Welcome to AuthorDan

Agents and publishers yearn for winners.  Readers crave powerful thrills and useful edification.  Advertisers demand motivating copy.  If you’re one of these four, you’re at the right place!

So, welcome!  There are three main areas to this in-progress new web site, plus a brief bio at the bottom of this page.  Poke around.  You know you’ve got an itch I can scratch!


Dan at DeskMy personal financial planning book, The Secrets of Successful Financial Planning (SSFP), is forthcoming from Skyhorse Publishing, 2/20/2018.  You may sample excerpts via the menu.  This site has a free blog open for any financial topic (click or use the menu).  You are also welcome to sample past financial articles and even Real Estate and Business Brokerage articles.

Don’t forget to click “humor” here or on the menu for samples from that new book-length project.

Speaking Engagements & Freelance

Freelance:  Get it YOUR way and get results!  Utilize me for your:

Corporate or Family Story; White Paper
Ghost & Co-writing (Celebrities, Sports Players, Business Leaders, etc.)
Mail Campaign
Private Tutoring

Click here for more details and a bio customized for freelance assignments.

Speaking Engagements:  Supercharged help for YOUR people through Secrets of Successful Financial Planning

Train the Trainer
Train financial professionals / improve their competencies
Financial advisor Client Appreciation Events / help advisors help clients
Help individuals via Not-for-Profit Organizations, like military or other retirees


Indian DanThe Pleistocene Redemption (TPR) was self-published in 1998 and sold 4,100 copies, net of returns, and met other important milestones and had very interesting reviews.  Now being considered by Night Shades Books, the fiction sister company of Skyhorse,  TPR has been vastly improved, especially as to pace.  I invite professionals to evaluate it.  I’d love to find a new agent (Bill Pettit was fine, but cinematic only), so professionals are warmly invited to poke around and contact me. The new title is Ancient of Genes (AOG).  A sequel, composed of related short stories, is in progress.

Also in progress is a short story anthology, each paired with fascinating nonfiction research, on cryptozoological animals.  Crypto means “hidden”.  Experience fantastic beasts that are rumored to exist, from nine-foot long carnivorous salamanders to marsupial lions!

Speaking Engagements, Seminars and Teaching:  If you would like me to help your group via a workshop or brief talk, you’re warmly invited to check my background; your call will be a high priority!

  Dan graduated from Virginia Military Institute (1981), third among Economics majors, simultaneously completing the Modern Languages curriculum. He served in the Infantry, then as a reservist in a Special Forces support role, next as a Training Company Commander and later in a classified Army Research Institute role. Dan completed his Master of Business Administration at William & Mary (1986). He and wife Laura married in 1988, loved raising their four children, and assisted both Boy and Girl Scouting through their church. His professional designations included: Chartered Financial Consultant & Chartered Life Underwriter (1989), Certified Financial Planner® (1992) and Certified Business Intermediary (2002). His thirty-year practice encompassed group and individual benefits, money management, financial plans, business valuation & brokerage, commercial realty and – often very personal – counseling. Dan has given numerous seminars at major employers and other entities, is the author of a novel, a licensing manual, and numerous articles in journals such as Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Financial & Estate Planning and Charlotte Ventures. Dan recently completed the University of North Carolina Graduate Teaching program and retired from financial services to work professionally as a writer and educator.