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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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The First 60 Seconds: Win the Job Interview before It Begins
ISBN: 1402216769

Sourcebooks. 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, The First 60 Seconds is an innovative book that 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.

Author Dan Burns has provided consulting and employee placement services to Fortune 500 companies for the past fourteen years. He'll show you how to tackle:

• The 60 Days before the Interview
• The Next 60 Minutes (after the First 60 Seconds)
• The Close and the Follow-Up
• The 60-Month Career Plan

Whether you're a new job-seeker or out on the market after years of steady employment, The First 60 Seconds gives you the best tools to win your next great career opportunity.

Recalled to Life
ISBN: 0989402908

Eckhartz press. 0

Chicago architect Peter O'Hara had a plan, 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: Stories
ISBN: 0991169409

Chicago Arts Press. 2014

In No Turning Back, Dan Burns shares an eclectic mix of stories that push the boundaries of genre and imagination. 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 use to be. Moving forward is the only option, and what comes next is anyone’s guess.

In Come Out, Wherever You Are, a man retreats to his home in the woods to live out the rest of his life in solitude. He hopes to evade the public eye but instead finds himself both a victim and beneficiary of circumstance. At the End of the Day is a story of forbidden and improbable love. After working together for more than five years, a man and woman begin a relationship they never dreamed was possible. In the title story, No Turning Back, a young paratrooper on a flight into enemy territory gets to think about and face his ultimate fears.

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.

A Fine Line (A Sebastian Drake Novel)
ISBN: 0991169425

Chicago Arts Press. 2017

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.

Sebastian Drake is a novelist working out of a dilapidated apartment in the city who’s trying to come up with his next story idea. But he’s stuck.

Drake receives an unexpected visit from a man interested in hiring him for a project and who thinks he has just the solution to Drake’s writing challenges. He also thinks that Drake’s past and secret life with a shadow government organization is a valuable asset. His proposition to Drake is simple: become a hired agent to investigate a cold murder case involving one of Chicago’s most powerful political families. The job comes with a decent paycheck, all the support he might need, and the types of real life experiences that can form the basis for great fiction stories.

This is a story about a man with a new lease on life, who leads a dual existence. Behind his desk, he is an aspiring author. On the streets, he is a rogue undercover and unknown vigilante.

His biggest challenge is keeping intact the fine line between reality and fiction.

Speaking Engagements

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