2007 Co-Author Whispers

2010 Self-Published Author

2012 Inducted into the Who's Who in MS 

2012 Humanitarian Award 

2014 Until Tomorrow Comes  Honorable Mention in the Paris Book Festival 
2014 DJ Gatsby Book Club Literary Award Winner in Poetry.  
2015 Finalist in Divas of Colour International Diva Author/Writer Category.
2015 Finalist in the 9th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards 
2015 New York Book Festival Honorable Mention 
2015 Bronze Readers' Favorite Medal Winner
2015 Red City Review Finalist
2015 New England Book Festival  Honorable Mention

2016 Rhythm of Gospel 4 Time Nominated Album

2016 Nomination for Outstanding Diva 
2016 Indie Author Legacy Award Finalist

2016 New England  Book Festival Honorable Mention

2016 Nominee for Grind Face Awards for Philanthropist

2017 Indie Author Legacy Award Poet of the Year Finalist  

2017 Red City Review Book Awards Best Social Media Winner

2017 Book Excellence Awards Finalist

2017 John E Weaver Book Excellence Award Winner 

2017 Beverly Hills Book Award Finalist 

2018 International Author of the Year  Divas of Colour 

2019 Mississippi Success Honoree 

2019 Top 25 Women Changing the World Conversations Live

2019 MHN Woman of the Year Nominee 

2019 Faith Based Speaker Nominee Speaker Con 

2020 Top 50 Black Women in Mississippi

2020 To 30 Makers and Shakers in K.I.S.H magazine 

2020  National  Top Influencer at Success Women's Conference 

2020 Top 10 Women of the Year K.I.S.H. Magazine 

2021 Top 20 National Authors of the Year

2021 Honorable Ambassador 

2021 Top Nonprofit in MS

2021 Top 24 Trailblazers  on the Move

2021 Top Global Influencers 

2022 Top 15 Women Standing on God's Promise 

2023 Debut on The Word Network

2023 Author of the Year

2023 Empowered Diva Award

2023 Impactful Journal of the Year

2023 Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award


For His Glory 

LaDonna Marie is a literary artist who has been praised by American and European literary review experts as one of the most promising and thought-provoking writers of our time. She is an internationally acclaimed and best-selling author, motivational speaker, and founder of Planting Positive Seeds. LaDonna has received numerous accolades for her work, and her impressive journey to success is one that she is proud to share with others.

LaDonna's first foray into the literary world was with a poem that was published in the anthology "Whispers with The League of American Poets" in 2007. Three years later, she self-published her first book, "Expressions of the Mind, Body & Soul," which received high praise from critics and readers alike. LaDonna's achievements have not been limited to the literary world, as she has also been a vibrant keynote and motivational speaker for several youth groups. Her positive impact extends beyond the literary world, and she has inspired entrepreneurs, children, artists, writers, and politicians around the globe.

LaDonna is a talented writer who can evoke both inspiration and melancholy in her readers. Her unique ability to convey vulnerability and empowerment has captivated audiences worldwide. She credits her passion for writing and love of words to God, and views them as her greatest gifts. Her books, including "Until Tomorrow Comes," "Lessons: Shattered Pieces Being Restored 2014," and "Quiet Moments with God," have garnered attention and praise worldwide, earning her more than a dozen awards including the 2012 Humanitarian Award and the 2014 DJ Gatsby Book Club Literary Award in Poetry.

LaDonna earned her B.A. in Social Work from Alcorn State University in 2005, followed by an M.S. in Counseling Studies from Capella University and an M.A. in Professional Counseling from South University. She is not only an author, but also a consultant who delivers keynotes, training, writer insights, networking, and strategy sessions. Her books are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, with "Until Tomorrow Comes" receiving a Five Star Literary Book Review from Readers' Favorite and a Four Star Professional Literary Book award from Red City Review.

LaDonna Marie now resides in Mississippi with her two children, Landon and Lathan Cook. To learn more about LaDonna and her work, visit

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