About Donna Love
I love to write. My first attempt was in 3rd grade when I wrote “Horses of the World,” which should have been my first clue that I should be an author. I also love to read. When young, I read all the time. Black Beauty was my favorite book. I read it eight times!
Donna and her dog Ginger
Photo by A.J. Love, 2011
My father loved to fish, and my mother loved my father so my sisters and I grew up outdoors along the coastal rivers and wilds of western Oregon. Through this I developed a deep admiration and respect for nature. I also enjoy painting, so in college I studied art education, which gave me the ability to “see.” Then I married a forester who loves the outdoors. When our children were young, I found I had the ability to explain nature to them. I believe that the more you know about something, the better care you can give it, so I enjoy learning about new subjects. To learn about the subjects for each of my books, I study it until I understand it. Then I explain it. I think that’s why children, as well as adults, love my writing.
Award winning author, Donna Love published her first book, Loons, Diving Birds of the North, in 2003.
In 2006, Donna’s second book, Awesome Ospreys, Fishing Birds of the World, also published by Mountain Press Publishing, quickly became a Skipping Stones Honor Award winner Honor Award winner for promoting ecological understanding and environmental cooperation around the world.
Henry the Impatient Heron, published by Arbordale Publishing Publishing and Illustrated by Christina Wald is avaiable now.
Animals Count in Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon Association with University of Arizona Press and illustrated by Joyce Mihran Turley is available now as well.
Simply Glacier National Park (working title) published by Mountain Press Publishing , illustrated by Joyce Mihran Turley, is also available.
Donna (in blue) with her father and sisters
on the Nestucca River, Pacific City, Oregon
Donna, age 4 catching her first fish!