Donna K. Wallace, DMin.
Best-selling Author, Speaker, Guide
I’m a memoirist and writing guide, meaning that I love mining narrative and storied identities. When I’m not hunched over my own keyboard, I nudge, cajole, and befriend others in their life and writing.
Even though I come packaged as the least likely to write, I have penned international bestselling books with accomplished speakers, physicians, therapists and celebrities. Why? I’m fascinated with humanity and making the world a happier, healthier and safer place. The rest is just deadlines and details, and having amazing editors.
This is why I am also currently serving as Project Faculty for the doctoral program at Portland Seminary of George Fox University in the Leadership and Spiritual Formation track.
As my schedule allows I enjoy speaking with large audiences and interacting in intimate gatherings of creatives. If you’re interested in knowing more about my work, being a part of a Writing Studio, or scheduling me for a speaking engagement, please contact me.
My husband, James, and I live in Bozeman, Montana when we’re not out on a road trip or crazy adventure with our adult kids.
Come sit with me.
Tell me of India and how the steam blankets the low land and rises
in the Midwestern green at sunset.
Blow oxygen into my nostrils pinched from academic fervor.
Uncurl my fingers from their tight grasp,
I lay my pen down…and pick it up again.
You whisper, cajole
Romance to come again
after I’d cussed her and chased her far into the night.
You brought me to the water’s edge
and reminded me that I am her.
“Donna is an artisan and with great care ‘fashions’ authors and their books—she envisions, sketches and builds bestsellers with folks who never even knew themselves to be authors. The process, the journey, through which she takes writers is miraculous and magical; insightful and beautiful; revealing and challenging. She hovers carefully over the places of one’s heart that needs to be protected with enduring patience. Dr. Donna K. Wallace gives the best of herself and her talents, every time.”
– Daisy Rain Martin, author of Juxtaposed: Finding Sanctuary on the Outside
“Donna K. Wallace touches people. With passionate understanding and compassion, she impacts people of all ages with high energy and interactive story. Donna receives rave reviews from her audiences whether in person, on stage, or in print.”
– Doug Herman, author
DONNA’S WRITING STUDIOS, WORKSHOPS & RETREATS
“One of the best things a new writer can have is an experienced mentor–one who has walked the path ahead and knows what publishers want and what makes for strong, commercial writing. That’s why I love this studio with Donna K. Wallace. A proven teacher, an experienced New York Times bestselling writer, willing to spend time with you and walk you through the process? What a great idea!”
– Chip MacGregor, President of MacGregor Literary, Inc.
“Dr. Donna K. Wallace and the Writing Studio has been immensely helpful in getting my dissertation jumpstarted and progressing again. Donna’s wisdom, compassion and forthrightness have helped me develop a strategy I can rely on all the way to completion.”
– Dr. Aimee Stone Cooper
“Thank you, Dr. Wallace, for being a channel of grace and holy presence. You helped me believe I could complete a daunting task and you helped me settle in that sacred space allowing the energy of God to flow through me into my writing.”
– Mary Laymon, DMin.
“Dr. Wallace, I want to share my deep appreciation for you. You have come along side us at just the right time. I envision you as the captain of a vessel navigating us through fog, tides and obstacles toward our destination. You are deeply appreciated”
– Jim Ahasay, DMin.
“Dr. Donna K. Wallace works with discerning intuition, insightful recommendations, and genuine passion to see one’s thoughts and concepts to come across on the page. She will be an encourager for you until you too cross the finish line.”
– Dwight D. Croy, DMin.
“Donna, I can’t thank you enough for the amazing opportunity you offered at your Writers Retreat! From the accommodations, food and presentations, I was inspired and encouraged to open a whole new chapter in my life. I was amazed at how my eyes have been opened to new ways of seeing, thinking, praying and writing. The retreat was packed with such a variety of information and inspiration and your success coupled with gentle humility is such a gift. Thank you for your generosity and kindness.”
– Michele Oakland
“I’m honored to count you as a dearest friend.”
– Jeremy Soldevilla, author of Second Chances
“Donna, thank you again for offering your time, encouragement, and expertise as I embark on this journey as a published author. I so appreciate and value your time and insight.”
-Jamie Upshulte-Downer, author of YA urban fantasy, Walking Through Spaces
ONE-ON-ONE Guided Sessions
“After nearly every video conference with you I calmly say goodbye, make sure the phone is hung up, and then proceed to do a celebratory happy dance behind the closed doors of the conference room where we visit at work. You bring joy each time we meet.”
– Katie Dawn, author
“I had no idea what to expect from my scheduled One-On-One with Donna K. Wallace. In essence, the message she telegraphed to me before the session was, “Come with questions, fears, or ideas. I’m up for whatever.” And that’s precisely what I did. I prepared three questions, two fears, and an idea for our hour together on Google hangout. Donna wasted none of my time. She let me ask my questions freely and offered me her most honest answer in each case. I was most fearful about my portrayal of family members in the biography/memoir I am writing. Donna understood completely, advising me through the eyes of her own experience. We shared over an hour of enriching conversation. I ended the call sensing increased confidence and definition, and felt the freedom to write, write, write—something I did that night until the wee hours of the morning.”
– Mark Sims, author
“Wow! This retreat with you has been a tremendous blessing—far exceeding any thought or expectation I was looking for. It was exactly what I was needing: rest/retreat, stimulating conversation, a heart-friend with whom to explore memories and words…”
– Elaine Yoder, DMin.
“Thank you so much for the kindness and words of wisdom you shared over the phone today. I appreciate you!”
– Ashley Goad, DMin.
“During scheduled blocks of time each week, Donna opens the great room of her home for shared creative space for those of us who are looking for companionship in our art. A typical sight is artistic types of all different stripe perched on bar stools, recliners or leather couches. Some will be sketching story arcs on the white board, some with furrowed brows bend over laptops and sketch pads, each quietly lending energy to one another. We work individually but never alone.” – ME
“Donna has spent her life preparing a place of sanctuary where I can come and create when the legs of my faith are rubbery and unsure—she is my safe place to explore my story, just as she promised.” – SL
“I always come away from your home and our conversations with such a sense of the grace and peace.” – BB
DISSERTATION TO PUBLICATION
“Dr. Donna K. Wallace’s experience in both the publishing and the academic spheres provide her unique acumen for helping prospective authors restructure dissertations and theses into compelling and well-crafted published works for more general audiences. As a book architect and New York Times best-selling author, she understands the key elements of prose and story arc necessary to weave a captivating book. Her editing work for doctoral dissertations helps Donna bridge the gap since she “speaks the language” of both the publishing and academic communities. Donna helped me immensely in “architecting” my dissertation into a publishable product; I’m certain we would not see Good Faith Hunting in print had it not been for Donna’s creative expertise. I enthusiastically recommend Donna K. Wallace for shepherding the transformation of dissertations and theses into publishable manuscripts.”
– Henry Stewart, DMin., author of Good Faith Hunting
“Kudos to Donna K. Wallace for the November Writer’s Studio held at the Mission Ranch Lodge in Montana. Donna’s teaching and coaching style is warm, humor-filled and engaging. Her expertise and her passion for nurturing the budding abilities of other authors sparked new energy and ideas for those of us participating. Curling up on a cozy chair with a cup of tea and watching the techni-color sunsets was inspiring. The facilities, food, and fellowship nurtured our souls, as well as our growing word counts!”
– Vonna Thomas, DMin.
“Without Dr. Donna K. Wallace, my book-architect extraordinaire’s encouragement from the earliest days of editing my dissertation—Redeeming Disruptions—to the formation of communitas as a writing community, to our present writing journey, this book would have never happened. You saw what I didn’t—what God said about interruption and that I was the messenger of hope.”
– Dr. Tony Nelson, author of Crazy Life: Navigating Through Life’s Disruptions Without Losing Your Faith
“Across the years, I have watched Donna develop into a dynamic speaker, thoughtful writer, and creative teacher. I’ve had the opportunity to observe Donna speak at my church, retreats, in classrooms and multi-cultural/multi-denominational outreaches. Whether the group is African-American or Wyoming ranchers, Donna’s interactive, narrative style is most effective in drawing people to the heart of God. With warmth and intensity, people from all walks of life are reminded of their true identity as being fashioned in the image and identity of God.”
– Rev. Don Brockus, Cody, WY
“Donna is a gifted and popular communicator. She is a serious and experienced thinker and notable writer in primary works as well as collaboration and co-authored books. She also exhibits great poise social situations, quickly developing rapport with a variety of audiences.”
– Dr. Phil Robinette, Vanguard University Emeritus
“I have personally witnessed Donna’s deep and sincere desire to befriend others on their spiritual journey through writing, retreats, and teaching. Donna communicates in a way that makes you feel like you are the only one in the room, even among many. Her genuine love for others is infectious and her sense of humor brings a beautiful light to any conversation…whether in personal dialog, ministry, or inviting people to live in community at their home.”
– Tara Bradford
COLLABORATIVE WORKS WITH PUBLISHED AUTHORS
Donna, you helped ease the load in birnging this book to life. It’s far more powerful thatn it wioud hav ebeen without you. When I think of you, I think of Ecclesiastes 4:9, “Two are better than one, because they have a good returne for their labor.” Thank you!
– Dr. Laurel Shaler, professor and former psychotherapist for the Dept of Veterans Affairs
Reclaiming Sanity: Hope and Healing for Trauma, Stres, and Overwhelming Life Events (Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2017)
Many people can point to a single book and say, “This book changed the way I live!” And since reading The Healthy Home I have been changed for life. As a fitness professional, personal trainer, wife, and mother, it is my job to listen, learn, and adopt the best ways to improve the quality of my life, my family’s life, and my clients’ lives.
– Kathy Kaehler, celebrity trainer
The Healthy Home (New York: Vanguard Press, 2011). A New York Times Bestseller
I would like to extend an enormous thanks to my friend and collaborator, Donna Wallace, who truly stayed the course and from the start has kept a bright vision of Finding Ever After. Donna, you brought endless creativity and energy, as well as a crucial and much-needed feminine perspective; your meticulous care and attention to detail were impeccable. Thank you for your unwillingness to settle, for your patience with me, and your awesome sense of humor that allowed us to laugh, even when the going was tough.
– Dr. Robert S. Paul, author, co-president and CEO of the National Institute of Marriage.
Finding Ever After: A Romantic Adventure for Her, An Adventurous Romance for Him (Minneapolis: Bethany Books, 2007).
Reading your manuscript was like putting on lotion after sitting in the sun for eight hours. This was one of the cleanest to cross my desk this year, and its accessibility in tone and content made an impression on me as well as others on our team. Great job, Donna – thanks for putting in the effort to make this a terrific read.
– Chris Park, Senior Editor, Center Street, Hachette Book Group USA
Donna, Donna, Donna—my collaborator and friend. It cannot be easy to climb into this head of mine and make the thoughts, the ideas, and the passion come to life. Somehow, you did it! I value your talent and your heart. For your creativity, your guidance, and your attention to detail, I thank you.
– Monica Reed, M.D., author, Senior Medical Officer of Florida Hospital in Orlando
CREATION Health Breakthrough (New York: Hachette, 2007).
I’ve read many, many marriage books, but none has compared to the depth, wisdom, hope and authenticity of this book. Because of the expertly woven stories, I identified with each couple’s struggles. I cheered when they realized where they’d gotten off track and I cringed as I saw myself in their desperation. And through it all, I learned amazing truths about myself, my God, and my marriage.
Everywhere I go, I hear about the impact of this book and the principles within. If you’re struggling in your marriage, longing to see relational health, I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book. Dr. Bob Paul and Dr. Greg Smalley’s proven and surprising insight will, if you let it, revolutionize the way you interact with and love your spouse.
– Mary E. DeMuth, author of Watching The Tree Limbs
The DNA of Relationships for Couples (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale), 2006.
Donna, I loved what you did with the MS. You handled the POV’s during the counseling sessions very well. The shifts feel natural and clear. Very well done! I also loved the new opening scene with Rodney waiting for Chelsea to come home! This is just what I had envisioned.
– Kathy Olson, Senior Editor, Tyndale House Publishers
Sister Freaks: Stories of Women Who Gave Everything Up for God, Rebecca St. James, ed. (New York: Warner Faith), 2005.
I totally love this book. These true stories—of young women who are sold out to God and willing to take on whatever He calls them to—just blew me away. Besides actually making me cry, they also challenged me to look more deeply into my own life and calling. I seriously recommend this book to anyone who truly wants to serve God. Really, Sister Freaks is awesome!
– Melody Carlson, author of Diary of a Teenage Girl
I want to give special thanks to my collaborator, Donna K. Wallace, whose wonderful talent and influence is seen throughout this book. Without her energy and guidance, this project would never have seen completion.
– Ray Strand, M.D., international bestselling author
What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutritional Medicine (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2002). International Bestseller