Donna Russo Morin
Donna Russo Morin is the international bestselling author of nine multi-award-winning novels including GILDED SUMMERS, a Novel of Newport’s Gilded Age, inspired by the city on the sea in her home state of Rhode Island. It’s sequel, GILDED DREAMS, The Journey to Suffrage, released June 2020 (both are women’s fiction/historical fiction).
Her other award-winning works include PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY: Da Vinci’s Disciples Book One (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 final book in her Da Vinci’s Disciples trilogy, THE FLAMES OF FLORENCE, released as a#1 New Release in Historical Fiction. Her other titles include 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 and one in English Literature, both from URI, and a Certificate of completion from the National Writer’s School. Donna teaches writing courses at her state’s most prestigious adult learning center, online for Writer’s Digest University, and has presented at national and academic conferences for more than twenty years. Her appearances include multiple HNS conferences, Writer’s Digest Annual Conference (2014, virtually 2020), RT Booklovers Convention, and many more.
In addition to her writing, Donna has worked as a model and an actor with appearances in Showtime’s Brotherhood and Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. Currently under contract to a consortium of international producers, Donna has added screenwriting to her professional acumen. Her pilot, “Murder in the Duomo,” is the winner of two awards thus far.
Her sons—Devon, an opera singer; and Dylan, a chef—are still, and always will be, her greatest works.