Author Donald Firesmith

Donald Firesmith is an award winning author of speculative fiction novels for both adult and young adult readers.

Donald is a retired and distinguished system and software engineer who helped the United States Government acquire large, complex software-intensive systems.

He pens modern urban paranormal fantasy, as well as apocalyptic, alien-invasion science fiction novels. He relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and mystical gemstones.

In addition to four novels, he has authored seven engineering books and co-authored a screenplay adaption of his first Hell Holes book.

You can learn more about Donald and obtain autographed copies of his books by visiting

His magical wands are available at Firesmith’s Wand Shoppe.


The Secrets of Hawthorne House is the story of an unlikely friendship, the clash of two radically different cultures, hidden magic, and a search for the lost Hawthorne treasure.

Fifteen-year-old Matt Mitchell was having the worst summer imaginable. His misery started when his mother died in a senseless car accident. Matt’s grieving father, unable to remain in the family’s seaside cottage, moved Matt and his sister away from their beloved ocean.

Their relocation to the small town of Hawthorne, Indiana only made Matt’s life more difficult. When Matt learned the recluse living in the dilapidated Victorian mansion next door was none other than Old Lady Hawthorne, the town’s infamous witch and murderer of wayward husbands, he became entranced in mystery.

When Old Lady Hawthorne’s niece and her three children moved in next door, the extraordinary happened, and the Hawthornes’ family secrets came to life, forever changing Matt's.

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