Dayna is a writer and educator whose articles on education have been featured in local press. She serves on the advisory board for Central Coast Writers Conference, where she teaches workshops for beginning writers on finding your voice and persevering on the creative path. She shares thought pieces and personal essays on her blog — AllThatIsNext.com, and has dabbled in poetry on her Instagram page, Tiny_NotesByDB. Dayna is editing her first novel, A Light Left Behind, a contemporary romance with elements of the supernatural. Dayna lives on the Coast of California with her two teens, a couple crazy dogs she runs with and a fat cat.
The Rest of the Story...
Or, A Little About Me...
I was born in a small town on the Coast of California, which makes me a California girl through and through. My idyllic home life was so normal it was abnormal, and my little happy family gave me strong roots.
Reading has always been a magical experience for me. Some of my warmest memories are of being nestled next to my mom in her chair and reading before bed, hearing my grandpa's voice as he read a familiar story to us for the fourth time in an evening, and heading to the library for yet more books. Oh, how a library still gives me feels.
In 7th grade, a favorite teacher gave me a hardbound journal and in it she wrote, "Fill these pages with your voice." I took her words to heart, because that is what started my journaling practice, which has stayed with me.
There is magic for me in storytelling. I grew up wanting to be an actress. My mom used to say I had "creative flair", but I was just always moved deeply -- and inspired by -- storytelling. I loved theater and was a theater nerd through High School.
All of these things, along with a creative energy eternally looking for an outlet, lead me to write. I abandoned my dreams of theater when I went to college - but interestingly, the first book to make it out of me is about Broadway! I created a blog to share thought pieces and personal essay after my divorce, realizing I needed to build my bravery muscle on a few levels.
In my day job, I'm a tutor and reading specialist. Teaching kids to read is a joyful experience ~ and the bonus I get to read my favorite kids' books over and over.
When I'm not reading, writing, or teaching kids to read and write, you can often find me running or hiking all over the hills near my home, or running the roads with two dogs wearing backpacks.
My kids and I live on the Coast of California, and we, too, have a little, happy family.