Donna Jean Kimel was born 10 November 1947 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA, daughter of Eva Lee Smith and Terry T. Kimel. She studied English at Appalachian State University. In 1969, she married Richard John Vitek, and they had two children: Marie Vitek (Monroe) and Thomas Richard Vitek.
She wrote 34 romance novels as Donna Alexander, Donna Vitek, and Donna Kimel Vitek from 1979 to 1987. She was member of the Author's Guild and Romance Writers of America. Donna Jean Kimel Vitek passed away on 18 October 2003 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.