Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Author Interview - Donna Silveira

Introducing the Remarkable Journey of the Author Behind "This Is Your Last Warning: An Authoritative End of Days Timeline"

From the vibrant streets of San Diego, California, to the expansive ranches of Texas, our author's journey has been nothing short of inspiring. Raised amidst the tight-knit Portuguese community in San Diego, the author's early years were marked by the bustling livelihoods of commercial fishermen and a deeply rooted Catholic education. This background laid the groundwork for a faith that, although later tested, would prove to be a pivotal anchor in their life.

The essence of the Portuguese community, where life was punctuated by religious festivals, painted vividly colorful chapters of the author's formative years. Yet, as with many, the tumultuous tides of adolescence and young adulthood saw a period of rebellion and distance from faith. It was a time filled with challenging decisions, ultimately leading to the daunting responsibility of single parenthood.

Life often has its way of presenting trials, but it's the tenacity with which we face them that defines us. For our author, this tenacity manifested in moving back with her parents, pursuing higher education, and breaking into the competitive realm of the computer industry. But amidst these challenges, destiny had its own plans.

A profound reconnection with God in her thirties not only paved the way for renewed spiritual commitment but also a new chapter in Texas. The world of online communication, still in its budding phase, surprisingly introduced her to a supportive partner who would later become her spouse. Together, they embraced the raw and authentic lifestyle of farming and ranching.

Today, comfortably settled at the ranch, our author finds solace and inspiration in the Texan countryside. Her experiences, from the shores of San Diego to the pastures of Texas, and their profound spiritual journey, provide the rich tapestry upon which "This Is Your Last Warning: An Authoritative End of Days Timeline" is crafted. Dive into this narrative and discover a tale of resilience, faith, and love that defies all odds.

Donna Silveira


This Is Your Last Warning: An Authoritative End of Days Timeline

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I grew up in San Diego, CA, in a small Portuguese community made up of mostly commercial fishermen's families. I went to 12 years of Catholic school, which gave me sort of a foundation of faith. The Portuguese community revolved around God, and you basically marked the passage of time by which religious festival was happening next! I rejected God for a while and made a series of really horrible decisions, and found myself a single parent of two children. I moved in with my parents not long after my son was born, and was able to get a college degree and start working in the computer industry. From there I just tried to scratch by until he was about eight. That's about the point that I rediscovered God -- or He finally got my attention, anyway. I decided to move to Texas, and oddly enough, I met the man who would be my future husband online - (we met on chat, and after we had been talking for weeks, he offered to drive the U-Haul truck for me.) We wound up getting married, and we've been farming and ranching since then -- (mostly him, while I basically worked in computer jobs mostly in the Dallas area.) I've had a chance the past couple of years to finally be able to live here at the ranch, which has been really nice.

What inspired you to author this book?

I kept hearing lectures and seeing websites about really sketchy apparitions and the end-times.... I'd see things like "Saint Malachy's list of popes".... which I had learned YEARS ago was fake.... and I couldn't believe that people were still believing that nonsense. I also kept seeing a lot of stuff that just seemed so over-the-top and unbelievable.... it just didn't sound like the God I'd come to know. So, I decided to find out what He, (or Mary, Jesus' mother) had ACTUALLY said. I knew SOME of it.... but I learned a lot. About 20 years ago, I had read an incredibly beautiful writing about the Catholic mass from a supposed apparition.... and in a LATER writing, I discovered other messages that completely contradicted what the Church teaches.... which told me that it wasn't Mary appearing in those apparitions. I think that experience of being "duped" - initially thinking that it could be real, and finding out that it wasn't because of that later writing... That shocked me enough that I could have been misled severely, had I not already known Church teaching on that subject. I think that really affected me deeply. So, as I hear about these "new" apparitions, I've always got that horrible experience in the back of my mind.... so, I'm not going to rush off and simply "believe" everything I hear. And it's like Scripture says, "If someone tells you 'There he is in the desert', do not go out..." (This was in reference to Christ's second coming) The same goes for these apparitions. I remember someone telling me once, "Don't be in too much of a hurry to go kneel at one of these 'apparitions' because you might just be kneeling down before Satan."


Satan can appear as an angel of light, as Jesus, as Mary, or as anyone else he wants to look like. God also had a lot to do with this. He has a way of making things happen in such a way that it's possible to do. Then it's just up to me to do what He wants. My first reviewer turned out to be a former seminarian. So, he threw in a couple of suggestions where I needed to remind people of what Church teaching says. God tends to bring the right people into my life, right when I need them, so that things work out the way He intends.

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

That's actually pretty funny. My first cover was focused on "fire falling from the sky," on the top half, and a nuclear explosion on the bottom half.... with a cross in the sky. I sent it to an editor for a beta read, and he basically told me I was an idiot. He said that I had a really great academic-type study of eschatology, and then I put this ridiculously cheesy cover on the book. and yes.... he was right. I didn't really spend a lot of time on that. so I started talking with my son, and he mentioned something about time --- maybe a stopwatch.... and I figured that I could put four quadrants in there (or maybe my son said that) and then I started thinking about all the things that could happen --- earthquakes, fire, flood, etc... so that's how it happened --- it came out way better than the first horrible version I had. LOL.


Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

Hmmm.... That's a tough one. I don't really consider myself a "writer" per se --- not like someone who writes books like "Jurassic Park" - who was Michael Crichton, if I'm not mistaken. or J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series --- THOSE people are writers. This kind of felt more like a research paper that I was putting together. I've always loved reading, although now I'm more of an audiobook "reader" since all the reading I've done seems to have worn my eyes out! From a personal perspective, I think my maternal grandparents, and my parents had a massive impact on who I am as a person.... and I think my brother's sacrifice changed me a lot. He was a captain of a fishing boat in Alaska, and "filled in" for another captain who had quit on another boat.... but he didn't want to be responsible for a boat and crew that he had no knowledge of... so he went out as first mate. That was the Alaska Ranger, that sank in 2008, basically from "company shortcuts." He was one of four people who didn't make it home, but he did his best to make sure everyone else survived. When you see someone take that level of responsibility for others, even to the point of giving their life, then I suppose to me, it would be pretty lousy of me to shun the responsibility of simply educating people by writing a book. It's not like I'm doing anything as challenging as putting MY life on the line for this. So how could I say "no?"

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

I think the hardest part is wondering if I found ALL the information that exists. I don't have access to the Vatican archives, and if it wasn't for Google translate, I would have been dead in the water with some of my sources. I've had to be the primary earner for the family since farming and ranching is no "get rich quick" endeavor.... more of a money pit, actually. So as much as I would have loved to have gotten a theology degree, and become fluent in Latin, Greek, and Aramaic --- I had to focus on paying the bills.... So that was a big hurdle to get over. Some documents I found online, I simply couldn't translate. – so, I'm left wondering if I missed anything important from the writings of the Church Fathers. The Church Fathers mostly focused on details about the Antichrist, though, which my book didn't focus on, so I didn't lose too much sleep over it.

Tell your readers about your book.

This is a book about prophecy, really. I remember my grandmother telling me how she could have seen the miracle in Fatima had she just moved to America a year or two later. So I knew about what that at Fatima prophesied. I also knew about a couple of other apparitions, like Akita, Lourdes, and Guadalupe. Some apparitions told about the future, and some didn't. I wanted to focus solely on the apparitions that told about the coming chastisement. The Fatima apparition foretold that if people didn't stop sinning, a worse war (World War II) would happen as a punishment from God. Obviously, people didn't listen, and we had World War II. The sad part is that we didn't HAVE to have WWII. All people had to do was turn back to God. Well, there are more warnings from various apparitions and mystics - all telling about different punishments, as well as foretelling about an era of peace. The difficult part with these prophecies is finding out what's true, and what's not.... and then putting those messages in some sort of sane order - because there are just bits and pieces from various apparitions. You have to put them all together to see the bigger picture. The easiest way to do that was to create a timeline. Not a timeline with dates - but more of a "this comes before that" kind of a timeline.


Who is your target audience, and why?

Really, I had written this for Catholics. They're the ones who listen to these messages, and many get duped into listening to FALSE apparitions. So, I wanted to put together a concise timeline and all the TRUE prophecies... and explain the problems with some of the other supposed apparitions. I don't know if it's lack of effort, or if people are just too busy to be able to do their research, whereas I get a little obsessive about things - but then again, I can read a lot faster than most people... so, I'll go through and read ALL the messages. I'm also incredibly cynical, because of that fake apparition that almost suckered me in. Oddly enough, though, when I submitted my book to that editor (the one who griped about the cheesy cover image I had), he was not religious in the least, and HE liked the book. He asked me why I was trying to preach to the already converted. That was a good question... I guess my answer was that I didn't think anyone else would believe me.... or even care. I think he changed my mind and reminded me that it's not up to me to decide who God will touch with this.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

I mentioned I rejected God for a while. Well... I was raped when I was 15, so I figured there either wasn't a God or if there was one, He hated me. It took YEARS for God to break through all that anger, pain, and hatred. And He did it by showing me all of my failures in life - showing me that I was no less a sinner than anyone else. He made it painfully obvious that I had no moral "high ground" to stand on when it came to other people's sins. So, forgiveness came really easy after that. It's kind of tough for me to identify a success that's MINE.... because, really, all the success is God's. Everything that I am today is all His doing - (and I'm sure a large part is due to all the tears shed and the prayers prayed for me by my mother!) I saw what *I* did when left to my own devices -- what a train wreck! And yes, I went from being a welfare mom to going through college and getting a few degrees.... but even at that, if God wasn't guiding me through it all, I don't even want to think about where I'd be today.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

Probably my cynicism! I don't discount everything - there are a lot of REAL apparitions. Honestly, I can't understand how people can look at the miracle of Las Lajas and NOT be convinced that Catholicism is real. (That's kind of a whole other story that's not included in the book) In short, a child was raised from the dead, and an image appeared on a big boulder. The image, which looks like a painting, is actually the color striations of the rock itself. Rock's don't just rearrange themselves at a molecular level, so that the colors form paintings --- the image which, by the way, ended a dispute that was happening in the Church at the time.... and settled the matter that it was Saint Dominic, and not Saint Francis, who was given the Rosary. But when geologists drill into the rock and tell you that it's the rock itself that's forming the image... well, at least to me, that's pretty convincing evidence. There are other writers who were also seeking the truth, but they accept a lot of stuff that I can't. There's not enough evidence for what they included, so they come up with some wild stuff because they're accepting all this flimsy evidence and these "doomsday messages." I know that some things are real, so I'm not like an atheist who's going to ignore the most convincing evidence, but I'm also not gullible enough to accept things when the evidence is so thin it's pretty much invisible. I'm also not trying to "interpret the Book of Revelation", which is filled with some REALLY strange imagery, and trying to explain seven-headed beasts and such. An excellent book about Revelation is "The Lamb's Supper" by Dr. Scott Hahn. You'll discover that the Book of Revelation is describing the Catholic Mass!



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