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Donna-OwczarekThanks for stopping by my website to learn a little bit more about me and my work. I live on Long Island with my husband, two laid back felines, and our dogs…the four-legged muses who ignite my imagination and bring my keyboard to life.

My short fiction has appeared in Family Dog Magazine and Celebrating Greyhounds Magazine. My story, “Glimmer,” won first place in the American Kennel Club’s Annual Fiction Contest and was later nominated for the Dog Writers Association of America’s Maxwell Medallion. If you are interested in reading some of my stories, please take a moment to visit my short fiction page.

My nonfiction has been published in Modern Dog Magazine and the Vizsla Club of Long Island’s quarterly newsletter.

All of the above work was published under my married name “Donna Owczarek.” An interesting tidbit about my difficult-to-pronounce (and equally difficult-to-spell) surname is that it roughly translates to “Shepherd” in Polish. Because of this, I’ve decided to adopt the pen name “D.L. Shepherd” and plan to publish all of my future work under this new name. It’s still me, and technically, it’s still my name…but now it’s much easier for my readers to find me.

And speaking of finding me, I’m over the moon to announce that my debut novel, THE FOSTER, was purchased by Kate Foster of Lakewater Press and is scheduled to be published near the end of 2018.

Temp Cover PhotoTHE FOSTER is a creepy thriller about Judge, a Catahoula leopard dog with a disturbing stare, who keeps being returned to his foster home…because his adopters keep turning up dead. When his foster mom tries to find out why, she is shocked by the terrifying secrets her research reveals…

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If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me  – reader feedback is always welcome.