About Donna

Levin_07web_CROP-1_edited-2Donna is the author of There’s More Than One Way Home (Chickadee Prince Books 2017), a best-selling “autism lit” novel that Booklist, in a starred review, called “a smart, wise and big-hearted book,” and about which Bustle.com wrote, “Have you ever fallen in love with an author for the first time through their third, or fourth, or even fifth bookand wondered: where have you been all my life[?]”

Her new novel, He Could Be Another Bill Gates, will be published by Chickadee Prince Books in October 2018.

Donna published her first novel,
Extraordinary Means, with William Morrow. Kirkus called it “a witty,
clear-eyed debut,” and the San Francisco Chronicle described it as “an
extraordinarily lively, funny novel.”

Her second novel,
California Street, was published by Simon & Schuster. Digby Diehl
wrote in the Los Angeles Times, “This is an inventive novel that is thought-provoking and fun to read, and Levin … is a novelist to keep high on your reading
list.” The San Francisco Examiner called it “a lifeboat in a sea of featureless
fiction.” Both California Street and Extraordinary Means were optioned for film.

Donna has published two books about writing,Get that Novel Started and
Get that Novel Written, both with Writer’s Digest Books. Get that Novel Written was translated into Italian and published
by Dino Audino Editore.

Donna taught fiction writing for two decades, most notably at the University of California Extension at Berkeley, where she led the Novel-Writing Workshop. Many of her students have gone on to publish, including Frank Baldwin (Balling the Jack and Jake and Mimi), Terry Gamble (Water Dancers and Good Family), and Mark Coggins, author of the August Riordan mysteries. She has also been a frequent guest at writers’ conferences, including the San Francisco Writers’ Conference and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. For many years she was a freelance book reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle and a columnist for the San Francisco Independent.

Donna’s work is included in Boston University’s 20th Century Archives and in the California State Library’s collection of California novels.
She lives in San Francisco.