Donna Esposito

Author of the Novel

Flying Time



A time-twisting novel of World War II

Flying Time A Novel by Donna Esposito

World War II history articles


Original historical research

Shadow on Concrete Wall


“A World War II Nancy Drew”
Interview with Author Donna Esposito
Stories Behind the Stars Podcast
Part I, 27 Apr. 2021
The Story Behind One of the Most Famous WWII Photos
Stories Behind the Stars Podcast
Part 2, 27 Apr. 2021
Guadalcanal Fallen's Dog Tags Found After 74 Years 
Stories Behind the Stars Podcast
Part 3, 27 Apr. 2021



Donna Esposito grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, not far from the homes of James A. Michener, Margaret Mead, Pearl S. Buck, and Oscar Hammerstein II. She earned an undergraduate degree in molecular biology from Lehigh University (where she hosted “Sunday Swing” on the campus radio station, WLVR) and a doctoral degree in genetics from Cornell University (where she enjoyed learning to jitterbug and Lindy Hop when she wasn’t in the laboratory). 

Donna’s interest in World War II stems from seeing a local production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific when she was nine years old. Since then, she has had an avid interest in all aspects of World War II history and popular culture of the 1930s and 1940s.

Donna has visited WWII sites in Sicily, Papua New Guinea, Palau, the Marianas, and Solomon Islands, where she participated in the recovery of remains from an MIA soldier and attended the Guadalcanal 75th Anniversary commemoration events in August 2017. Donna has previously served as director of the library and archives at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum in Glenville, NY and as a researcher for nonprofit organizations dedicated to finding MIAs. In addition to her personal writing and research projects, she volunteers for the South Pacific World War II Museum on Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu.



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