Short Professional Bio
Donna worked as a communications professional before turning to full-time writing. She has authored short stories, essays, and articles in various inspirational and secular publications and lives her dream of writing historical and contemporary fiction.
Writing Christian historical fiction and contemporary suspense with historical elements grew out of her love of history and literature as a young adult. While attending the United World College of the Atlantic—an international college in Wales, Great Britain—she learned to appreciate the classics.
Today, she is still a world traveler, savoring the nuances of cultures and peoples of the world and desiring to show God’s love abounds even in the profoundly difficult seasons of our lives.
Expanded Personal Bio
I can’t remember when I wasn’t writing. Copies of elementary school newspapers, where she contributed stories and poems and other creative writing, still inhabit space in a box in the basement. I just can’t seem to throw them away.
My true passion for writing came to light at the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, Great Britain—an international high school—where I focused on English Literature as a major subject. At UWC of the Atlantic, my love of the classics—written by such people as Jane Austin, William Shakespeare, and Charles Dickens—awakened a desire to write books that touched the human spirit.
One of my greatest adventures at the United World College of the Atlantic occurred while writing a thesis on Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and visiting the Brontë parsonage in Haworth, England. As I walked the moors on a drizzly day, I happened upon an old man with a cap and a cane whose ancestors knew the Brontës. He delighted me with his stories and captivated my imagination with his words. A copy of Emily’s poem No Coward Soul is Mine sits framed on my desk.
At Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, I took classes in English Literature and creative writing and obtained my bachelor’s in Sociology and minors in political science and music. Later, I received a master’s degree in Mass Communications/Journalism at San Jose State University in California and worked in corporate communications before turning to freelance writing.
My personal essays, articles, and short stories have appeared in various inspirational publications, including Focus on the Family Magazine, Standard Publishing for Adult Sunday School papers, and LIVE Magazine. During a citywide campaign for Rick Warren’s 40 Days of Purpose, I wrote and directed a Video Skit that was used in their Resource CD. Two of my devotionals also appeared in A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters.
In 2015, I self-published Light Out of Darkness, a contemporary Christian suspense novel that 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. The sequel, Undaunted Valor, once again weaves Waldensian history around a contemporary story of intrigue and suspense.
I have been married to Jim for thirty-six years and live in Fort Collins, Colorado. We participate in ministry at our local church and travel, bike, and kayak whenever we can.