J.D. Donnelly was born on a beach where dolphins played, grew up in an enchanted forest filled with deer, and studied Studio Art and Creative Writing at Hollins University, home to many squirrels. In her quest to draw and write about dragons and other fantastic beasts, she graduated top of her class, Summa Cum Laude, was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta and Phi Beta Kappa, and joined the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators
Her artwork and stories have been featured in literary magazines such as Strangelet and The Cyborg Griffin, art shows, solo exhibitions, conventions such as Illuxcon, and her block print of the Grimm’s fairytale “Godfather Death” won a national contest hosted by Richeson & Co. and Blick Art Materials. One of her manuscripts, an upper-middle grade fantasy titled The Dragon Prince, originally her English thesis where it received an A+ and Honors status, claimed first place in the 2013 Western PA SCBWI First Page Contest, and has garnered editorial interest. She had done freelance illustration ranging from children’s picture books to high fantasy novels.

When not worming her way through piles of books or spending hours making art, writing, and dragon-hunting (to observe, not slay), she designs and sews stuffed animals, makes costumes, watches cartoons, collects fluffy things, and dotes on her cuddly rottweiler and wiggly corgi.

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