After retiring from teaching, Dana Vacca now spends most of her time writing short stories, poetry and novellas and restoring and selling antiques. She says unraveling the story of an intriguing antique piece is like time-traveling back to another era. Researching an old heirloom brings history to life. It feeds and inspires her writing as her imagination takes over and fills in the blanks.
Having been born in the North, but living almost half her life in the South, she always found the people of the Civil War era a fascinating subject to explore. That time, packed with emotional, social and economic upheaval, is complicated to understand and its impact still influences the American present.
Dana Vacca holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College. She taught visual media and design at the college level. She has illustrated children's books but equally loves to paint with words to create exciting adventure, vivid imagery and compelling characters in her creative writing and fictional works.
She is now living again in coastal New England with two dogs who are her faithful companions and biggest fans.