Born in Huntsville, Alabama, the “Rocket City,” Donna K. Fitch grew up hearing the sound of rocket testing at Redstone Arsenal and graduated from a high school named for Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, the astronaut who died in Apollo 1. She also heard tales of the ghost of Sally Carter and the “old Grizzard Mansion” near her home, said to be haunted. This background, when mixed with an early diet of Dr. Seuss, the reference section of the Oak Park Public Library, 1930s mystery stories and the Gothic novels of Victoria Holt, set her to writing her own stories at age 13. Later literary influences spilled into Donna’s writing—Ambrose Bierce, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and Tim Powers—to give it more than a tinge of paranormal and the macabre. Her love of research led her to a Master’s in Library Service, and her fascination with HTML led her to switch careers from academic librarian to web designer. For fun, she visits cemeteries—the older the better—and plays roleplaying games.
The Source of Lightning, her second published novel, come out at the end of October 2011. The first was Second Death, a paranormal thriller. She has also published The Color of Darkness, a collection of two short stories and a novella, and edited A Thematic Catalogue of the Musical Works of Johann Pachelbel, written by her late stepfather and published by Scarecrow Press. Find out more at donnakfitch.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/DonnaKFitch.Author, or follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/donnakfitch.
- Calera, AL
- RPG gaming, reading, visiting cemeteries
- Favorite noveling music:
- Belle & Sebastian
- web designer
- Favorite books or authors:
- Cherie Priest, Tim Powers, H.P. Lovecraft