About Donna L.H. Smith

I’m a prairie girl from Kansas transplanted to Amish country, Pennsylvania. I’m married to a wonderful man for 30 years, a member of a great church, where I serve as a greeter and on prayer ministry team. On Sunday afternoons, I serve a two-hour watch at our local 24/7 Gateway House of Prayer. I also enjoy reading, classic television and movies, writing occasional book reviews, and of course, writing. In 2014, I closed down an Internet organic chocolate truffle business to concentrate on writing.

Another website I contribute to is Almost An Author (A3). Click here to check out this comprehensive website to help writers grow platform and learn craft. I wrote a column called “The Writer’s PenCase,” a toolbox for writers from the website’s inception. Recently, I began another column, “Romancing Your Story.” On April 1, 2018, I became Managing Editor.

My extensive writing experience includes everything from radio journalism to newspaper to magazine articles, scriptwriting, to slidesets and filmstrips, public relations and marketing and promotional pieces over the past 40+ years. I’ve finished my first novel, and this blog is about my experiences with it and how process is important to our lives in many different ways. Because just as writing is a process, so is life. Our whole lives include one process after another, it seems.

My education includes a B.S. in broadcasting and a M.A. in Communications, both from many years ago. I also completed the Craftsman course from Christian Writers Guild. I previously served as Area Coordinator for Pennsylvania for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and chapter President for ACFW Pennsylvania State Chapter. Currently, I serve as ACFW Mid-Atlantic Zone Director. Check out that link . I’m also a member of ANN – Advanced Novelist Network, established by award-winning and best-selling author DiAnn Mills for her former Craftsman students and others. I’m also a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and recently joined Advanced Writers & Speakers Association (AWSA) Protege Program.

A background in dramatics is giving me confidence to step out in the speaker’s arena. Check out my Speaker’s Tab for more information.

My debut novel, Meghan’s Choice was named a semi-finalist in Operation 1st Novel for 2015. In the fall of 2015, it placed at the Blue Ridge Advanced Novelist Retreat – 3rd Place for Best Opening Paragraph and 2nd Place for Best First Page. Recently, it placed in the finals of the Selah 2018 Award in the Western category.

“Remember Honor,” an as-yet-to-be-published historical romance novella set at the time of the Alamo, was a semi-finalist in the 2016 ACFW Genesis Contest.

Recently, my WIP, “Rose’s Redemption,” won two 1st place certificates at the Advanced Novelist Retreat for Best Opening Paragraph and Best First Page. 2nd in Golden Leaf. It also made the finals in The Phoenix Rattler contest sponsored by ACFW Arizona. It’s expected release is late 2018.


6 thoughts on “About Donna L.H. Smith

  1. Hi Kelly. I just received notification about your joining ACFW. I’ll email you tomorrow (Thursday). In the meantime, WELCOME! 🙂 I’ll give you all the information you need.


  2. Pingback: Reply Like No One’s Watching (Writing Tag) | Kelly F Barr

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