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.

It's always spooky season

I told you the Halloween selfies would return. Last week was Dr. Seuss week, and I was asked to read one of my books to a class of 6th graders at Veteran’s Elementary School in Bakersfield. I read them a NEW book (they have the coolest teacher) that has not been published yet, and they are going to illustrate it as part of their creative learning. I read them a story that only my mom has heard called, “When Dogs Go Trick-or-Treating.” They loved it, and I was able to work out some kinks I heard as I was reading aloud. That book should be available on Amazon, along with the others, by September 2021. In the meantime, please keep sending me your resume requests; I am loving getting to know so many of you and helping you get the next big job! xo

"The more you trust God, the more He amazes you."
Dana Martin Blog

Pink roses & memories

Yes, the Halloween selfies will return soon — maybe sooner even than I think, as I ponder how many orange tops I have that are too warm for me to wear in October. Octobers in California are HOT… so why do I keep buying so many cute Halloween hoodies?...

Life’s unexpected twists

He was uncommonly happy; he brought laughter and light where he went; he loved with his whole heart; he didn’t judge. It’s been two weeks since he passed, and as I sit here looking at this, one of our many photos together, I still can’t believe he’s gone. It...

A new baby!

Our parents TRY to tell us how great grandparenting is–but it’s like trying to explain what Heaven is like, you just can’t. Nobody prepares you for another chance to hold your own babies again, the feeling of traveling back in time and getting a do-over (but a far more...

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