Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage, Alaska on March 27, 1952, and raised on a 75-foot
fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska.
She graduated from Seldovia High School in 1969 and put herself through college working as an egg grader, bookkeeper and expediter for Whitney-Fidalgo Seafoods in Anchorage.
She received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Alaska in 1973 and later enrolled in UAAs MFA program, from which I graduated in 1985. Her first novel, Second Star was bought by Ace Science Fiction in 1990. Her first novel of the Kate Shugak mystery series, A Cold Day for Murder, won the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original in 1993.
This biography was last updated on 07/03/2011.
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A Q&A with Dana Stabenow
Why did you take a break from your series to write a thriller, and how
does it feel to return to the Kate Shugak series?
To see if I could, to flex muscles between my ears that I didnt even know were there. And because for research I got to go on patrol in the Bering Sea with the US Coast Guard. And after creating an entirely new world, its fun to go back and revisit the old one. Whats Kate getting up to now? What? What!
Can you discuss some of Kate's internal and external pressures/challenges in her community?
Shes being pushed to take a public place in the community, and she is an intensely private person. Shes not a person used to compromise, and compromise is what public governance is all about. Its going to be interesting to see if she can succeed.
Are you anything like Kate? In what way?
She is an intensely private person. Im like her in that. Otherwise, my moms friend Darlene says that Kate is me and my best friend Kathy smooshed together into one person. Thats about as close as anyones ever come to plucking out the heart of Kates mystery.
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