Dana King
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Who has experience with KDP?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Seitz Oct 8, 2013.

Too Busy?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dana King Jul 16, 2010.

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Laurel MD
About Me:
Reader and writer of realistic, often gritty crime fiction. PI, procedural, the sub-genre doesn't matter. The books I like and write would not be big-budget blockbuster movies. Minimal special effects and explosions. Good dialog, credible characters, and tight writing. Humor helps, even ion more serious works.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Raymond Chandler, Ed McBain, Elmore Leonard are the first tier. Ray Banks, Ken Bruen, Declan Burke, James Lee Burke, Robert Crais, James Crumley, James Ellroy, Leighton Gage, Jack Getze, Allan Guthrie, Tim Hallinan, Carl Hiaasen, George V. Higgins, Declan Hughes, Dennis Lehane, Jon Loomis, John McFetridge, Adrian McKinty, Stuart Neville, Tim O'Mara, Robert B. Parker, George Pelecanos, Scott Phillips, Richard Price, Charlie Stella, Joseph Wambaugh, Donald Westlake

Too many books to mention.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
The Wire; Deadwood; The Sopranos; The Shield; Godfathers I and II; Goodfellas; Casino; The Usual Suspects, The French Connection, Confidence, LA Confidential, Sunset Boulevard; Double Indemnity; Body Heat; Monty Python and the Holy Grail; Animal House; Blazing Saddles. (Not everything is a mystery.)

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Writing as a Career

The recurring topic of making a living as a writer has bubbled up in several locations over the past couple of weeks, prompting occasionally heated discussions in social media. Not that anyone cares what I think—nor am I saying you should care; this might all be a waste of valuable time you could have spent watching the Reince Preibus viral porn video—but a thought came to mind, and what are blogs for except as places for writers to vomit up thoughts?
The gist of these…

Posted on August 2, 2014 at 2:50am — 2 Comments

Free Kindle Books Through June 29

Starting today, all of my Kindle e-books will be free on Amazon through Sunday, June 29. Included are:


A Small Sacrifice. Nominated for a Shamus Award for Best Indie PI Novel, it’s the story of Chicago investigator Nick Forte, who is asked to clear the name of a man who has been…


Posted on June 26, 2014 at 5:54am

Sleeping With Veronica Lake

Authors continuing series created by others is the rage right now. Among the first was Max Allan Collins, finishing up Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer series. (This is a bit of a special case, as Collins had worked hand-in-glove with Spillane for years, and was asked to complete the unfinished Hammer novels by The Mick himself.) Ace Atkins is continuing Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series at the behest of the Parker estate. More recently, Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe has been resurrected…


Posted on April 1, 2014 at 6:34am

Misogynistic, or Picky?

Egomaniac that I am, I publish an annual list of what I thought were the best books I read each year, as if anyone else gives a shit. In 2012 the list contained no female authors. This was a genuine surprise to me when pointed out—I honest to God hadn’t noticed—but it got me to thinking. Since then I have made a conscious…


Posted on March 24, 2014 at 10:42pm

Win a Book! (Well, someone will)

I'm giving away a free copy of Grind Joint to a random commenter over at my blog,One Bite at a Time. (The comments shouldn't be random; that's just how the winner will be chosen.)

Contest is open through midnight, Sunday March 16.

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 4:42am

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At 10:49pm on August 11, 2011, carole gill said…

hey there! are you on Facebook?


sorry i never saw your comment you made in April!


take care, i can't find you on FB.

At 8:29pm on August 10, 2011, carole gill said…

OMG! i just saw your comment on an april post!

i don't come here too often!

how are you Dana? are you on Facebook

geesh! so good to hear from you!



At 9:21am on July 7, 2011, JackBludis said…


For some reason, I can't reply to your generous critique if my book "Shadow of

the Dahlia." I hit send, I hit send and nothing happens.


I am very pleased that you liked the book, the character, the aura. I will forward

the critique to Allen Guthrie, and with your permission I would like to post it as BSP on one of my lists. For that, though, I ask your permission.


Jack Bludis

At 4:00pm on July 6, 2011, Noir Nation said…

Hi Dana,  the discussion on the forum about social commentary in crime fiction has gotten quite a lot of responses.  This has inspired us at Noir Nation to add a new section to the first issue of Noir Nation wherein writers opine on the following question: Must crime noir have a moral point?  The word limit is 300 to 500 words. Include short bio, and photo. There is a $25 honoraria, payable on publication. Best five get published in Issue No. 1. Send to eddie@evegaonline.com


-- Eddie Vega, Noir Nation editor in chief

At 8:21am on May 12, 2011, Karen Tyrrell said…

Hi Dana, Fabulous to connect with you. Wish you well with your blog and writing ventures. Thanks again for your expertise on writing synopses :))

At 1:28am on January 15, 2011, Bernard J. Schaffer said…
That's  a GREAT story, and no, I hadn't heard it.  The old Homicide station (from the TV show) is down by the harbor, and for a long time they had people going there trying to report actual crimes.  The City had to put a plaque on it saying "THIS IS NOT A POLICE STATION" or something to keep people from bleeding out on the steps waiting for the cops to come out.   
At 1:38pm on January 13, 2011, Bernard J. Schaffer said…
Dana:  I looked through your blog and your info here and see that you are a fellow fan of The Wire.  I am right there with you.  I actually spent a week in Baltimore Homicide in 2001 with a detective named Dennis Raftery, when HBO was just starting to scout the series.  Very interesting stuff going on down there. 
At 12:12pm on June 9, 2010, Joyce Ann Fugit said…
Well, now this is the only way I can respond. Yes, the poll tax was abolished with the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But, you also had to own property to vote, as many illegals do not--but they tend to vote anyway. You must not be familiar with places like the Texas Valley. Yes, it was a Jim Crow practice--against legal citizens of this country. I spoke out against illegals voting. The First Amendment became law in1791, which gave us the right to speak freely. I was unaware we all had to agree on the Crimespace site and wonder how you learn if you just feed the same thoughts back and forth to one another. Thanks for the free personality analysis. It is always helpful when someone gives you an honest assessment of your behavior, as they rarely do, and all but tells you that you are not welcome. A hurt animal, etc.. . .hmm. . .you will have to dig a little deeper for some really alarming and shocking potty-mouth phrases; because, you may recall I am married to a sailor and have heard them all.
At 1:43am on February 3, 2010, Victor Gischler said…
Awesome. Thanks for taking a chance!
At 6:11am on January 11, 2010, Johnny Russell said…
Re: "What should the courts do?" Thank you for taking the time to respond and I truly appreciate your most informative response.

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