About Julianne Donaldson

The Short

Julianne Donaldson grew up as the daughter of a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. She learned how to ski in the Italian Alps, visited East Berlin before the wall came down, and spent three years living next to a 500-year-old castle. After earning a degree in English, she turned her attention to writing about distant times and places. She lives in Utah with her husband and five children.

The long:

I was born in San Antonio, Texas, as the second of four daughters. My dad was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, which took us all over the world. This is where I have lived in order of moves:

Texas
Arizona
New Mexico
Alabama
Arizona
Virginia
Las Vegas
Germany
Las Vegas
Idaho
Utah
New Mexico
The Philippines
New Mexico
Las Vegas
Utah
Washington, D.C.
Utah

As a child I loved to do gymnastics, play the piano, travel, and read. I read A LOT. I also really loved animals and dreamed of becoming a veterinarian when I was older. See this picture? That was how I spent my weekends as a tween.

Which just goes to show that it doesn’t matter how ugly your glasses were when you were 13…or if you had a mullet haircut…or if a cat and a book were your best friends. Peak in life, baby. Peak in life.

I graduated from Eldorado High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a scary place to go to school. My best friend and I survived it by watching classic black-and-white movies every weekend. I always picked a Cary Grant, and she always picked a Clark Gable. My favorite was That Touch of Mink. I graduated with high honors from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in English and a minor in music.

I met my husband at BYU and we have four lovely children. After having children I discovered a deep well of creativity within myself that needed an outlet. I tried crafty things and decorating things and cooking things, but nothing satisfied or fulfilled me until I started writing my own stories. Once I started writing my first novel, Edenbrooke, I knew I had found a great love. I feel so fortunate and blessed to be able to do something I love for a living.

Besides writing, I enjoy music, traveling, being in the mountains, going to movies, and spending time with my family.