Unable to speak outright about many aspects of her private or working life, Donna has turned to writing. Situations she's found herself in make their way into her fiction, in a twisted manner unrecognizable to the original event and that gives her reader an authentic, heart-pounding read. Despite thrusting herself back into the harsh reality of her past, Donna writes about personal trauma. Donna certainly doesn't consider herself a victim. A survivor, yes-a woman who has gained strength and knowledge from her experiences, yes.
Brain trauma changed Donna's whole personality. Once incredibly sporty and scientifically minded, she had to give up both for a long time. Her love of photography has returned although limited to her mobile phone (rather than a professional canon) and there are signs that her free climbing skills are returning, as no surface is safe if she is wearing her specialist walking boots!
Scientifically, Donna is ready to tackle numbers and then return to advanced higher education–something she always needed in the past to keep her mind occupied.
Writing will always be a part of who she is now Donna has tapped into her subconscious and there's nothing she loves more than to twist her past into her imagination to create thrilling novels. She loves the messages that she receives when readers try to unpick what might be her reality v's not as she knows her words have sparked intrigue. However, clever distortion of the truth cannot reveal Donna's past but it is perhaps why her writing gets reviews such as "one of the creepiest stories about a serial killer I have ever read".
Donna, her father and one of her children took DNA ancestry tests a few years ago. Given the family name and the area in which they live, there was a good chance of the outcome. It was confirmed that Donna is almost 50% Viking, something we are proud! She is in the process of tracing her family tree and has, on her mother's side retraced their steps all the way back to 1570. There is still a lot of work to do on her father's side to get to that point.
Donna is pictured, above, with her partner David Last. Regular visitors to the website who enjoy the blog will be familiar with their love of history and the unusual places they visit. Their long standing friends, many of whom are mutual, will know they share an interest in true crime and it is through that interest that they first met. Donna and Dave have a joint project planned for the future which will be announced on this website in due course.
Donna is mum to four amazing children and also to her son-in-law (who's actually been a part of her family since 2011) and grandmother to an amazing little lady. The older four are grown up and at work or university and her youngest is at college studying A-levels and has been accepted into her university choice for the next academic year. As a single parent for most of their lives they've certainly kept her on her toes over the years. They provide Donna with such joy, inspiration, motivation and support and she couldn't be prouder of everything they have become and are working towards.