Donna Galanti writes suspense, young adult, and middle grade fiction and is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc. She is an International Thriller Writers Debut Author of the paranormal suspense novel A Human Element, book one in The Element Trilogy, and book two, A Hidden Element, by Imajin Books. Her middle grade series, Joshua and the Lightning Road, debuted by Month9Books.
Donna is a member of International Thriller Writers (ITW), Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Pennwriters, and The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group. Donna is also a contributing editor to ITW’s online magazine, The Big Thrill, and blogs at Project Mayhem, a cooperative of published middle grade authors. If she couldn’t write she would bike, hike, and kayak every day.
She’s lived from England to Hawaii, including her family-owned campground in New Hampshire and Pearl Harbor where she served as a U.S. Navy photographer, and operated a resume writing service until she closed up shop to write novels. Donna dreamed of being a writer at seven years old when she fell in love with the worlds of Narnia and Roald Dahl. She lived in England at the time, attending school in a magical castle where her imagination ran wild in an itchy uniform (bowler hat and tie included. True! See photo >)
She always reads the first and last line of a book before buying it.
She had fun in boot camp.
John Denver was her first love (she would have married him if his plane hadn’t fallen from the sky).
She makes up silly songs to sing.
She laughs hysterically at boy humor.
She went to Catholic girls school and played evil tricks on the nuns.
She loves old friends, charades, creamy chardonnays, and 80s movies.
Perfect Day: Showered in autumn leaves on a kayak heading down the Battenkill in Vermont.
Read an essay on her personal writing journey.
Jandy Nelson – The Sky is Everywhere
Dean Koontz – Watchers, Lightning, Twilight Eyes
Bill Bryson – A Walk in the Woods
Yann Martel – The Life of Pi
John Green – The Fault in Our Stars
Patricia Wood – Lottery
Jack London – White Fang, Call of the Wild
Scott O’Dell – Island of the Blue Dolphins
John Grisham – The Last Juror, The Testament
L.M. Boston – The Children of Green Knowe
Laura Ingalls Wilder – Little House series