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Donna-OwczarekThanks for stopping by my website to learn a little bit more about me and my work. An interesting tidbit about my difficult-to-pronounce last name, Owczarek, is that it means “Shepherd” or ”Sheep Dog” in Polish. I thought of adopting a pen-name that might be easier to spell, but since my writing always includes a dog, and because one of my favorite rescues was in fact a shepherd mix (pictured below), I decided the name was fitting.

My last name comes from my husband, Nick, who I live with on Long Island, along with two frisky felines, and our dogs…the inspiration behind all of my work. If you love dogs too, you may enjoy a visit to the dogs’ page, where you’ll learn more about the four-leggers, both past and present, who ignite my imagination and bring my keyboard to life.

Thanks to my canine muses, 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.

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