Dorien Grey
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Started Jul 8, 2009

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About Me:
Im the author of the 13-book Dick Hardesty Mystery series, the 2-book Elliott Smith paranormal mysteries, and a Western romance/adventure novel, Calico. Four of the 10 books in the Dick Hardesty series have been finalists for a Lamba Literary award.

You can read the first chapter of any or all of my books on my website (

In addition to my website ( I have several blogs: "Dorien Grey and Me" at , AuthorsDen (, and among others.

My philosphy in writing is that it should be like a conversation with a friend, and I consider each of my readers as such. I'd be pleased to have you be one of them.

I also really enjoy hearing from readers, and you can reach me at any time through,

Nice to be here. Thanks for stopping by.

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Books And Authors I Like:
While one of my greatest frustrations is in not having nearly enough time to read, I'm very eclectic in my tastes: each book I read...if I like it enough to finish my favorite until the next book comes along.

But my very favorite book of all time is Robert Lewis Taylor's "Adrift in a Boneyard," now long out of print, but its style and sense of humor have, I hope, become part of my own writing.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Movies? Schindler's List; E.T., Sister Act; Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Empire of the Sun (do we see a Lucas/Spielberg trend here somewhere?). As with books, there are to many "favorites" to mention.

TV shows? Lost, Supernatural, much of the programming on the History Channel, some on TLC, and some on Discovery.

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Authors and Readers

I've always considered authors and readers to be two sides of the same coin and felt that a book should be a form of interaction between them. I sincerely hope when you read one of my books I make it clear that I am in fact talking to you. We may never have met, but I firmly believe that the fact that a reader has chosen to pick up and read a writer's work establishes a definite bond between…

Posted on May 31, 2007 at 5:28am

Ask! Tell!

Almost every writer I know works his/her tail off trying to court new readers (and to keep current readers interested and coming back for more). Most writers have websites, and I've always thought the fact that "web" is part of the word is, albeit unintentional, prophetic. While it may be an unflattering image, writers spin their websites with the sole intention of catching readers.

My webmaster and I are always trying to come up with new ways to have vistors come by, and as a…


Posted on May 8, 2007 at 11:38am

Carrots and Sticks and Time Travel

In order to lure prospective new readers to my A World Ago blog ( I'd like to post here one entry...a letter written my parents on May 16, 1955, while I was a very young Naval Aviation Cadet learning to fly. If you like it, and I of course hope you do, perhaps you can check out the other more than 200 letters in the blog.

16 May 1955



Posted on April 25, 2007 at 5:30pm

Note in a bottle

I've been a member of Crimespace around a week now, and I still haven't figured out how to get directly to the profiles/personal information of those of you who have been kind enough to invite me to your friends' list. Life is not easy for a cyber-Neanderthal.

So, since I'm still learning the ropes, I look on this blog entry somewhat like putting a note in a bottle and tossing it into the cybersea.

And like most notes in a bottle, it's a cry for attention. Like every…


Posted on April 4, 2007 at 8:37am

Blogs and Time

Blogs to the left of me, blogs to the right. Blogs here, blogs there. How many blogs can you read? Which ones do you read, and why? How do you find them?

I'm of course delighted that you're reading this one, and hope you'll come back. But just as you are overwhelmed by the choices you have, I'm a little overwhelmed by the fact that with no fewer than four blogs running (counting this one, and not counting my Navy letters blog, A World Ago, (…


Posted on March 26, 2007 at 11:56pm — 2 Comments

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At 6:48am on December 14, 2009, Dorien Grey said…
Dear Lord, where have I been for over a year??? All of a sudden Google refers me to this page and I find all these great posts, some of which I'd never seen before. If you left one of them, I do hope you don't think I was being intentionally rude by not having responded immediately. I appreciate them all, and will just have to do my best to come back here more often. Not always easy with only 24 hours in a day.
At 7:00am on February 10, 2009, Theresa de Valence said…
'Tis me.

The site:

DorothyL page:

Best of 2008 page:

Sometimes my head would fall off if I didn't keep it screwed on . . .
At 6:06am on February 10, 2009, Theresa de Valence said…
Hi Dorien,
As a matter of fact, I read one of your titles and enjoyed it immensely (put it on my Best Reads of 2007, as a matter of fact), but alas, I didn't also write a review. You can see this year's bests at:
Regards, Theresa
At 3:02am on May 5, 2008, Dorien Grey said…
I've always been blessed with great friends, and truly appreciate everyone who asks to be one. And I strongly believe in supporting my fellow writers.


At 2:58am on May 5, 2008, Brian L Porter said…
Hi Dorien,

Susan is a lovely ladty. I'm glad she's also on your friend list Her upcoming book is a real thriller too!

Best regards

At 6:13pm on January 18, 2008, AP Miller said…
Hello Dorien...wrong url was someone elses.
At 7:11am on January 11, 2008, Susan Whitfield said…
Hi, Dorien. Actually I let the husband stay inside (usually) and the geese on the pond. They poop too much! Thanks for the nice comments about my site. I built it myself, so Homestead makes it EXTREMELY user-friendly. I can change it every day if I want to. Best of LUCK to you.
At 12:53pm on November 20, 2007, Daniel Hatadi said…
Hello Dorien, I saw your message on the help page (I've been away for a few days), but it looks like Rick has given you the same answer I planned to. Let me know if you have any troubles.
At 1:19am on November 16, 2007, Rick R. Reed said…
Hi Dorien,
The slideshow of covers was done at Amazon Associates. It's called a widget and it's very easy to do (and they give you the HTML code to paste here). Thanks for the welcome!
At 2:01am on July 27, 2007, JackBludis said…
Great use of Crimespace, Dorien.

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