Julianne Donaldson was born in the United States to an American father and a British mother. Fighter pilot in the Air Force. She learned to ski in the Italian Alps, visited East Berlin before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and lived adjacent to a 500-year-old castle for three years. She switched her emphasis to writing about faraway periods and places after acquiring an English degree. Her husband and children live in Utah with her. Juliaanne Donaldson's website is www.juliannedonaldson.com.