L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: The Margaret Herrick Library (Beverly Hills, CA)

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: The Margaret Herrick Library (Beverly Hills, CA)

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: The Margaret Herrick Library (Beverly Hills, CA) by Dakota Donovan A substantial portion of Chapters 6 and 7 of my novel L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery takes place at the Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills — a beautiful facility and heaven on earth for most researchers. The rules are strict […]

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Griffith Observatory

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Griffith Observatory

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Griffith Observatory by Dakota Donovan In my novel, L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery, a pivotal scene takes place at night outside the Griffith Observatory. Many people remember the Los Angeles location from REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, the 1955 film starring James Dean. A bronze head of James Dean is now a […]

Ghostwriter Tales: What is a ghostwriter?

Ghostwriter Tales: What is a ghostwriter?

GHOSTWRITER TALES: What is a ghostwriter? by Dakota Donovan In my novel L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery, I differentiate between the “author” (the client who hires me) and the writer (me, as ghostwriter).  A passage from Chapter 1 of the novel describes this complex author/writer relationship: My initial encounter with an author is a […]

It’s here! Just in time for summer reading: L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery

It’s here! Just in time for summer reading: L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery

I”m excited to announce the release of my novel L.A. SLEEPERS, the first book in my Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery Series. L.A. SLEEPERS takes readers into some of Southern California’s most exclusive areas — Brentwood, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Malibu, and points in between — as this writing gig brings me close up and personal with dark […]

L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery (Chapter One)

L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery (Chapter One)

L.A. SLEEPERS Chapter One When my cell phone rings, I’m soaking in the bathtub, puffing on an electronic cigarette, and rereading The Big Sleep. The last thing I want to do is answer an unexpected call. I’m behind on my rent, overdue on my credit card payments, still owe my dentist for a root canal, and […]

L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery

L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery

When elderly Hollywood producer Milton Kingman says he’s dying and needs someone to write his memoir, Dakota Donovan takes the job. The pay is lousy and the hours are worse, but the ghostwriter has no other options at the moment. What starts out as a standard “as told to” assignment soon becomes a long, strange […]