About Donna

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Walking the Yorkshire Moors on
A Drizzly Day

Weaving history and faith into stories of intrigue and redemption grew out of Donna’s love of travel, history, and literature as a young adult while attending the United World College of the Atlantic—an international college in Wales, U.K. She enjoys exploring the peoples and cultures of the world and developing plots that show how God’s love abounds even in the profoundly difficult circumstances of our lives. Her stories reflect the hunger in all of us for love, forgiveness, and belonging in a world that often withholds second chances.

Donna received her master’s degree in mass communication/journalism from San Jose State University and became a communications professional before writing full-time. Her short stories and articles have appeared in inspirational publications. She has two indie-published Christian romantic suspense novels in her Waldensian Series—Light Out of Darkness and Undaunted Valor, and her Gilded Age historical romance, A Song of Deliverance, is set to be released in December 2024.

Donna and her husband of forty years participate in ministry at their local church in Colorado. They love spending time with their grandchildren and bike, kayak, and travel whenever possible

Expanded Personal Bio

From her days in grammar school, writing for the school newspaper, Donna was destined to write. Her true passion for writing fiction came to light at the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, Great Britain—an international high school—where she focused on English Literature and discovered her love of the classics by authors such as Jane Austin and Charles Dickens. Their works awakened a desire to delve into the issues that touch the heart.

One of Donna’s greatest adventures occurred while conducting research on Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and visiting the Brontë parsonage in Haworth, England. While walking the moors on a drizzly day, she happened upon an old man with a cap and a cane whose ancestors knew the Brontës. He delighted her with his stories and captivated her imagination with his words. Tales like these from people Donna has met all over the world have sparked the stories that come to life on the page.

Her personal essays, articles, and short stories have appeared in various inspirational publications, including Focus on the Family MagazineStandard Publishing for Adult Sunday School papers, and LIVE Magazine. Two of her devotionals also appeared in A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters.

Donna’s romantic suspense, Light Out of Darkness, 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.

Donna and her husband of forty years live in Colorado and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren. They participate in ministry at their local church and travel, hike, and kayak when they can.

 

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