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.

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 me through dreams the people for whom I am supposed to be praying. Although most people don’t consider it such, September is, to me, the beginning of Halloween season and all the fun of fall (even if we are still suffering 100 degree temps). This mug I’m holding was a MUST-HAVE for the 2021 season, as it represents one of the last scenes I helped create on our hayride and the song that scared our guests in the corn that year (tip o’ the hat to my son Jarret for the idea for that scary scene!). But if Halloween isn’t your thing (what’s wrong with you?), I’m still doing resumes and editing your novels, so please click the contact button on this site and send me a note about your project. Life is short: Change jobs, write that novel, call your mom, go to a haunted house. There are no refunds! xo

"I'm tellin' you, from where I sit you're one of a kind."
-Griffin House
Dana Martin Blog

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...

Spooky season is forevermore

Less than a year ago, I started an Instagram blog entitled Halloween Granny, which I meant almost solely to facilitate the collection of Halloween photos I’d taken over the years, since I was getting the impression that my regular account followers may not appreciate daily reminders of a singular...

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...

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