Donna Gielow McFarland wrote her first book at age ten, and her first jobs were in bookstores and libraries. After earning a degree in piano performance from Wheaton College and a master’s degree in piano pedagogy from the University of Oregon, she taught at New Hope Christian College (formerly Eugene Bible College) and Northwest Christian University. She also served as class piano program coordinator at the University of Oregon.
Donna began her self-publishing career in 2008 with her debut children’s chapter book, The Purple Elephant. Her books include Worship at the Keys: A Method Book, Follow the Star: Christmas Songs for Piano, The Purple Elephant chapter books, Duck and Friends early readers, Sam and the Dragon: A Medieval Mars Story and several college music textbooks. Donna lives in Oregon with her husband and son.