Bio: Originally from Central New York State, Donna M. Recktenwalt (ne Brown) has a B.F.A. in Advertising Design from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has been in the graphic arts/printing/publications field throughout her career, and at various times has worn the hats of writer, editor, designer, layout artist, typesetter, press operator, bindery person and more.
In a professional capacity, her graphics have appeared from the local to national levels. Her fiction has found acceptance in the small press, in such publications as Midnight Zoo, Vision, Science Fiction Randomly, Manifest Destiny, Gaslight, Frontiers, Fantasque, Black Petals, and The Martian Wave, among others. Her short story ?Jeremy?s Theme,? first published in Dark Starr and later reprinted in Best of the Midwest, placed first in the 1992 Soft Science Fiction Contest. ?Blackberry Wine? placed first in Byline?s Short Story Contest in 2001. For a time, she served as a Submissions Editor for Hobson?s Choice.
In the non-fiction area, her articles on aquaria and other subjects have been published or reprinted in local, national and international publications. From August 2001 to March 2002 (when they completely revamped their format) she was a twice monthly general aquaria columnist for ActiveDayton.com, electronic branch of the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News.
An amateur needleworker, she knits, crochets, quilts and does needlepoint of her own design. She is a skilled handspinner, legacy from having raised and shown purebred sheep. Currently she breeds and shows tropical fish.
?I?m addicted to classical music, chocolate, popcorn, and the printed word? she says ? not necessarily in that order.
When not traveling, walking or biking with her husband, or locked to her computer, she can usually be found with a good book in hand or puttering in her garden.
There is a power in the land. The mages have long known of it, and drawn on it. But the world is in flux, the gentle ways of the Mother being threatened by the growing influence of Her Brother/Son H'lal, the Warrior God. Hagen Templeborn is a product of both, born to a Priestess of the Mother, and sired by an angry, ambitious Priest of the new god. Along with his foster brother and sisters, he is student to the traveling mage Tanqui de Laqline, devoted to She Who Made All, who now walks the trea... more info>>
Two ships, Alcyone and Solira, an alien vessel, in trouble from unprovoked attacks and in need of help. Two captains, one still aboard his disabled ship, the other picked up by Alcyone's sister ship Electra, and accused of desertion. A daughter eager for reunion with a father she hasn't seen in years. The father who all but abandoned her, who has long been secretly conducting illegal scientific experiments and profiting from the venture. An ambassador in a hurry, eager to take credit for first c... more info>>