Welcome to my website. That’s me up there—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, my interests began to meld, resulting in this eclectic website, as well as The Maggie Chronicles, a series of historical fiction novels. Loosely built from my family’s past, these stories highlight ordinary people in extraordinary times.
The Scattering of Stones, set in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio, debuted in February 2018, with an updated, December 2018, sporting a new cover to match the series. Book two, The Forging of Frost, comes out in January 2019. In the works are three more books in the series. Look for the third book, The Legacy of Payne, in Spring of 2020!
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.