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Donna Costa

Donna Costa

DONNA COSTA is a former holistic health practitioner who integrates the world of natural health into her stories, including her debut novel, Breathing With Treesa YA, coming-of-age story released in 2020.

Costa spent 20 years as a corporate secretary, ghostwriting countless business letters in which “Dear Sir” and “Yours truly” featured prominently. After leaving the steno chair, maintained a private holistic health practice before shifting to a career as a writer.

Costa’s short stories have been published in Prairie Fire, Queen’s Quarterly, and Nurture Literary, shortlisted in Event’s 2022 Creative Non-Fiction Contest and gritLIT’s 2023 Writing Contest. Her next book is a memoir hybrid.

Costa is on the Board of the London Writers’ Society, and a member of the Writers Union of Canada.

Costa grew up on a farm in Perth County, southern Ontario, where she enjoyed the solitude of country living. She filled her hours reading books under the back yard maple tree while trying to ignore her pesky brothers. Attending her rural elementary school, she received solid instruction in grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure, some of which she still remembers. She resides in London, Ontario.



Breathing With Trees is a YA coming-of-age novel. While attempting to discover the identity of her father, as well as the classmate talking behind her back, Lucy, age 14, must choose whether to follow the crowd, the family rules, or her own intuition. Available in print, e-book, and audio.

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