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 (of a King), 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 seek Him daily, have failed Him in the past, and yet He remains.

My birth stone is a coffee bean.

Flowers after the rain

As the summer rolls along (happy first day of summer, btw!), I’m one birthday older and what I hope is much wiser. After the loss of my mom and after the pandemic (is it really even over?), things had to change, of course, but never to the degree I imagined they would for me and for just about every member of my family. Through loss, failures, apathy, problems, dark tunnels, vast oceans of grief over losing a loved one or a business, only one remained who was steadfast. In fact, He was the one who protected us during the storms and even offered grace (He does that… it’s sort of His thing). When jobs or people were removed, when babies got sick or employment dwindled, God showed up and showed off and made clear the path when the pathway lights were dim. And when we went through our first Christmas without our beautiful matriarch, God decided to bless us three times over before next Christmas in the form of three new grandbabies on the way! God is steadfast; we are the ones who falter. However, in all of our trials, I never gave up and, in fact, my faith increased even more. Each time something happened, God did His thing, He showed off and showed up, and He has made me want to follow Him, not just believe in Him. Thank you for your TONS of support during all of this, still reaching out with your writing projects and making me smile. God bless you, and enjoy your summer! ~Dana

"When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy."
James 1:2
Dana Martin Blog

The Obituary Writer

So, here’s something I don’t market about myself: I write obituaries. I don’t talk about it, because I don’t like writing them. The sensitivity required to write a story worthy of a family’s loved one is daunting, draining, exhausting, sad, emotional, and I cry a lot, even when I...

Autumn is drawing near

I had another of my recurring dreams last night about Halloween and haunted houses, so I woke up and prayed for the participants in my dream (though they have no idea they were actually IN my dream nor for whom I’m praying), and I’m smiling. God often shares with...

Resumes and writing projects

First, sorry for the weird glitch in my website last week; evidently it was a plugin issue, but we are back up and running now! If you need a resume or editing, please click the contact button above to send me an email description of your project. I’ll get...

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