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Elizabeth Donald (born 1975) is an American author, best known for writing horror and science fiction, including the Nocturnal Urges vampire mystery series and Blackfire zombie series.
Life and career
She was born in Merced, California, the older of two children to Ralph Donald, a professor of mass communications retired from SIUE, and Patrice Stribling Nelson, a classical pianist. Donald attended Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Maryland and then Westview High School in Martin, Tennessee, graduating in 1993. She next attended the University of Memphis, initially studying theater, and then transferred to the University of Tennessee at Martin to study journalism, graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communications.
Her first novel, Nocturnal Urges, was published in 2004, launching the three-book vampire series. Since then, she has published many novels and novellas, as well as a number of short story publications in various magazines. She has won the Darrell Award for horror and science fiction three times and has been a finalist for other awards, including the Prism Award from Romance Writers of America. She regularly appears at horror- and science fiction-themed conventions such as Archon, Dragoncon, Midsouthcon and Hypericon. In 2009, her novella titled "The Cold Ones" (Sam's Dot Publishing) sold out its first print run in 48 hours. The protagonist of this novella was named after fellow author Sara M. Harvey. She works as a freelance editor and writing coach, editing anthologies and novels for small-press publishers and working with beginning writers on fiction projects. In 2014, she launched a photography site, selling nature and art photography that has been licensed for book covers and other commercial purposes.
Elizabeth Donald has worked as a reporter at the Belleville News-Democrat newspaper in Illinois since 2000.. She has won multiple journalism awards, including the Southern Illinois Editorial Association and Illinois Press Association awards for education journalism. She was vice president of the St. Louis Society of Professional Journalists for three years, and recently elected president. She has been a member of the national SPJ ethics commission since 2009,and was part of the team that rewrote the organization's code of ethics in 2014. In 2010, she was one of two initial recipients of the Terry Harper Memorial Fellowship from the national Society of Professional Journalists.
Her uncle, Michael Stribling, is an award-winning New Age musician. She is married to author Jim Gillentine and has one son from a previous marriage. A lifelong member of the Episcopal church, she is a vestry member of her home parish.
- Nocturnal Urges, 2004, novel, Ellora's Cave Publishing
- Winner of the 2005 Darrell Award
- Finalist for the 2004 Prism Award
- Rereleased in 2005 by Cerridwen Press
- A More Perfect Union, 2005, novel, Ellora's Cave Publishing
- Finalist for the 2006 Darrell Award
- Rereleased in 2005 by Cerridwen Press
- Setting Suns, 2006, anthology, New Babel Books
- ISBN 0-9720197-6-6
- Winner of the 2007 Darrell Award for the story, "Wonderland"
- Tandem, 2006, ebook, Ellora's Cave Publishing
- Also appears in "Sultry Summer Fun," a print anthology published in May 2007
- Nocturne, 2006 Cerridwen Press (this is a compilation of Nocturnal Urges and A More Perfect Union)
- Abaddon, 2007, novel, Cerridwen Press
- "Bargaining With Spiders," 2007, short story, appeared in the anthology "Twilight and Thorns" by Circle Dark Publishing.
- "Weathergirl," May 2009, short story, appearing in the anthology "Cover of Darkness" by Sam's Dot Publishing.
- The Dreadmire Chronicles, 2009, Spellbinder Books
- The Cold Ones, 2009, Sam's Dot Publishing
- Blackfire, 2011, Sam's Dot Publishing
- Infinity, 2011 novella, Aardvark Productions
- Dreadmire, 2013 novel, Inkstained Succubus Press
- Gethsemane, 2014 novella, Aardvark Productions
-  Harper Fellowship awarded to two journalists]
- BND receives top awards
- Facebook profile
- CultureGeek pop culture blog
- Jasmine-Jade Enterprises author page
- Dragoncon guest author page
- "Reporter sinks her teeth into vampire romance," Belleville News-Democrat, Oct. 2, 2008
- "Merced native releases new vampire novel," Merced Sun-Star, Nov. 7, 2008
- "Closing the Loopholes for Incestuous Offenders," by Elizabeth Donald, Belleville News-Democrat, reprinted on Protect web site.
- "Local author is living the dream," Edwardsville Intelligencer, Oct. 26, 2009
- SPJ National Ethics Commission
- Elizabeth Donald at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- "Elizabeth Donald Joins Seventh Star Press Family With Compendium of Vampire Novels", Seventh Star Press Announcement, 2015