Books

You Had Me at Hello World (non-fiction)

HelloWorldWould 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)

ScatteredAshes

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)

PROMDona really wanted to learn to use 3D printing for fashion design…so she based a novella around it. Meet Ash Montague. She needs to revamp her mother’s vintage evening gown into a new prom dress with the help of modern technology and an old friend. A sudden unexpected chemistry takes Ash by surprise and makes her wonder if it’s time to make some major alterations to her love life, too….

 

Shrink to Fit and How to Salsa in a Sari (fiction)triad

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 fell in love with “making stuff up” and wrote not one, not two, not three, but FOUR manuscripts (overnight success only took four years!) before her novel HOW TO SALSA IN A SARI, a story of an African-Indian-Cuban culture clash was published in 2008 from HarperCollins/Harlequin’s Kimani Tru Line. SHRINK TO FIT, a story of a high school athlete who struggles with an eating disorder, quickly followed.  To Dona’s surprise, HOW TO SALSA IN A SARI spent several weeks on the best-seller lists and she still gets requests to speak on eating disorders at high schools.

 

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.

Engineer + Author + Fashion Designer + more!