Danny R. Smith spent 21 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the last seven as a homicide detective. He now lives in Idaho where he works as a private investigator and consultant. He is blessed with a beautiful wife with whom he happily serves a life sentence, and two wonderful daughters. He is passionate about his dogs and horses whom he counts among his friends.
He is the author of the Dickie Floyd Detective Novel series, and he has written numerous articles for trade publications. He publishes a weekly blog called The Murder Memo, which can be found at dickiefloydnovels.com.
He is a member of the Idaho Writers Guild and the Public Safety Writers Association.
Who are your favorite authors?
My current favorite author is Mike Connelly. The longevity award goes to none other than Joseph Wambaugh, whom I've read for thirty-five years. Elmore Leonard is one of my all-time favorites, as he is the king of dialogue. I enjoy some of Stephen King's books and appreciate all of his writing. There are many more, but those are the heavy hitters in my genre.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life inspires me to get out of bed each day. We homicide detectives had a creed: Every day above ground is a good day. The fact that no day is guaranteed never escapes me, and I am thankful for each I am granted. Having said that, I love coffee and writing in the morning right after the critters are fed. Especially on cold winter days.