DONNA COSTA is a former holistic health practitioner who integrates the world of natural health into her debut novel, “Breathing With Trees.”

Costa has been a frequent guest contributor at and her short story, “Petrels and Terns,” was published in Wordsfest Franken Zine, Vol. 4.  Her health articles have appeared in Bowen Hands, the journal of The Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia. In her former career as secretary, she was a ghostwriter of countless business letters in which “Dear Sir” and “Yours truly” featured prominently, and she wrote “The Wellness Corner” column for an in-house corporate newsletter.

After leaving the steno chair, Costa maintained a private holistic health practice and wrote two health blogs before shifting to fiction writing where she often incorporates her previous experience into her stories.

At Sarah Selecky’s Writing School, Costa’s writing style was diagnosed as ‘Deeper Than You Think,’ a term coined by Selecky and defined as “deceptively straightforward and carefully crafted” and “more philosophical than you let on.”

Costa grew up on a farm in Perth County, southern Ontario, where she enjoyed the solitude of country living. She filled her hours reading books under the back yard maple tree while trying to ignore her pesky brothers. Attending her rural elementary school, she received solid instruction in grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure, some of which she still remembers. She now resides in London, Ontario.

“Breathing With Trees” is a coming-of-age story about a young teen raised in the world of holistic health. She is faced with making adult decisions around informed consent, while trying to discover the name of her father and the name of the classmate that has been calling her names. There is also first love and some magical elements.

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