Dan Arnold

Biography

Born in Bakersfield, California and abandoned by his parents in Seattle, Washington,
I've led a colorful life, fueling my imagination for telling stories set in the American West. After living in the foster care system for some years, I was eventually adopted. I’ve lived in Idaho, Washington, California, Virginia, and now make my home in Texas. My wife Lora and I have four grown children, of whom we are justifiably proud, not because we were such good parents but because God is good.
Under the name Dan Arnold, I’ve written several books of historical fiction and an illustrated book on the training of horses, in addition to authoring and/or contributing to numerous technical manuals and articles in various publications and periodicals.
As a horse trainer and clinician (I trained performance horses for twenty five years), I had occasion to travel extensively and I’ve been blessed to have worked with a variety of horses and people in amazing circumstances and locations.
I’ve herded cattle in Texas, chased kangaroos on horseback through the Australian Outback, guided pack-trips into the high Sierras and the Colorado Rockies, conditioned and trained thoroughbred race horses, galloped a warmblood on the bank of a canal surveyed by George Washington, and spent uncounted delightful hours breaking bread with unique characters in diverse parts of the world.
At one (brief) point I was one of the 3% of fine visual artists who earned their entire income from sales of their art. I’m a painter, sculptor and writer.
Under the name Daniel Roland Banks I write contemporary detective thrillers. I’m a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Western Writers of America.
My book ANGELS & IMPERFECTIONS was selected as finalist in the Christian Fiction category in the 2015 Reader’s Favorites Book Award contest.
In 2013, after 40+ years of searching, I found and got reacquainted with my half-brother and a host of relatives from my mother’s side of the family.
I can’t sing or dance, but I’d like to think I’m considered an engaging public speaker, an accomplished horseman and an excellent judge of single malt Scotch.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Every story starts with an idea. A "what if" concept. Often it will start with a particular action scene, followed by a question. "Why did that happen?" The characters are based on people I have met and aspects of my own personality. The stories are inspired. The process is all about getting the story down as fast as possible, then reading it to see if it is structured correctly. Then the more focused proof reading for errors and omissions begins. When it is roughly complete, I send it out for beta reading. The input from the readers is perhaps the most essential part of the process. If the beta readers like the characters and the story arc, everything else can be tweaked and polished. That's when the editing really kicks in.
How do you approach cover design?
I want a cover that is striking and graphic. It should suggest something about the story. If it is to be one book in a series, it should usually have a clear connection to the others in the series.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Dan Arnold online


Videos

ANGELS & IMPERFECTIONS
BOOK PROMOTION VIDEO

Series

ANGELS AND IMPERFECTIONS
Fiction; Crime thrillers following the life and times of private investigator John Wesley Tucker and company. There is more about Tucker than meets the eye, but is he even human?

Books

Alta Vista
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,030. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
As the 19th Century draws to a close, John Everett Sage is a man on the edge. He’s a husband, a father, a celebrated lawman, and a man whose courage and commitment are shaken by the scars of his past, the politics of the present, and the rapidly changing times. He might just make it all work out, if he can stay alive.
Bear Creek
Price: Free! Words: 70,380. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
When former Texas Ranger John Everett Sage took off on foot to catch a runaway horse from the train depot, he put his foot into something that would either change his life forever, or end it quickly
Special Agent Angels & Imperfections Book Two
Series: ANGELS AND IMPERFECTIONS. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,180. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Christian » Mystery & detective
When private detective John Wesley Tucker is hired to protect a young man whose life is threatened by a vicious street gang, he finds himself once again stalked by evil. For Tucker, it’s all in a day’s work, because he’s neither an ordinary detective nor an ordinary man.
Angels & Imperfections
Series: ANGELS AND IMPERFECTIONS. Price: Free! Words: 66,130. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Christian » Mystery & detective
When private detective John Wesley Tucker is hired to do a routine background check for an aspiring politician he finds himself stalked by evil. John Wesley Tucker is neither an ordinary detective nor an ordinary man. There is more about Tucker than meets the eye, but is he even human?

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