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Dana Schwartz Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

And We're Off (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Choose Your Own Disaster (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The White Man's Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Dana Schwartz is an American author and journalist who has worked for several prestigious publications. She has been a correspondent for “Entertainment Weekly” and has been a co-host of the “Hysteria Podcast” on Crooked Media. She has also been a cultural commentator on “Vanity Fair,” “The New Yorker,” “GQ,” “The Washington Post,” “Glamour,” and “Marie Claire” among others. As an author, she has dabbled in a variety of genres including young adult and literary fiction. Schwartz is the author of “The White Man’s Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon” which is a humorous tome, “Choose Your Own Disaster” a memoir, and the young adult novel “And We’re Off.” She got off to a promising start with her first debut fiction novel “And We’re Off” which was published in 2017 and was praised as one of the best young adult books of the year by “Seventeen Magazine.” Her gothic romance novel “Anatomy: A Love Story” which tells the story of an aspiring female surgeon who works with a resurrection man to get bodies for study was published in 2021. Schwartz who went to Brown University is the host and creator of the “Noble Blood” history podcast and also wrote a comic book for Marvel.

Schwartz was brought up in a Jewish family that lived in Highland Park, Illinois. She studied public policy and also took a premedical course at Brown University as she believed she was destined to become a doctor. However, she soon realized how unhappy she was as she had always dreamed of becoming an author though she never thought it a viable career choice. Dana had always been a voracious reader and loved to pen short stories. In college, she set up the GuyInYourMFA twitter account, where she made fun of all her insecurities about writing. It was this that gave her the attention and confidence she needed and made her believe that she could become a professional author. With her notoriety online, she grew more confident and soon she was freelancing at “Entertainment Weekly.” While she was growing her writing portfolio, she made the most headway into becoming an author with her “GuyInYourMFA” twitter account. The huge success of the parody account soon had many publishers reaching out and asking to publish her work as they believed her sensibility and humor would sell. Three books later and several in the pipeline Schwartz has finally realized her dream.

One thing that distinguishes Dan Schwartz from her contemporaries is that her body of work is not a snug fit in any one genre. In a recent interview, she has asserted that many people have advised her to stick to one genre to get more success. However, since she does write because she is genuinely interested in the things she is writing rather than to further her career, she will always write about the things she loves. While Dana had often bounced between mediums and genres, she has sometimes gone back to her roots of poking fun at male and white authors and the men who hold them in high esteem. Most of these works are based on the character that made her name in the stories she shared on GuyInYourMFA. For Schwartz, each novel provides a different experience as she has to conduct research and immerse herself in the life of the characters, which makes everything so much fun. She still hosts her podcast, holds down a TV job and writes whenever she can find the time.

Dana Schwartz’s “And We’re Off” tells the story of Nora Holmes, a seventeen-year-old painter and artist who has been making art ever since she could hold a brush. She had followed in the footsteps of Robert her grandfather that had encouraged, nurtured her talent and told her to follow her passion no matter what. While he had always been supportive, she is still elated and shocked when he gives her an all-expenses-paid summer trip as a gift. She is to visit the sites where the most famous and popular artists in history had made their works. However, the gift comes with a catch as her grandfather expects her to come up with an original piece of work for every stop she makes on her trip. Nora immediately agrees even though Alice her mother is not too taken with the idea as she believes her too idealistic and young to be out there all alone. She hates that she has not gotten the support she expected from her mother and as the time for her departure draws ever closer, they grow more apart. But seconds after Nora bids her mother farewell, she hears her call out to wait as she was coming along.

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