Donna Russo Morin is the internationally bestselling author of ten multi-award-winning historical novels. Her June 2018 release, GILDED SUM2MERS, inspired by her own home state, is an International Amazon Bestseller in five countries. Its sequel, GILDED DREAMS, released in June of 2020.
Her other titles include PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY: Da Vinci’s Disciples Book One (SCREENPLAY AVAILABLE! a finalist in Foreword Reviews BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR, hailed by Barnes and Noble as one of ‘5 novels that get Leonardo da Vinci Right’), and THE COMPETITION: Da Vinci’s Disciples Book Two (EDITOR’S CHOICE, Historical Novel Society Review), THE FLAMES OF FLORENCE: Da Vinci’s Disciples Book Three, The King’s Agent, recipient of a starred review in Publishers Weekly, The Courtier of Versailles, The Secret of the Glass, and To Serve a King. She has also authored, BIRTH: ONCE UPON A TIME BOOK ONE, a medieval fantasy and the first in a trilogy.
A 25-year professional editor/story consultant, her work spans more than 40 manuscripts. She holds a BA in Communications from the University of Rhode Island, an A.A. in English Literature, and a Certificate of completion from the National Writer’s School. Donna has been a writing instructor for Writer’s Digest University for three years and teaches writing courses at her state’s most prestigious adult learning center. Donna has presented and conducted workshops at national and academic conferences for more than ten years, including the Historical Novel Society Conference (three occasions), Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, Hollihock Writers’ Conference, Newburyport Literary Festival (two occasions), Write Angles Conference at Mount Holyoke College and many more.
In addition to her writing, Donna works as a model and an actor with appearances in Showtime’s Brotherhood and Martin Scorsese’s The Departed.
DA VINCI'S DISCIPLES Thriller ⋄ Historical A secret society of women artists and one legendary master attempt to thrive and survive the most glorious and terrifying years in Florence’s history while trying to bring their talent out to the world. An assassination conspiracy that reaches to the Vatican embroils them in turmoil when one of their own goes missing. Fearing for her life, these women are willing to put their loves and their lives on the line for her and their art. For these women, Time’s Up happened a long time ago.
Honorable Mention, Screenwriting, Writer's Digest 89th Annual Writing Competition
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