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.

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 my happiest memories happened during Christmas (even though part of my heart will always belong to Halloween): The white chocolate peppermint mochas from Starbucks, warm beanies, furry mittens, cold noses, and, of course, decorating, baking, and listening to Christmas music non-stop. Today, I visited my former elementary school and shared my love of writing AND my new Christmas book with happy, excited students getting ready for a writing/illustrating contest! Oh, what fun! (Hmm… that sounds like it could be a title to another Christmas book!). Speaking of new Christmas books, please click the link below to visit Amazon and get a glimpse of my newest book, “Where does Santa go after Christmas?” and then be on the lookout for a very special edition (of that same title) I wrote for my beloved hometown (coming soon!). I LOVE this time of year so much. It makes me fall in love over and over again every December.

"I'll be 'home' for Christmas, if only in my dreams."
-Michael Bublé
Dana Martin Blog

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...

Facebook’s memory lane

Facebook has this feature to remind you of what you were doing “on this day” in the past. In the same way the news media scours for dirt, Facebook will mine your social history to show you your past, exposing some posts you wish would disappear, like my dorky...

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