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.

Extended December

Anyone who knows me well knows I can’t stand NYE, or, to be honest, the entire month of January. The whole “starting over” thing is a bit overrated for me; I’d rather hit the ground running without yammering on about regrets, changes or new diets. I love the holidays, but I don’t count New Year’s (eve, day) as part of that. This Christmas was beautiful, though, and full of good humor, plenty of wine, and laughter with friends and family. I cooked a LOT, threw several parties, and played Christmas music until SiriusXM turned it off. I’m back to work at Schoolhouse Escapes and setting up travel to Tucson to further train our newest affiliates, but I will still squeeze in an occasional resume when time allows. I just released my newest book, too — and, despite coming down to the wire, I was able to surprise my entire family this Christmas with the tale dedicated to their late grandpa, Papa John. I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Be well this New Year and understand with absolute certainty that there are no refunds. ~d.

"The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful."
-Let it Snow
Dana Martin Blog

Please have snow and mistletoe….

One of my FAVORITE Christmas songs is by Michael Bublé, his version of “It’s Beginning to Look at Lot Like Christmas.” Several years ago, I worked at a Christmas event, and that song kicked us off every night. Something about the way it begins… it’s magical. SO many of...

A toast to a new book!

I took this photo in my office when I learned that my second Christmas book will be available on Amazon before Thanksgiving! This is my celebratory toast to my illustrators, who are solely responsible for making me look good in the books my company has been producing since this...

On the eve of October

Twas the night before October, and all through the house, All the creatures were stirring, except for my spouse. He was golfing! Big shock! He was gone all the time, But his absence, you’ll see, is clearly no crime! When he leaves for long hours, the elves have a...

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