Dana Mentink Dana Mentink lives in California where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Her family includes two daughters (affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo.) Papa Bear is retired from the fire department and he met Dana doing a dinner theater production of The Velveteen Rabbit. Ironically, their parts were husband and wife.

Dana writes in two genres, cozy mystery and romantic suspense. She’s a USA TODAY, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon bestselling author as well as a two time ACFW Carol Award winner, and a Holt Medallion recipient. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She is honored to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired and Poisoned Pen Press.


  1. 2015 Heart of Excellence Finalist for Return to Pelican Inn
  2. 2014 ACFW Carol Award Winner for Jungle Fire
  3. 2013 ACFW Carol Award Winner for Lost Legacy
  4. 2012 Award of Merit in the Holt Medallion Contest
  5. Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest, inspirational fiction, 2008
  6. Women on Writing Flash Fiction contest, 2007
  7. Long and Short Reviews Best Romance of 2007 nomination
  8. Get Your Stiletto in the Door Contest finalist, 2005
  9. ACFW Book of the Year Finalist, 2009
  10. 2010 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award Winner
  11. 2019 Daphne duMaurier Award finalist
  12. Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author

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Author Photos

ACFW Carol Award 2013 - Dana Mentink
Accepting the 2013 Carol Award.
Dana Mentink ACFW 2010
Booksigning at the largest mall in America. How will I ever remember how to find my car?
Street Smarts Award Assembly, 2010.
A writer must wear many hats. The Street Smarts Award Assembly, 2010.
Dana Mentink ACFW 2010
Massive, but friendly insects at the 2010 ACFW conference in Indiana.