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Donna meets her writing idol, Diana Gabaldon, at HNS 2013

Donna meets her writing idol, Diana Gabaldon, at HNS 2013

Donna with famed fashion designer and author Zac Posen at the Newport International Wine and Food Festival


Longing to see historic Ireland, do you dream of getting one-on-one instruction from a bestselling author and a literary agent, longing for adventure? Travel with Donna and Patricia Nelson of the Marsal Lyon Agency next July for the Ireland Writer Tour, July 12-19, 2020. For more information visit

GILDED SUMMERS is now officially an Amazon Bestseller

PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY recognized by Barnes and Noble as one of the five novels to render Leonardo da Vinci most accurately.

Donna has been contracted by a consortium of international producers to write a screenplay for a feature film.

Recent honors:

THE COMPETITION honored as an Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society

PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY now a current finalist in Foreword Magazine’s Best Book of the Year Award

PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY awarded 5 Stars by Readers' Favorites

The King's Agent honored as a "Finalist" in the "Fiction: Historical" category of the USA Book News Best Books of the Year Contest

The King's Agent: New England Book Festival Honorable Mention Awardee

To Serve a King: Finalist: USA Book News Best Books of the Year 2011

Upcoming appearances:

Friday, March 13
Friends of Middletown Library, Keynote Speaker
6:30 pm 
The Atlantic Resort
Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown, RI

In Newport, Rhode Island
at the Newport Mansions Store, 1 Bannister's Wharf
Each event from 1:00-4:00PM
Saturday, April 25, during the Daffodil Days Festival
Saturday, May 16, during the Oyster Fest

In June, GILDED DREAMS Book Launch and Art Exhibit, TBA

Donna's Previous Major Appearances include:

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 1:00-4:00 pm
Newport Winter Festival
Newport Mansion's Store
1 Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI

April 26-27, 2019
Newburyport Literary Festival, 
Newburyport, Massachusetts

June 20-22, 2019
Historical Novel Society North American Conference
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center 
Oxon Hill, Maryland

Writer's Digest Annual Conference
August 12-14, 2016
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 6th Ave.
New York, NY 10019

Hollihock Writers Conference
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Star Store Campus
715 Purchase St
New Bedford, MA
August 21-23, 2015
Friday, August 21: 2:00 pm reading from The King's Agent
Friday, August 21: 5:00 pm workshop: Selling Commercial Fiction: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Saturday, August 22: 2:00 pm workshop: Putting the History in Historical Fiction

Newburyport Literary Festival, 
Newburyport, Massachusetts
April 24-25, 2015

Historical Novel Society Conference
Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
Denver, Colorado
June 26-28, 2015
Two workshops: Selling Historical Fiction: The Good, the Bad, and the Dangerous, and 
Art and Artists in Historical Fiction: The special challenges of writing about art and artists in HF

Rhode Island Author Expo 
November 8, 2014, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
West Warwick Civic Center, 100 Factory Street, West Warwick, RI
Free Admission
Book signing throughout the day; check back for specific time of speech

American Association of University Women Author's Luncheon, April 2013, Middletown RI

Big Book Getaway, Mohegan Sun, Sponsored by the Mark Twain House, February 2014, Uncasville CT

Historical Novel Society, June 2013, St. Petersburg, FL

RT Booklovers Convention, May 2013, Kansas City, KS

National Organization of Italian American Women, November 2013, Massachusetts

Mount Holyoke College, Write Angles Conference, October 2013, Mount Holyoke MA

RIRW, February 2012, Cumberland, RI

Delta Kappa Gamma, Keynote Speaker, Fall Conference, October 2010, Rhode Island College