The first book I remember falling in love with was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I would curl up in a nook at school to hide away and read it. Aslan, the lion in the book, was my hero and here I am wearing my special lion ring. –>> see?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer since I wrote my first screenplay, a murder mystery, at seven years old and acted it out with the neighborhood kids. I attended school in England then in a magical castle like Hogwart’s where my imagination ran wild in an itchy uniform (bowler hat and tie included. True! See ? <<–) I went on to write my first fantasy story when I was ten about Dodo birds, wizards, and a flying ship.
Now I get my own writing office where my cat, Star, likes to plop for attention. He really IS like a shooting star. Over my computer. Over my notes. Over my head. Whenever I am writing he blasts his way in.
But it was my son, Joshua, who inspired me to write and finish my first book about a boy who finds adventure in the mountain forest when he meets magical animals and they band together to fight a power-hungry fox who plots to rule the world. It’s hidden in a box in my closet, but I went on to write Joshua and the Lightning Road and can’t wait to share the first book in the series with you!
- I always read the first and last line of a book before buying it (but please don’t do this with my books).
- I’m a speed junkie when it comes to biking (but always wear a helmet!) and skiing (cartwheeling down the mountain = full cast).
- I lived in nine places by the time I was nine.
- I was once stranded on the QE2 cruise ship from England to America when an engine blew in the middle of the Atlantic.
- I was stationed in Hawaii as a U.S. Naval photographer for Fleet Intelligence Pacific.
- I quake at spiders and they know it. A Brown Recluse bit me in boot camp and my leg swelled 3x bigger!
- I’m adopted and had to be hand delivered to my parents across the county line by a cornfield. They still haven’t told me why. Hmm…bet I could make up a story.
- I can’t eat doughnuts. Well, I can…but then I can’t stop. This applies to Kit Kats and Doritos too.
- If I couldn’t write I would bike, hike, and kayak every day.
- I went to Catholic school and played evil tricks on the nuns (no one got hurt, really).
- I laugh myself silly at boy humor (because we all know that farts and butts never get old).
- I like to make up wacky songs to sing with my son (refer to bullet above).
Recent Perfect Day: Hanging with my husband and son at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and doing Star Tours nine times in a row (best ride ever)!
Got fun questions for me about books, biking, or doughnuts? Then email me!
Donna Galanti decided she was a grown up for far too long. She luckily gave that up to write children’s books and is the author of Joshua and the Lightning Road series (Month9Books 2015). 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.
Donna began writing at seven, after she fell in love with the worlds of C.S. Lewis 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). She now lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and two crazy cats in an old farmhouse that has lots of writing nooks, fireplaces, and stink bugs–but sadly no ghosts.
She is a contributing editor to International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine and blogs at Project Middle Grade Mayhem, a cooperative of published middle grade authors. She is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.