Although born in New York City, where Donovan spent most of her life, she has lived in six states and has visited most of the others. She earned her MA in English at Northern Arizona University. In one way or another, she has been writing her entire life, whether it was imaginative stories for her friends, or advertising copy for industrial clients.
She never felt her stories were “good enough” to be published. At the persistent urging of her late husband, she finally agreed to seriously edit and revise one of them and take the plunge. Although accepted for publication, the book never made it all the way to print. However, she had the courage to pursue her dream of becoming a published author.
Years later, her persistence paid off and her first novel, PROMISES, an historical fiction was published. In 2020, it won the 2019 Marie M Irvine Literary Excellence Award. It has also been nominated for the Author Academy Award for Best Historical Fiction of 2019.
Donovan currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and is a member of Authors Guild, SCBWI, Women’s National Book Association, and The Historical Novel Society.
What's being said about PROMISES.
Promises Wins Prestigious Marie M. Irvine Literary Excellence Award in 2019
Federal Way, WA (March 8, 2020): The Marie M. Irvine Literary Excellence Award welcomes its newest winner for 2019, Promises – a historical fiction by author, Eileen Donovan.
Historical drama fiction fans will find a new addition to the list of prestigious writing awards with Eileen Donovan's novel, Promises. Highlighted as her break out novel, Promises claims the Marie M. Irvine Literary Excellence Award as its inaugural literary award. Spotlighting the struggles of WWII survivors in this historical genre, this award-winning novel is listed with publisher, Waldorf Publishing, and is found on the shelves of better retail bookstores and online stores.
"Promises is a brilliant coming of age story that presents an often-overlooked historical viewpoint of WWII." (Goodreads review)
"Ms. Donovan has combined historical research and the realities of war with a heartfelt story… Bravo! Ms. Donovan. A truly inspiring read." (Goodreads review)
"We anticipate much success for Ms. Donovan with this award-winning book. We are incredibly pleased that her book has received the Marie M. Irvine Literary Excellence Award for 2019 and wish her many noted achievements in her writing endeavors." Marti Melville, CEO of Doce Blant Publishing announced.
"I didn't know that" became a refrain as I read Promises, even though I had lived through the World War II period in which this well-researched novel is set. A book that will engage adult readers, as well as its targeted younger audience, both middle school and high school teachers will find it a valuable resource.
- CAROL ROAN
Former Middle School Teacher, Co-Editor of When Last on the Mountain
Against a backdrop of World War II, Promises demonstrates that courage is not confined to the battlefield. Eileen Donovan brings to life wonderful characters who understand duty, endure heartbreak, and yet continue to embrace hope. Promises delivers.
- ROBIN CHALKLEY
Author of Two Americas and Noah Don't Think So