About Daniel

Daniel Wright (T. if you’re nasty) was born in a small town in Northeast Arkansas to a traditional Southern Baptist family that never knew quite what to make of him. He began work on his first novel – about a boy and his dog – at age nine in a pocket-sized notebook that has since been lost forever. Many, many years later, his second attempt at a novel has fared slightly better.

Daniel spent his childhood avoiding sports and instead, being obsessed with Donna Summer, old Photoplay magazines and Charlie’s Angels. He fled his hometown at eighteen and earned both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Communications and Theater at Arkansas State University in the “big city” of Jonesboro.

Daniel wandered the country throughout his twenties, avoiding gainful employment while still somehow managing to eat. In 1996, he authored a novelty book called “Dear Elvis – Graffiti from Graceland” and then waited to get rich.  When that didn’t happen, he resigned himself to a respectable life teaching at a small community college in Tennessee.

Miraculously, he sold a play he had written years before and abandoned “the respectable life” immediately in the pursuit of fame of fortune in Los Angeles. His play, “Colored Eggs” was made into the film, “Changing Hearts”, and starred Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries), Lauren Holly (Dumb and Dumber), Emmy Award Winner Tom Skerritt (Steel Magnolias, Picket Fences) and Academy Award Winner Faye Dunaway. Did we mention Faye Dunaway?!

Daniel also worked as an additional writer on the 2005 film, “Confession” starring Chris Pine (Star Trek), Emmy Award Winner Bruce Davison (Longtime Companion) and Tony Award Winner Tom Bosley (Happy Days).  There were several others, but at this point the name-dropping may be getting gratuitous.  He was fortunate enough to write on many works for hire and option a few other original screenplays.

While thrilled at the opportunity to work with the people he had adored in the movie magazines from his childhood, Daniel decided to leave the film business and write the novel that had hounded him for years. Knowing that he worked best while being paid or graded – and inexplicably not being paid to write a first novel – Daniel returned to his roots and navigated the treacherous waters of the Creative Writing program at the University of Arkansas. Under the guidance of true writers like Molly Giles, Ellen Gilchrist, Davis McCombs, Skip Hays, Michael Heffernan and Roger Gross, he earned  an MFA in 2010 and “Lost Cain” is the result. He hopes they are proud.

Daniel currently teaches at a small college in Kansas City, Missouri and hopes the publication of this book will finally bring him fame, fortune, or at least, perhaps, a husband.

He also, if you haven’t yet guessed, writes his own biographies and tries not to take himself too seriously.