CHRIS ORCUTT has written professionally for 30 years as a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, playwright and speechwriter. In college he initially studied forensic chemistry and later graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in philosophy. For a time after college, Chris taught high school U.S. history and college writing, and 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. His non-genre fiction, including the novel One Hundred Miles from Manhattan and the short story collection The Man, The Myth, The Legend, has received critical acclaim from a host of professional reviewers: Publishers Weekly, Chronogram, Hudson Valley News, IndieReader, and Kirkus Reviews. In addition to his published novels, well over two dozen of his short stories have been published in literary journals.
In his free time away from the writing desk, Chris enjoys cross country skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, golf, tennis, swimming, chess and classic films.
Throughout his career as a novelist, Orcutt has written with one guiding principle: "I write books that I would want to read," he says. "When I'm reading a novel, I'm always looking for surprises--the plot twist, the beautiful scene, the quirky character, the memorable line of dialogue, or the gorgeous, picturesque sentence. So those are the things that I give to my readers."
For more about Chris or his Dakota Stevens Mysteries Series, visit orcutt.net OR dakotapi.com.