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D.J. Starling is a penname derived through a combination of a dream, an apparition, and fate. Instinct told Donna Joyce to embrace the moniker, and an author was born. Wisdom led her to recruit Marsha Fischer after they got acquainted in a writers' workshop, and a productive partnership began. An innate understanding of each other's work enables us to rely on each other's unique strengths, as well as distinctive personalities. We nurture our own ideas and brainstorm often, mining nuggets from our ramblings that we write and edit - together and separately. Coincidentally, although it was long before we knew each other, we both attempted our first novels while in the 4th grade. Since then, we've both learned that two heads really are better than one as we blend our literary voices to bring intriguing characters to life in compelling stories.