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Short story writers: Donna Ashcroft

Donna Ashcroft grew up in Buckinghamshire where she dreamed of becoming an actress, an author or a princess. She moved to Lancashire for a while to obtain a degree in English and Linguistics where she joined a local writer’s circle and wrote bad poetry and even worse horror stories.

She enjoyed various roles including hairdresser’s assistant, toilet cleaner, waitress and secretary, before hitting the big time writing video-cover copy for the BBC specialising in Doctor Who and Noddy. Worked briefly for Saatchi and Saatchi and wrote a ten second TV ad for Flora Margarine which aired fifteen times and was watched by millions (mostly her relations). After working in marketing and running the website of a large publisher for ten years, she became a copywriter again and now works from home.

She is just about to finish her second, as yet, unpublished novel and dreams of being a Mills & Boon author. Between chapters she writes short stories, enters competitions, feeds her children and is an active member of the Tring Writers Circle.

Donna’s short story The Librarian was a runner up in the Short Story Radio Competition winter 2008/2009.

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