I am Dana, a writer, editor

and small business owner living in the thriving metropolis of Bakersfield, California.

Dana Martin Writing

A Little About Me…

I am best characterized as a ringmaster of many circuses, but I’ve actually made money as a freelance writer for various magazines, as a nine-time contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, and working with haunted attractions across the United States. I was the president of Writers of Kern for five years and the editor of the nation’s first citizen journalism magazine, The Northwest Voice. When I earned my degree in English, someone said, “Wow, you just wasted four years of college on a degree you can never use.” My response was, “It took me nine years, thank you.” I am a mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. I wear cowboy boots a lot because they’re my favorite, I mind my own business, and I am a follower of Jesus. I fail Him daily, but He is pretty cool with that–I mean, I’m working on it, but He’s cool while I work on it.

My birth stone is a coffee bean.

Ahh, September!

My interviews are finished, and I cannot BELIEVE how many highly qualified, beautiful, educated, faithful, amazing women applied for a job with me! They each said they’d heard wonderful things about SHE and wanted to be a part of it. THAT IS GOD! I am so grateful to Him for this amazing new journey He established for me, mending my broken heart and showing that He has a reason for every closed door, without which I would not have this new business or the children’s books I’m writing. The Tucson team is prepping for their debut, so we will be flying to Arizona soon to help them train to be outstanding Schoolhouse Escapes affiliates! Halloween season is approaching, which means my friends and I will pick a location soon for our annual fall “girls trip” to see different Halloween attractions. I love Halloween, have I mentioned that? 🙂 I cannot wait to share my next book, which is currently with the illustrator. “The Halloween Granny” should be available sometime in October. Take your vitamins (it’s debilitating to get low), get out of town, call your loved ones, forgive freely, and above all… be kind to yourself. You’re doing the best you can. There are no refunds.

"Every star, every scar, every mark upon my heart up and fades away..."
- David Nail
Dana Martin Blog

Life must… be… fun

A friend who visits this site regularly said that I post only photos of myself that are posed or “perfect”… never candid, goofy or, in his words, showing my authentic self. Hmm. Challenge accepted. I do have a goofy side but very few see it or appreciate it, so...

Summer comes to an end…

My daughter took this picture of me early one morning on a California beach–straight out of bed, coffee in hand and at peace. Peaceful moments don’t always last, so I grab them when I can and am grateful she captured one. It’s been a busy summer full of birthdays,...

Back in the Summer of ’69, Part 2

So, just a short four weeks after my 50th celebration, we showered Christine with her own 50th birthday party… in Puerto Vallarta! All girls, no drama, a yacht, a mansion, beach service, expensive wine, and dinner views so breathtaking (*see photo above) that you forget the humidity and ignore...

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