Coming Soon! DOUBLE IDENTITIES, a Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery by Dakota Donovan

Coming Soon! DOUBLE IDENTITIES, a Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery by Dakota Donovan

Coming this fall — DOUBLE IDENTITIES, the second novel in Dakota Donovan’s Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery Series. ABOUT THE NOVEL: When Terry Grayson, showrunner for a popular sitcom, starts getting death threats, he’s sure the danger is coming from someone on staff. Grayson hires Dakota Donovan to go undercover in the writers’ room and smoke out […]

Free Kindle Version of L.A. SLEEPERS from 11/9-11/13/16

Free Kindle Version of L.A. SLEEPERS from 11/9-11/13/16

L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery is available FREE via Kindle download from Wednesday, 11/9 through Sunday, 11/13/16. Get your FREE Kindle version at Amazon.com.

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Beverly Hilton Hotel

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Beverly Hilton Hotel

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Beverly Hilton Hotel by Dakota Donovan Designed by architect Welton Becket — who also counts the iconic circular Capitol Records Building among his creations — the Beverly Hilton Hotel opened in 1953 and has enjoyed renovations over the decades, while retaining its midcentury charm. The location is a good place to spot […]

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Bel Air

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Bel Air

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Bel Air by Dakota Donovan In my novel, L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery, I travel to an  upscale enclave of Los Angeles known as Bel Air — the most affluent neighborhood in the city, located about twelve miles west of downtown. The community was founded in 1923 by Alphonzo Bell (hence, […]

L.A. SLEEPERS Excerpt: Cab or UBER?

L.A. SLEEPERS Excerpt: Cab or UBER?

L.A. SLEEPERS Excerpts: Cab or Uber? by Dakota Donovan In my novel L.A. SLEEPERS: A Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery, I love to take cabs— because I hate driving in L.A. traffic, especially in my old Toyota, where I risk heatstroke thanks to the vehicle’s broken A/C.   I wrote L.A. SLEEPERS in 2014, before UBER gained […]

Ghostwriter Tales: Catch-92

Ghostwriter Tales: Catch-92

GHOSTWRITER TALES: Catch-92 (or capture those memories while you still remember what you want to write about) by Dakota Donovan I was one of those kids who preferred eavesdropping on adults  over playing outside. While listening to my elders talking about their lives, I heard many say, “I could write a book,” meaning they had […]

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Mulholland Drive

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Mulholland Drive

L.A. SLEEPERS Locations: Mulholland Drive by Dakota Donovan The above photo gives a feeling of what it’s like to drive on L.A.’s Mulholland Drive, but no photo can really do it justice. For a driving tour of the infamous road, check out this video. Built in 1924, Mulholland Drive is a  two-lane road along the […]

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 […]