You Had Me at Hello World (non-fiction)
Would you like the chance to have a mentoring session with a VP, Director or other influential leader from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Rent The Runway, Zynga, Textio and many others amazing companies? Dona did! She scheduled time with these awesome people and asked them to share their “career acumen” secrets, things they wished they had learned at school, but instead have had to learn the hard way. In this book, you will get these leaders’ career secrets in the form of practical, do-today things as well as “scripts” and email templates that they have all actually used.
Scattered Ashes (fiction)
This is the book of Dona’s heart, something that came to her in a dream and she woke up and wrote 50 pages of at 3 am. It was rejected by many publishing imprints as being “too controversial”. This story of love and loss explorers the timely subject of cultural diversity and the timeless matters of trust, faith, and grief through the eyes of one young woman who falls in love with the young Middle Eastern instructor of her essay prep class and a door to a whole new world opens.
Haute Date (fiction)
Shrink to Fit and How to Salsa in a Sari (fiction)
Dona started writing in 2002 purely by accident. Brand new to Seattle, Washington, she realized the only way to make new friends was by taking classes. She enrolled at Bellevue College for Pottery 101. Very excitedly, she arrived on the first day of class to see that…Pottery was cancelled. No one else had signed up. The kindly registrar encouraged her to try Creative Writing…great teacher, fun subject…and most importantly, *not cancelled*.
Dona recently signed a 3 book deal in Adult Contemporary fiction due to release by Penguin Random House in late 2016 though 2017. Scattered Ashes is the first, followed by two more that she is supposed to be writing right now but is likely procrastinating.
She is represented by the infinitely patient Elaine Spencer at The Knight Agency.