Donis is a former teacher and academic librarian. She was born and raised in Tulse, Oklahoma and now lives in Tempe Arizona.
She writes a series of historical mysteries featuring Alafair Tucker. The books are set in Oklahoma around the early 1900s and the main character is a mother of ten children who likes nothing better than to solve mysteries. The books have won the Arizona Book Award a couple of times and she has also been a finalist for the Willa Award and the Oklahoma Book Award.
The books are perfect for anyone who loves period stories that take the reader straight to the time and place in which it is set. She captures life in the early 20th century very well, adds the rough and tumble cast of characters and then throws in strong mysteries to entertain.