I was born in Anchorage and raised on a 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. I celebrated her 1973 graduation from the University of Alaska Fairbanks backpacking for four months across Europe, where I discovered English pubs, German beer and Irish men. Home again, I went to work for British Petroleum at Prudhoe Bay, made an obscene amount of money and went to Hawaii a lot. In 1982 in act of sheer insanity I quit to get an MFA from the University of Alaska Anchorage and write novels. My first science fiction novel, Second Star (1991) sank without a trace, my first crime fiction novel, A Cold Day for Murder (1993) won an Edgar award, my first thriller, Blindfold Game (2006) hit the NYT bestseller list, and my twenty-fifth novel and sixteenth Kate Shugak novel, Whisper to the Blood, comes out in February 2009.
We leave in 2 weeks for the trip of a lifetime, hopefully using so much of what we learned from Dana's books to guide us. Mutt is our hero, followed closely by Kate. Thanks, Dana, for so much fun and so many smiles! The Geeseys, Sebastian, FL