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Donna June Cooper

The granddaughter of a coal miner and the great-great-granddaughter of one of the Muscogee people, Donna was raised in the shadows of the Appalachian Mountains, in the beautiful hills of East Tennessee. After getting a couple of college degrees, she was lured away from her mountains by an, admittedly gorgeous, Italian guy, who married her and carried her off to Texas. Donna has made her living doing a little bit of everything, including a stint as an IRS tax auditor, a few years managing a bookstore, and a career in the corporate world. Donna enjoys being walked by her Jack Russell Terrier (if you know Jacks, you understand), belly dancing (excellent exercise and lots of shiny costumes), reading (three books at once, at times), and travel (with family in Italy and England, who wouldn’t?) Like any child of the Appalachians, she can’t stay away from “her mountains” for long, and visits as often as she can.