Dana Caldarone


If you've read my first published novel, No Permission Needed, you know more about me than most everyone, except for the members of my immediate family and the closest of my friends. For those who like to compartmentalize people, I am a simple man. I teach. I ride. I love my family. And now, I suppose I have to add that I write... again. I do these things with passion. Some would say I am obsessive. Call it what you like, it's the only way I know how to do things.
If there is more you'd like to know about me or about the writing process that resulted in The Green Mountain Dream Trilogy, just contact me through Facebook or through this website. I'd be happy to answer any of your questions and I'd be interested in any thoughts you have about the story or the ideas behind it.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have an odd outlook on life. There are things in my life that I "know" I am "supposed" to be doing. Being married to my wife is one of them. Teaching is another. And writing novels is a also something I am supposed to be doing. After studying writing for four years at Brown, my ambition was to live in Vermont, teach, and write. Then I met my wife and my plans changed. More than 30 years later, an unexpected motivation led me back to writing and once I started, I couldn't seem to stop. A little more than two years later, I had four books written and published. It feels right. I know this is what I am supposed to be doing. And I love it...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I am thrilled by the possibility that a reader may be affected by reading one of my books... that reading it may make a difference in how they look at their own lives... that they may make a connection with one of my characters and that that connection may give them pause to think...
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Where to find Dana Caldarone online


Living Without Kate: The Sequel To Dreaming of Kate
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 155,060. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In Living Without Kate, we see the four characters from the trilogy trying to move forward with their lives, Leah in Burlington, Andrew in Brookline, and Danny and Kate in Canada. Also, the troubled teen, Ciara, has pulled herself together and is heading off to Northeastern. The connections between these characters become complex, in this story of life, illusions, uncertainty, and peril.
Dreaming of Kate
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 222,220. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Danny has concluded that his life is merely a series of illusions. The fictional character he has been writing about has been haunting his dreams and he has fallen in love with her. But does she only exist in his imagination, though? Danny has also found himself making a connection to a suicidal teenager. Will he save her or will she drag him down with her. Expect the unexpected in this trilogy!
In Another Life
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,790. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Tommy Louis returns from WW II a hero, only to find that the life he left behind is gone forever. While delivering his best friend's last words to his widowed wife, Tommy meets Jeanne. She's just a kid, at that point, but soon her life spirals into a place she never imagined possible. Both of them seem hopelessly broken, but their lives keep circling back to each other. Can they save each other?
The Green Mountain Dream Trilogy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 229,840. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
The Green Mountain Dream Trilogy includes three books: No Permission Needed, The Widow Maker, and Green Mountain Dream. The Trilogy spans 100 years of events that detail the struggle of two people in love... a love that cannot be ended by the mere passage of time. These books will challenge your ideas about your life, your relationships, your dreams, and what might happen after you die.

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Smashwords book reviews by Dana Caldarone

  • Ogrodnik on March 11, 2017

    A good story... well told. Found it difficult to put down and kept thinking about the characters when I had to stop reading. The characters were well developed and seemed quite human... nothing cookie-cutter or overly stereotyped about them. Everything in the book tied together nicely... no loose ends. As an author, I realize all too well how challenging it is to accomplish what you did. Keep writing, Gary Coffin!