D'anna was born in Steinbach, Manitoba and currently resides in Vancouver.. She was a finalist for the John Hirsch Most Promising Manitoba Writer Award in 1992 following the publication of her first novel, sing me no more, published by Press Gang Publishers using the author's birth surname Lynnette Dueck. Her second novel, RagTimeBone, a coming-of-age story for young adults published by New Star Books, is also available in German, translated and published as Zeit der Blöße by Argument Verlag (Hamburg) in 2000.
Her first three books—sing me no more, RagTimeBone and fool's bells—form a thematic trilogy. Belly Fruit, an erotic murder-mystery published by New Star Books in 2000, is a farcical examination of contemporary relationships, while Vixen, published in 2001 by Insomniac Press, explores the themes of memory and censorship. D'anna wrote "Captain Don Murray: Highliner & Adventurer," a privately commissioned biography, published in 2008.
D'anna is a graduate of creative communications with a journalism major. She was a regular contributor to Zygote magazine, a feature books page columnist at Interchange, and has contributed to a large number of literary journals and newspapers during the course of her career. As managing editor of the Canadian Women's Health Network Magazine, she facilitated the production of two special issues on Diversity and Women's Health.
She is past-president of Prairie Fire Press board of directors, past mentor to emerging writers in the Manitoba Writers Guild Mentor Program, and awards jurist for the Manitoba Arts Council. Over the course of her writing career, her work has been recognized with awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the B.C. Arts Council and the Manitoba Arts Council.
- vixen, Insomniac Press, 2001
- Belly Fruit, New Star Books, 2000
- fool's bells', Insomniac Press, 1999
- RagTimeBone, New Star Books, 1994
- Zeit der Blöße, Argument Verlag, Hamburg 2000
- sing me no more, Press Gang Publishers, 1992
- Captain Don Murray: Highliner & Adventurer" Commissioned Biography, 2008
- Listed Who's Who of Canadian Women, 1997-98.
- Finalist, John Hirsch Most Promising Manitoba Writer Award, 1992
- Manitoba Community Newspapers Association Student Journalism Award, 1991–1992
- Winnipeg Press Club Student Journalism Award, 1991–1992
- Library and Archives Canada
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- Open Library
- ABC Book World Author Profile
- * Giessener Elektronische Bibliothek: Julia Michael, Narrating communities: constructing and challenging Mennonite Canadian identities through narrative, thesis Universität Gießen 2017, therein Linguistic, Narrative, and Contextual Disruptions in Lynnette D’anna’s Novel "Vixen", pp 187 – 198