March 27, 1952 |
Anchorage, Alaska, US
|Alma mater||University of Alaska (B.A, Journalism, 1973) (MFA, 1985)|
|Genre||science fiction, mystery, suspense/thriller, historical adventure|
|Notable awards||Edgar Award, Nero Award|
Dana Stabenow (born March 27, 1952 in Anchorage, Alaska) is an American author of science fiction, mystery, suspense/thriller, and historical adventure novels.
Many of Stabenow's books are set in her home state of Alaska, where she was raised by her single mother who lived and worked on a fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. Stabenow received a BA in journalism from the University of Alaska in 1973 and, after deciding to try her hand as an author, later enrolled in UAA's MFA program.
Her first novel, Second Star was bought by Ace Science Fiction in 1990. It was followed by two other science fiction books. Her first Kate Shugak mystery, A Cold Day for Murder, won the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original in 1993. Her 2011 Kate Shugak mystery, Though Not Dead, received the 2012 Nero Award.
In 2007 Stabenow was named Alaska Artist of the Year in the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities.
In 2011, Stabenow wrote on her blog an informative article about her childhood reading experiences and how these influenced her to write detective novels.
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- Blindfold Game (2006)
- Prepared for Rage (2008)
Silk and Song trilogy
- Everything Under the Heavens (2014)
- By the Shores of the Middle Sea (2014)
- The Land Beyond (2015)
Star Svensdotter series
Stabenow had three books published in the "Star Svensdotter" science fiction series:
- Second Star (1991)
- A Handful of Stars (1991)
- Red Planet Run (1995)
Kate Shugak series
The first book in the mystery series, A Cold Day for Murder, won the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original in 1993. Characters of the series include Kate Shugak, Mutt, Jack, Jane, and Johnny Morgan, and "Chopper" Jim Chopin. The books of the Kate Shugak series feature numerous descriptions of Alaska's geography, geology, weather, and wildlife. The plots of many of the books in the Kate Shugak series involve one or more homicides. The plots of the books in the Kate Shugak series involve both indigenous and non-indigenous Alaskans.
Liam Campbell series
In 1998, she began a new mystery series featuring Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell. In addition to Liam Campbell, the books also feature bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard and restaurant owner Moses Alakuyak.
- The Mysterious North (2002)
- Powers of Detection (2004)
- Unusual Suspects (2008)
- At the Scene of the Crime (2008)
- "Author Stabenow's Kate Shugak may be headed for Television. Anchorage Daily New. April 18, 2010. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
- "How My Mother and Josephine Tey Led me into a Life of Crime". Dana Stabenow. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
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