Donna was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada; a relatively small steel making community, and spent her first 25 years there. She married, divorced and raised two of her three children there until leaving during the recession of the early 1980's. Toronto more than provided her with the means to support her family; it held all of the resources that she would need to attain her goals and dreams of a better future than The Sault could ever possibly allow her.
Sadly, those goals and dreams were hers alone, and she soon found the unhappiness of her children would cost her their upbringing.
At the age of nine, Jacquilynne and her older brother, then twelve, would return to the care of their father and the same small town influences that had driven their mother away.
Although raised by the same moral standards, only two of Donna's children grew to be fine young men with deep rooted standards and convictions while her daughter Jacquilynne choose a life completely contradictory to every moral she was raised by.
And so, it would be Jacquilynne, her only daughter, who would provide Donna with the basis, as well as the encouragement, with which to write.
Jacquilynne's life style would find her beaten, threatened with death, in the midst of murders and crime, running for her life and suffering terminal illness caused from her addiction. Donna would learn how wrong the common belief that "addiciton is a choice" really is and how 'tough love' almost denied her the final months of her daughter's life.