Detailed view for the Author: Dana Cameron

Full Name:
Dana Cameron
Place of Residence:
Massachusetts, USA
New England, USA
Birth date:


Author Biography: From Ms. Cameron's website:

I was born and raised in New England and I live in Massachusetts now, with my husband and benevolent feline overlords. Mine is a quiet, fairly ordinary life. I love that because it's what saves me from an overdeveloped sense of paranoia and a tendency to expect the worst. Or the weird. Combined with an eye for detail and a quirky take on life, these traits give me a vivid internal life, one that's sometimes nerve-wracking, but very useful for writing all kinds of fiction.

My interest in archaeology stems from childhood, where my interest in books and the opportunities I had to travel made me begin to think about cultural differences. The thing I like best about this work is that it is a real opportunity to try and resurrect individuals from the monolith of history. I've worked on prehistoric and historical sites in the U.S. and in Europe, and like to teach, in the field, in museums, in the classroom, and through writing.

In my first book, Site Unseen, my protagonist Emma Fielding discovers that archaeologists are trained to ask the same questions that detectives ask: who, what, where, when, how, and why. When I started on these books, I realized that archaeology is also good training for writing because research, logic, and persistence are so important to both endeavors. In the book I'm working on now, Zoe is also an archaeologist (with a secret!); archaeology is a great way to explore the world of the Fangborn. In archaeology we try to piece together the past; in writing, we try to piece together a world.

My training worked with the archaeology mysteries--and it also helped with the Anna Hoyt "colonial noir" stories set in 18th-century Boston. But how has it worked when I've tackled subjects like werewolves ("The Night Things Changed," "Swing Shift," and "Love Knot"), noir ("Femme Sole," "Disarming," and "Ardent"), and covert ops ("One Soul at a Time")? Easy: it's all about getting into someone else's shoes and walking around for a while. Preferably getting into (fictional) trouble while you do it. Asking "what if?" and thinking about how a culture--any culture--along with personality, shapes behavior.

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