About Dana

For those needing personal information for an event, please feel free to copy-and-paste how much or how little you need from the biographies below to fill that ad or flyer.

For a photo for that flyer, click here to download it from my Flickr page.

photo by Chris Arend

Agents, please contact:

Baror International, Inc.
New York, NY

Signed books:

If you would like a signed copy of a book, please call the Homer Bookstore at (907) 235-7496. Give them your credit card number and they will call me to come down and sign the book. They ship.

Questions, comments

If you have questions or comments for me personally, please post to a page here on stabenow.com. Or join the Danamaniacs on Facebook, and yes, I really do check in there often.

Short Bio:

I was raised on a fish tender in southcentral Alaska, and I knew there had to be a warmer, drier job out there somewhere.

Looooooong Bio:

I was born in Anchorage, Alaska on March 27, 1952, and raised on a 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. When I wasn’t seasick I wrote stories about NORMAL children who lived on SHORE, and made my mother read them.

In 1964, the Great Alaskan Earthquake occurred during my twelfth birthday party. In 1969 I graduated from high school, and put myself through college working as an egg grader, bookkeeper and expediter for Whitney-Fidalgo Seafoods in Anchorage.

I received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Alaska in 1973. After graduation I spent one more summer knee-deep in humpies and blew everything I earned on a four-month backpacking trip to Europe where I discovered English pubs, German beer and Irish men.

Fortuitously, upon my impoverished return home (I think I had something like twenty bucks and change in my pocket when I stepped off the plane) construction began again on the TransAlaska Pipeline, and answering to the call of the cash I worked for Alyeska Pipeline at Galbraith Lake and later for British Petroleum for six years at Prudhoe Bay. I made an obscene amount of money and went to Hawaii a lot.

In 1982 I turned 30. Was this what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, work on the Slope and party in Hawaii? Well…but no. I left the Slope for the last time on August 17, 1982 and enrolled in UAA’s MFA program, from which I graduated in 1985. My goal was to sell a book before I went broke and I just barely made it: Second Star was published by Ace Science Fiction in 1991. The first Kate Shugak novel, A Cold Day for Murder, was published in 1992 and won an Edgar award in 1993.

There are now three Star Svensdotter novels, four Liam Campbell novels, twenty-one Kate Shugak novels, two thrillers set on USCG cutters, a short story collection, a collection of the Alaska Traveler columns I wrote for Alaska magazine, and Silk and Song, a novel about Marco Polo’s grand-daughter traveling the Silk Road west between 1322-1327. Next up is a novel featuring Cleopatra’s fixer, the Eye of Isis, and following that the 22nd Kate Shugak novel.


1993 Edgar Award for A Cold Day for Murder
1999 Best Female Sleuth Series, Romantic Times
2001 Woman of Achievement, YWCA Alaska
2003 Woman of Distinction, Anchorage Soroptimists
2004 CLIA, Alaska Center for the Book
2007 Woman of Distinction, South Peninsula Haven House
2007 Meeting Champion (with Dee Ford), Alaska Convention and Visitors Bureau
2007 Governor’s Awards for the Arts & Humanities, Individual Artist
2010 Alumni Award of Distinction, UAA Alumni Association
2012 Nero Award for Though Not Dead, The Nero Wolfe Society
2017 Artist of the Year, Homer Council on the Arts

Below please find a little video I had made the year Whisper to the Blood came out.

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