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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Elizabeth Donald  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Romance Science Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1975 in Merced, CA

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-- Elizabeth Donald on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

I have lived in Illinois since 1998, when I took my first reporting job at the La Salle NewsTribune. In 2000, I moved to Edwardsville, Ill. where I began reporting for the Belleville News-Democrat. I published my first novel in 2004 and have since published several more books while living in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Elizabeth Donald is a writer fond of things that go chomp in the night. She is a three-time winner of the Darrell Award for speculative fiction, including one for her short-story collection, "Setting Suns." She is the author of the Nocturnal Urges vampire mystery series and numerous short stories and novellas in the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres. She founded the Literary Underworld, an author cooperative helping small-press writers promote and sell their work. By day she is a reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat, which provides her with an endless source of material, and writes CultureGeek, a pop-culture column and blog. Her latest releases include "Blackfire," sequel to her bestselling zombie novella, "The Cold Ones."

Published Works

    Nocturnal Urges, Ellora's Cave Publishing, 2004A More Perfect Union, Ellora's Cave Publishing, 2005Setting Suns, New Babel Books, 2006Nocturne, Cerridwen Press, 2006Abaddon, Cerridwen Press, 2007The Dreadmire Chronicles, Spellbinder Books, 2009The Cold Ones, Sam's Dot Publishing, 2010Blackfire, Sam's Dot Publishing, 2011Tandem, Ellora's Cave Publishing, 2006

Selected Titles At Your Library

A more perfect union /
ISBN: 1419903721. OCLC Number:

Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc.,. Akron, OH :. ©2005.

Setting suns ;
ISBN: 0972019766. OCLC Number:

New Babel Books,. [Place of publication not identified] :. ©2006.

Nocturne /
ISBN: 1419954040. OCLC Number:

Cerridwen Press,. Akron, OH :. 2006.

In a world where vampires are treated as second-class citizens, a vampire-friendly human opens a nightclub in Memphis catering to the living and the undead called Nocturnal Urges.

Sultry summer fun /
ISBN: 1419950924. OCLC Number:

Elllora's Cave Romantica Publishing,. Akron, OH :. 2007.


  • Darrell Award,
  • Nocturnal Urges

  • Darrell Award,
  • Abaddon

  • Darrell Award,
  • Wonderland (short story)

  • Prism Award,
  • Nocturnal Urges (finalist)

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    I am available to speak to groups of any size within a reasonable driving distance of Edwardsville, Ill. I do not charge a fee to speak unless an overnight stay is required, in which case I request a hotel accommodation. I do require that I be permitted to offer my books for sale. Contact my assistant at if you are interested in having me speak to your group. I can speak on a number of subjects connected to my journalism career as well as my career as a speculative fiction novelist.