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From Threads to Thrillers: Dana Killion’s Journey of Resilience

January 05, 20242 min read

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From Threads to Thrillers: Dana Killion’s Journey of Resilience

Welcome back to another episode of "Kim Talks Resilience!" Today, we delve into the remarkable journey of Dana Killion, a woman whose resilience transcends both the fashion runways and the intriguing landscapes of mystery novels.

From Fashion to Fiction

Dana's career as a clothing designer took her to good heights, but a family situation in 2015 prompted a career shift. Seeking flexibility, she turned to writing, creating the captivating Andrea Kellner mystery series. Unlike authors who craft one book at a time, Dana has penned six exciting novels since 2017.

 

Analyzing her own reading preferences, Dana realized her love for mystery novels with female protagonists, especially those in a series format. With this in mind, she embarked on her journey as a fiction writer, publishing the first book in her series in 2017. Since then, she has written a total of six books, captivating readers with her compelling storytelling.

 

Embracing the Pandemic as an Author

The pandemic, often a disruptor, became an unexpected ally for Dana. Already accustomed to the solitary nature of writing, she used the quiet time to deepen her storytelling, offering readers more engaging narratives.

 

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A Journey from fiction to Memoir

Dana's storytelling prowess extends beyond fiction. Her memoir, "Where the Shadows Dance: He Got Sober, I Got Broke," transforms personal journaling into a powerful narrative, breaking the silence around addiction and offering solace to those facing similar challenges.

 

As she continued her journey, Dana realized the healing power of writing and the importance of sharing her story. The silence surrounding addiction and the lack of resources for loved ones inspired her to turn her journal into a manuscript. By sharing her experiences, she aimed to help others who may be going through similar struggles, letting them know they are not alone.

 

The Publishing Journey

Navigating the publishing landscape, Dana provides insights into the differences between traditional and independent publishing. Her fiction series finds a home in independent publishing, granting her creative autonomy. For her memoir, she opts for a traditional route, recognizing the unique dynamics of non-fiction marketing.

 

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The Power of Resilience

Dana's narrative isn't just about personal triumph; it's about giving back. Both her fiction and non-fiction carry a common thread a message of strength and resilience, particularly for women. By sharing her experiences, Dana aims to offer hope and guidance, reassuring readers they're not alone.

 

Connect with Dana through her website and social media to be part of her community of resilience. Join us in celebrating Dana Killian's journey a testament to the transformative power of storytelling, resilience, and the unwavering strength found in the threads of one's narrative. Stay tuned for more inspiring stories on "Kim Talks Resilience," where triumphs rise above life's challenges.

 

References:

Podcast - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4HfXOsP_7Y

You can reach Dana:

https://www.instagram.com/dana_killion_author/

https://www.facebook.com/DanaKillionAuthor/

Book (Where the Shadows Dance)

https://www.amazon.com/Where-Shadows-Dance-Dana-Killion/dp/1637556411/

 

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Kim Hayden

Kim Hayden is a resident of Calgary Alberta with roots in Wichita Kansas. From Kansas to Canada , Kim's integrity and ingenuity has been key to her success. A lifelong entrepreneur, Kim knows the cornerstone to a successful business is the client and or community.Launching her Real Estate career in 1999 , Kim is an Award Winning Realtor, cultivating business as a Community Expert. With over 1500 transactions in her 22yr career, Kim gained success through her high service standards. During this time Kim and her husband Doug, were awarded the Alberta Centennial award and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Common Wealth award for their work as outstanding citizens. In out of her efforts. Through her PodGuest.Agency , PodHost.Agency and the Resilient Events Series, Kim is excited to help others be set for success in sharing their message, no matter what side of the mic you are on. 2014 - 2019 Kim Produced and hosted 5 seasons of Kim's Kitchen on Shaw TV , 2 seasons of Homes & Lifestyles Canada seen on CTV along with hosting numerous Red Carpets. In 2017 In-Houze Productions was launched with a full production team, from scripting to editing In-Houze serves the Calgary and area needs with projects that range from the 30 second promo to full scale event A/VIn 2020 , along with the rest of the world, hard decisions were made and the local In-Houze studio was shut down and Kim started looking at the digital world. Finding podcasting and the love it, turned out to be the perfect transition from live events and all the red carpet interviews. After over 500 interviews, from broadcast to podcast, Kim has continued her service first approach to ensure that the guest and audience gets the most out of her efforts. Through her PodGuest.Agency , PodHost.Agency and the Resilient Events Series, Kim is excited to help others be set for success in sharing their message, no matter what side of the mic you are on.

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