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© Dana King 2015
Author web sites are pretty much required to have a page of biographical information, if only for the insomniacs who found the site by mistake and wonder, “Who the hell is this guy?” For most authors, this is a breeze. Operating under the premise, “He’s a writer, what people really want to know is what he’s written,” the bio walks the reader through the highlights of the author’s literary career. That won’t take me long: Dana King’s novel, Grind Joint, was published by Stark House Press in November of 2013. A self-published e-book, A Small Sacrifice, was nominated for a Shamus Award by the Private Eye Writers of America as the Best Indie PI Story of 2013. A short story, “Green Gables,” was published in the anthology Blood, Guts, and Whiskey. That’s it. See ya. I hear the questions. (As a writer of fiction, I often hear voices in my head. It’s all right. I’m a trained professional.) “Surely, there’s more than that.” (No, there isn’t. And stop calling me Shirley.) “He’s just being humble.” (He has much to be humble about.) “He must have done more than this. Why else would he mess with a web site?” True, I have self-published other books, but detailed information—including free excerpts—on those can be found elsewhere on the site. I will point out the fact that these novels have sold well into the scores, and all have Amazon ratings of at least 4.4. So, there. Short stories? In their entirety, here. Articles and blog posts? Over here, and my own blog, One Bite at a Time, can be found here. “That’s all there is to know about him? Is he in Witness Protection, or what?” Even if I were in Witness Protection, you think I’d tell you? I can’t even see you from here. Okay, you wore me down. You want answers? You want scoop? You want dirt? Fine. Here are the TOP TEN THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT DANA KING 1.  Born and raised near Pittsburgh. The hospital no longer delivers babies; my first home burned down and has not been rebuilt. 2.  Came of age during the 70s, when the local economy collapsed faster than a house of cards in a hurricane. 3.  Played trumpet in every ensemble Burrell High School had. Led to several awkward moments in Girls’ Chorus. 4.  High school marching band performed at the first game ever played at Three Rivers Stadium. (Stadium has since been imploded and hauled away.) 5.  BS in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. (Formerly known as the “Indiana Normal School,” but not once I got there.) 6.  Served three-and-a-half years in the U.S. Army as a Special Bandsman at Fort MacPherson GA. (That may not sound like much, but it was during the Cold War and, while I was stationed in Atlanta, not a single Soviet military musical unit got as far as Savannah. I’m damn proud of that.) 7.  MM in Trumpet Performance from New England Conservatory. (The 25 years have elapsed, so I’m now allowed to mention where I got my degree.) 8.  Free-lance musician. (Too much emphasis on “free” led to career change.) 9.  Has more ex-wives than children. (No additional comment required.) 10. Lives at Castle Schadenfreude with The Beloved Spouse. You want to know more than that, you need to buy me a drink. Oh yeah. I do not  like to be disturbed while working.
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