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.

Spooky season

If I had a penny for every time this year that I had cause to be proud of one of my former actors, I’d be rich. Whether it is Michelle getting her degree and getting her “big girl” job, or Ethan becoming a Shafter PD and buying his own home; Emily losing a ton of weight, becoming a step-mama and getting married!… or Morgan, who has started a small business knitting the ADORABLE beanie I’m wearing in this photo, I can’t seem to quit hearing all the success stories this year about so many incredible millennials! And I call them that, because typically that generation gets a bad rap. I also have to admit that I saw it coming with each of those kids — their dedication to haunt acting was unparalleled. They were the cream of the crop. So many others were, too, and I look forward to hearing their success stories in the years to come! Happy Spooky Season, my friends. And yes, I’m still doing resumes for the time being… so keep those orders coming! xo

"The only one qualified to throw a stone didn't."
-Author unknown
Dana Martin Blog

Spooky Season

I know it isn’t for everyone, and I KNOW that I’m getting into Halloween earlier than most people, but maybe it’s Covid or maybe it’s just inherently in ME, but I have gone crazy this year buying new decorations, starting a new Instagram account dedicated exclusively to my love...

A Halloween break

Most people know I love Halloween and know I have attended haunted house conventions for years with other like-minded haunted house people. After all these years, the most lasting memory is always the friendships I’ve made. Now, with this new weird, global pandemic, the Halloween industry, while mostly unaffected...

Another perspective

Another perspective. There’s so much good going around. I learned today that my mom’s hairdresser—with no fanfare, no Facebook post, and before any quarantine dictate—told my mother that her weekly hair appointment would now be at my mom’s own house until further notice. 😭 She’s going to LEAVE her...

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