Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Dana Stabenow's mystery novel Though Not Dead, narrated by Marguerite Gavin. Kate Shugak will go to the ends of the earth to solve one Alaskan family's epic mystery in this breathtaking novel. The residents of Alaska's largest national park are stunned by the death of one of their oldest members, eighty-seven-year-old Old Sam Dementieff...Even private investigator Kate Shugak. Sam, a lifelong resident, dubbed the "father" of all of the Park rats—even though he had no ch
Listen to this audiobook excerpt from the suspense thriller novel Prepared for Rage, a nail-biting, straight-from-the-headlines thriller of international suspense from Edgar Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Dana Stabenow. A terrorist filled with resentment...an FBI analyst challenged to be three steps ahead of the intelligence...a Coast Guard captain assigned to keep watch on that very American of symbols from the water...an astronaut who takes her job very seriously... The paths of all of
Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Dana Stabenow's crime novel A Night Too Dark, part of her Kate Shugak mystery series. The audiobook is narrated by Marguerite Gavin. In Alaska, somebody disappears every day. Hunters who head into the wilderness... Fishermen who brave the great rivers...Tourists who attempt to do both. In Aleut detective Kate Shugak's Park, people have been falling off the grid quite a bit lately. And as she and state trooper Jim Chopin are about to realize, it's got something to do wit
Where do you get all your ideas?
The idea fairy.
What are your absolutely essential, can’t-do-without writing aids?
1.) A telescoping backscratcher, for those itches I can’t reach mid-chapter.
2.) Peppermints, for that late-night energy boost during the downhill gallop at the end of the book.
3.) Photos of my mom and dad watching me work.
What else do you do besides write?
I read other people’s books, I watch movies, I have marathon telephone conversations with friends, I knit, I bead, I garden, I walk on the beach, I travel.
Do you cook?
I eat, therefore I cook. Store-bought bread was too expensive in Bush Alaska when I was growing up, so Mom made bread from scratch and I grew up knowing the theraputive effects of kneading dough. I love experimenting with bread recipes, and one of my life goals is to attend a Baguette 101 class in France.
What is the worst job you ever had?
Sorting salmon roe. There were three grades, the sac intact, the sac partially broken, the sac destroyed and the eggs all over the place. The first fetched the best price from Japanese buyers, to whom saviar is a delicacy. The sorters stood on a metal grate dressed in rain gear and rubber boots in front of a conveyor belt, picking through the roe. Your hands and feet froze from the cold water used to wash the roe and your back ached from stooping over the belt, and your shift lasted as long as the tenders were delivering salmon from the upper Cook Inlet setnet sites, anywhere from four to twenty hours. Salary was minimum wage.
I prefer writing books.