Born in Coventry, England, Danuta (“Donna”) Solecka Urbikas immigrated to the USA with her parents and sister in 1952, settling in Chicago, Illinois, and growing up in the Polish community. After attending Catholic grade schools and a public high school in Chicago, she graduated from the University of Illinois—Chicago Circle with a degree in biology and began teaching high school biology.

Currently, Donna is an award-winning author and finalist in the Chicago Writers Association, Society of Midland Authors, Midwest Book Awards (as part of the Midwest Independent Publishers Association), and Foreword INDIES.

On a second visit to Poland with her son following the fall of Communism she was able to finally visit her mother’s birthplace. The author is a cancer survivor and volunteers for Imerman Angels, currently working as an Illinois Licensed Real Estate Broker and writer, living in Chicago with her husband. They have three adult children.