Donna M. Carbone is a published author (The Cat Leigh and Marci Welles Crime Novels etal) and produced playwright (Shell of a Man etal). She is also a contributor to numerous news services. Her monthly column, The View from My Pedestal, appeared in The Beacon Magazine for five years. Currently, she writes specialized editorials for the Jupiter Courier. Her poetry and short stories have been featured in recognized publications. She is working on her third Cat Leigh and Marci Welles murder mystery as well as her second children's book. Donna has a number of stage plays under consideration by theaters across the country. She also teaches creative writing at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre.
Since her daughter's kidnapping and rape in 2007, Donna has been an outspoken voice for women's rights. She is co-founder of the website feelnoshame.org, which offers support and resources for survivors of assault. She also advocates for better health programs for veterans and mentors gifted fifth graders who hope one day to be famous authors.
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Unique traits: Jersey girl! Opinionated! Stubborn! Smart! Give me a worthwhile topic and a willing ear and I'll stand on my soapbox until I've whittled it down to a toothpick.
800 Women Budget: $1M - $5M | Mystery ⋄ Crime Homicide detectives Cat Leigh and Marci Welles struggle with their definitions of right and wrong after Cat is raped. Their desire for truth and justice is put to the test when 800 women become suspects in the murder of a lifeguard who was known for using his breast stroke more often out of the water than in the water.
The Ribbon Rapist Budget: $1M - $5M | Mystery ⋄ Crime When a series of “color coordinated” rape/murders takes over the headlines, Detectives Cat Leigh and Marci Welles are called upon to help solve the case. As a rape survivor, Cat's perspective is a valuable part of the investigation. It isn’t until the fifth victim’s body is found that Cat realizes her rape and the rape/murders are intertwined.
Total Submission Budget: $1M - $5M | Crime ⋄ Mystery Personal trainer Terrance Sandefur had many disciples both in the gym and in the S&M club he secretly owned. For investigators, his brutal murder was a descent into an underworld few had seen and left them questioning whether love and hate were the same things.
The Donkeys Never Stepped on Me Drama ⋄ Other ⋄ War Robert gave his heart to a woman, his soul to his child, dedication to his country, and loyalty to his employers. The return on his investments were few until a chance meeting with a little girl dying from cancer reminded him that life was meant to be lived.