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About Donna Esposito
Donna Esposito grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, not far from the homes of James A. Michener, Margaret Mead, Pearl S. Buck, and Oscar Hammerstein II. She earned an undergraduate degree in molecular biology from Lehigh University (where she hosted “Sunday Swing” on the campus radio station, WLVR) and a doctoral degree in genetics from Cornell University (where she enjoyed learning to jitterbug and Lindy Hop when she wasn’t in the laboratory). Donna resides near Schenectady, New York.
Although a scientist by training, Donna’s interest in World War II stems from seeing a local production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific when she was nine years old. Since then, she has had an avid interest in all aspects of World War II history and popular culture of the 1940s.
Donna enjoys flying in vintage warbirds, including flights in a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber, North American P-51 Mustang, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, North American AT-6 Texan trainer, and Douglas C-47 Skytrain. She spent five weeks in Papua New Guinea in 2018 and has visited the Solomon Islands twice, participating in the recovery of remains from an MIA soldier and attending the Guadalcanal 75th Anniversary commemoration events in August 2017. Donna previously served as the director of the library and archives at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum in Glenville, NY and as a historian with the nonprofit organization Pacific Wrecks. In addition to her personal writing and research projects, she volunteers as a writer and researcher for the South Pacific World War II Museum on Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu.
Flying Time is Donna’s first novel. She is currently working on other fiction and nonfiction projects.