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It eventually became time for fun and games as a sport's writer to end and more serious writing to begin--like military adventures, short stories, and life itself. Some fiction, some non-fiction.

Background Information

Ernest Hemingway was his first influence, but then came the late John Gardner, whose idea was to become a writer, you should desire to change the world. When Dan's first two books were published and he could hold them in his hands, it instilled even more desire to continue on his quest to be an author. Then when his first military adventure, A Need to Know, won first place in published fiction from the Florida Writers Association, his desire continued to grow. He read William Zinsser's book On Writing Well and he began to pursue nonfiction writing with The Medjugorje Encounter. Other writers encouraged him to continue with reviews of his books, so now Dan continues on down the road to writing.

Birth Place
Elyria, OH USA

Dan spent his best years as a sports editor/columnist at The Beacon-News in Aurora, Illinois (1979-1990), and at The Journal-Gazette in Fort Wayne Indiana (1976-79). In Fort Wayne, he covered Big Ten football and basketball, Notre Dame football and basketball, and was assigned to the Fighting Irish basketball team that made it to the
Final Four in 1978. He also covered Notre Dame's national championship football team in 1977.

At Aurora, he wrote about almost every sport going, including the 1983 American League West champion Chicago White Sox, the 1984 National League East champion Chicago Cubs, and watched the Chicago Bears developed into a
powerful Super Bowl XX championship team. He was named "Boxing Writer of the Year" for the state of Illinois in 1982-83, and won several other sportswriting awards. His heart, however, always remained targeted on the idea of becoming a published author. Which he has achieved and still hungers to achieve. After he received the award for A Need to Know, The Medjugorje Encounter received first runnerup from the FWA and three of his short stories from We Never Said Goodbye (and other stories) were finalists in the New Century short story contest in 2002.

Additional Information

In the first three weeks of Dan's newest release, . . . But Deliver Us from Evil, Father Duffy and the Men of Bataan, indications surfaced at his successful kickoff book signings that this, indeed, could be his most successful book of all.

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