Donna discovered her true passion for writing at the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, where she pursued the International Baccalaureate degree and focused on English Literature. At Atlantic College, Donna’s love of the classics written by Jane Austin, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Elie Wiesel, and Victor Hugo among others, awakened a desire to write books that touched the human spirit.
At Atlantic College, Donna wrote a thesis on Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and visited the Brontë parsonage in Haworth, England. Walking the heather-dressed moors on a drizzly day is forever etched in her mind as she happened upon an old man with a cap and a cane whose ancestors knew the Brontës. Emily’s poem No Coward Soul is Mine had an indelible effect on Donna’s theology and faith.
At Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Donna took classes in English Literature and went on to master in Mass Communications/Journalism at San Jose State University. Donna worked in community and employee relations for ten years.
While raising her daughter Stephanie, Donna continued to pursue her dream of writing in her spare time. She wrote and directed dramas at her local church and helped write a Small Group curriculum that addressed The Canon of Scripture and the Immutability of God.
Donna authored several personal essays, articles and short stories for various inspirational publications. She wrote a Video Skit for Rick Warren’s 40 Days of Purpose Resource CD and contributed devotionals to A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters. In 2007, Donna completed the Apprentice and Journeyman levels of the Christian Writers Guild fiction writing curriculum, and has pursued novel and screenwriting since then.
Donna and her husband Jim have been married for thirty years and live in Fort Collins, Colorado. They have one married daughter who lives close-by. Jim and Donna are active in youth ministry at their local church. Donna also volunteers for a homeless ministry in Fort Collins.
Donna feels very blessed to have traveled much throughout the world. She has visited exotic places such as Kenya and New Zealand and has a particular love for Italy and Ireland. Donna and Jim have biked several Rails to Trails in the United States. They also kayak whenever they have opportunity in places such as Norway, Alaska and Maine.