CHRIS ORCUTT has written professionally for 25 years as a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, playwright and speechwriter. He has also taught high school U.S. history and college writing. As a newspaper reporter he received a New York Press Association award.
Chris is the author of the critically acclaimed Dakota Stevens Mystery Series. The first novel in the series, A REAL PIECE OF WORK, was an Amazon bestseller and achieved a #1 top-rated ranking in Literary Fiction for Kindle, and #4 in Mystery.
The novel received strong critical acclaim from reviewers, as did the sequel, THE RICH ARE DIFFERENT. The 3rd novel in the series, A TRUTH STRANGER THAN FICTION, has been called by one reviewer, “A very thought-provoking and engaging mystery with deeper implications, all wrapped up in humor and action. [A] highly entertaining read.” The 4th Dakota Stevens installment, THE PERFECT TRIPLE THREAT, received similarly high praise from readers and critics.
Chris considers himself first and foremost a general practitioner in fiction writing, and has written a great deal of non-genre fiction. He has had well over two dozen short stories published in literary journals, and his short fiction has won a few modest awards, most notably 55 Fiction’s World’s Shortest Stories. Chris’s short story collection, THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND, was selected by IndieReader as one of the Best Books of 2013. In April 2014, Chris published a “literary” novel—ONE HUNDRED MILES FROM MANHATTAN—which was selected by IndieReader as a Best Book for 2014. In a review of the novel, Kirkus Reviews favorably compares Chris to Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Cheever.
In early 2017, Orcutt released THE RONALD AND OTHER PLAYS, which features a full-length political satire and five one-acts. Orcutt’s latest release is PERPETUATING TROUBLE, a humorous memoir about the writing life. The book received a highly favorable review from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Orcutt’s writing style is lighthearted and conversational…[readers] are sure to find him a vibrant character and enjoyable writer.” And this sentiment of the book was echoed by The Midwest Book Review, which said of it, “Perpetuating Trouble is an absolutely fascinating and entertaining read from cover to cover…”
In his free time away from the writing desk, Chris enjoys cross country skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, golf, tennis, swimming, chess, and classic films.
For more about Chris, visit his website: www.orcutt.net.
For more about the Dakota Stevens Mysteries Series, visit www.orcutt.net OR www.dakotapi.com.