Yona Zeldis McDonough

Yona Zeldis McDonough was born in Hadera, Israel, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Educated at Vassar College and Columbia University, she is the author of eight novels for adults. Her short fiction, essays, and articles have appeared in many national and literary publications. She is the fiction editor of Lilith Magazine, a feminist, Jewish magazine.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Anne of Green Gables, A Little Princess.

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“You are not kind, and this is not a home.” (From A Little Princess)

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Betty Smith, LM Montgomery, Frances Hodgson Burnett

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I loved reading so much; writing was an natural extension of that.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Keep reading, keep writing and keep sending your work out.