D. Quincy Whitney was born in Boston and raised in the northeast. She graduated with Honors in English from Wake Forest University. She was the primary arts feature writer for The Boston Sunday Globe New Hampshire Weekly for fourteen years. She was also Newsletter Editor for the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and the American Textile History Museum. Prior to her writing career, she was a college textbook sales representative for D.C. Heath, Random House and Harper & Row.

As a Eugene O’Neill Critic Fellow, Whitney covered the 1988 National Playwrights Conference. Honored to be selected as a two-time Salzburg Seminar Fellow, she attended “The Modern Novel” (1998) and “Biography as a Mirror on Society” (2006) Seminars. During 2004-2006, Whitney was selected for two six-month fellowships as a Research Fellow at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Department of Musical Instruments to complete background research for the Hutchins biography. Hutchins donated a Violin Octet to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1989.

In June, 2006, Whitney attended “Writing Past Lives: Biography as History,” a summer seminar sponsored by the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University, out of which emerged the Boston Biography Group, a networking and support group for New England biographers. In March, 2009, Whitney attended the founding meeting of BIO, Biographers International Organization, an international resource organization for biographers worldwide. The Boston Biographers Group hosted the first BIO Conference on May 15, 2010.