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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dan Burns  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: April 5, 1963

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Illinois Connection

Burns lives in the Chicago Suburbs and is also an adjunct professor a the DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

Biographical and Professional Information

In addition to being a teacher, Dan Burns is fortunate to be able to pursue a challenging and rewarding career as a writer. His first non-fiction book, ''The First 60 Seconds'' (, was published in May of 2009 and followed with an eighteen-month public speaking and book tour. It was a wonderful opportunity to talk with thousands of people about how to be more effective in their job search and career efforts.In 2013, Burns released his first novel, a contemporary family drama titled ''Recalled To Life'', and his first collection of short stories, ''No Turning Back''. His new novel, ''A Fine Line'', is a crime mystery set in his hometown of Chicago. In addition to writing novels and short stories, Burns also writes stories for the screen and stage.

Published Works

  • The First 60 Seconds: Win the Job Interview before It Begins , Sourcebooks, 2009
  • Recalled to Life, Eckhartz Press, May 2013
  • No Turning Back, Chicago Arts Press, 2014
  • A Fine Line, Chicago Arts Press, 2017

Selected Titles At Your Library

The first 60 seconds :
ISBN: 1402216769. OCLC Number:

Sourcebooks,. Naperville, Ill. :. ©2009.

In the first 60 seconds, interviewers can decide whether you will be moved to the top of the list or dropped from consideration! In today's crowded job market, this innovative book shows job seekers how best to impress in that crucial first minute and gives strategies to constantly differentiate themselves from the competition. From preparing a credentials package to connecting with the interviewer, candidates will learn how to set themselves apart every time, especially essential with a 5% national unemployment rate.

Recalled to life /
ISBN: 0989402908. OCLC Number:

Eckhartz Press,. [Chicago, Ill.] :. ©2013.

Chicago architect Peter O'Hara had a blueprint for how he wanted to build his life. He had goals and ambitions and his path was clear. He had a loving wife and son, career success, and his final career goal was close within reach. The opportunity to become a partner in his firm was there for the taking. He almost had it all. But life and fate do not consider such plans. An unbelievable and unplanned event sets off a domino effect of repercussions that turn Peter's life upside down, pushing him to his limits and causing him to re-evaluate everything he thought was important.

No turning back :
ISBN: 0991169409. OCLC Number:

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Told with realistic and thought provoking prose, each of the stories shine light on characters who, as a result of a particular experience, realize that they can't go back--in time or to the way life used to be. Moving forward is the only option, and what comes next is anyone's guess. The author accompanies each story with his personal notes regarding the thoughts and ideas that inspired him to write the story, adding a unique behind-the-scenes perspective of the writing process. Each breath we take brings us to, and past, a crossroads in life, and there is no turning back.

A fine line /
ISBN: 0991169425. OCLC Number:

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When a struggling author with a secret government past is hired by a wealthy philanthropist to investigate a cold murder case, he has no choice but to expose the dark and buried secrets of a powerful political family in Chicago.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

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