Hi. My name is Dana Haynes. I used to be a novelist, a very long time ago and, come 2010, I will be again.
Back in the day — and I’m talking the late 1980s, early 1990s, I had three mystery novels published under the name Conrad Haynes. They were published by Bantam Books in the U.S. and by Severn House in England.
Then I hit a dry spell. Calling the last 20 years “dry” is like calling the Pacific Ocean “wet.”
But I got through it. I kept writing. And St. Martin’s Press is going to publish two of my novels in 2010.
Which explains this blog.
Yes, I am a novelist. But perhaps more importantly, I’ve been a failed novelist. I’ve had more than my share of rejection slips. So I thought, maybe, I could share some of that experience with other would-be novelists. I’ve invented so many wheels, maybe what I went through can help other writers.
So I’m blogging. I can’t help myself.
Seriously. Who doesn’t have a blog? Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran has a blog, for Pete’s sake. Al-Qaeda has a bloody blog. I may be the last man standing not to blog, so, you know, what the hell.
See you around.


About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on February 7, 2009, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Im searching for sites related to this. Glad I found you. Thanks

  2. Hi,
    I took your class at PCC several years ago and enjoyed it immensely. Now, I’m workshop/conference committee chair for Oregon Writers Colony and we’d love to have you present a workshop for us. Would you consider such a gig?
    We can pay an honorarium, not a huge one, but maybe sweeten the deal with a few days at Colonyhouse at Rockaway Beach. You can check us, and the house, out at http://www.oregonwriterscolony.org.
    Let me know what you think. And thanks.
    Regards, Martha Miller

  3. Eileen Hartman

    Loved the Harry Bishop books. I’m looking forward to the book that is coming out in 2010, even if it isn’t about Harry.
    I live in Calgary,Alberta, but I’m originally from Salem, Oregon.


  4. Hilary From The Library

    I’m still recommending your books – ! Just wonderful. I loan out my own copies now. Some weird fate just went amiss or you’d be on the top of the mystery/literary book heap.. it’s not fair…

    “I laughed, I cried – you can’t get there on Macadam…”


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