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 such people as Jane Austin, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Elie Wiesel, and Victor Hugo 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.
During her undergraduate years at Case Western Reserve University, Donna took classes in English Literature as well as obtaining her BA in Sociology and minors in political science and music. She went on to master in Mass Communications/Journalism at San Jose State University. Donna worked as a communications professional before turning to free-lance writing.
While raising her daughter, Donna continued to pursue her dream, becoming certified in the Christian Writers Guild fiction writing curriculum and writing and directing dramas at her local church. She also authored personal essays, articles, and short stories for various inspirational publications, including Focus on the Family Magazine. During a city-wide campaign for Rick Warren’s 40 Days of Purpose, she wrote and directed a Video Skit for their Resource CD. Two of her devotionals appeared in A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters.
In 2015 Donna self-published Light Out of Darkness. This contemporary suspense novel revolves around the unique story of faith and valor found in the pre-reformation Christians of the French and Italian Alps known as the Waldensians. Her sequel to the novel, Undaunted Valor, once again weaves Waldensian history around a contemporary story of intrigue and suspense.
Donna and her husband Jim have been married for thirty-three years and live in Fort Collins, Colorado. She and her husband work in youth ministry at their local church. They also travel, hike and kayak as their schedules allow.