Donna Thorland graduated from Yale with a degree in classics and art history. She managed architecture and interpretation at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, for several years then earned an MFA in film production from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Thorland has been a Disney / ABC Television Writing Fellow, a WGA Writer's Access Project honoree, and has written for the television shows Cupid and Tron: Uprising. The director of several award-winning short films, her most recent project aired on WNET Channel 13. Her fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.