Welcome to my website! I’m a recovering TV writer who spent 8 years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for the CBS drama Cold Case. People were always surprised to learn what I did for a living. Probably because I seemed way too happy to be brainstorming ways to murder people every week. But to me, Hollywood is a place where it’s better to laugh than to cry. And so I wanted to write a book that combined my love of mystery with the absurdity that can be show business. HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE—the first in the Detective by Day series of amateur detective novels with the same broad appeal of the Stephanie Plum and Spellman Files books—will be published by Midnight Ink in 2017.
Just imagine if someone like Nicole Richie becomes so broke that she resorts to crime solving to get the reward money to help save her parents’ home and you have the premise for my book.
HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE (formerly called IOU and PAY DAY) was selected for Brenda Drake’s Pitch Wars contest, which led to my being repped by Michelle Richter at Fuse Literary. You can read an interview about my Pitch Wars experience by clicking here.
I also blog with a group of super-talented, super-funny mystery writers so please visit us every Monday and Friday at Chicks on the Case.
You can find out more about Dayna (and me) by visiting the links in the above menu.