Welcome to the blog of Donna Croy Wright. I live with my husband Tyler on 11 acres in the Sierra Nevada Foothills southeast of Yosemite. A writer, amateur genealogist, and historian, I recently began melding those interests into works of historical fiction. Loosely built from my family’s past, these stories highlight ordinary people in extraordinary times.
I’ve written a historical novel, The Scattering of Stones, set in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio which debuted February 2018. Two more books are in the works.
I also write genealogical research articles, one of which won second place in the Ohio Genealogical Society 2017 Writing Contest. Short bits of my on-going research appear here on my blog (along with my occasional insights into the world of writing and research in general.)
My journey into writing began with a book written for family about our family’s history, sprinkled with a little fictional imagining. I just couldn’t resist. But after it was published, I kept uncovering more information and more questions. It seems I’ve embarked on a life long journey, using this site as a platform for what I learn along the way. I am hugely indebted to some amazing people who created books, often self-published, that required copious amounts of research and hours of interviews, books that delved into both family history and the history of place. I also appreciate the many outstanding historical fiction authors I’ve read through the years. Through those authors and my father, who shared his love of history, I found my passion. I offer these postings, pages, and any books to follow as a small thank you to each of them.