Daniel Grotta & Sally Wiener Grotta


Daniel Grotta's biography of J.R.R. Tolkien, the first on the creator of "The Lord of the Rings," was continuous print for over 30 years. Click WORKS at the top of the screen to find out more about his books.

Daniel Grotta

Daniel Grotta has been a freelancer his entire career, and has never been on staff anywhere. This has given him the personal creative control and freedom that has allowed him to make a rather good living writing about what fascinates him, work with the people he most admires and devote whatever energy and time is required to write a great story. It has also translated into a very varied and interesting career, which has included being a war correspondant, photojournalist, author, investigative journalist, book and music critic, features writer, columnist, technology reviewer and publisher.

Daniel has authored well over 1,500 stories for prominent magazines and newspapers, such as Islands, Philadelphia Inquirer, Readerís Digest, the London Sunday Times Magazine, American Heritage, Parade, Saturday Review, PC Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, Learís Magazine, Harper's Magazine, and many others.

Daniel has authored numerous books, including the first biography of J.R.R. Tolkien, which was in continuous publication for over 30 years . His short fiction has appeared in "Asimovís" and "Focus Magazine." His Black Bear, Pennsylvania novella Honor was published by Pixel Hall Press in 2012. His next novel, Adam V, also set in the fictional mountain village of Black Bear, will be published in 2014. In addition, a short story collection, Seven from Haven -- gentle ghost stories with an O'Henry-like charm and sensibility -- was published Halloween, 2012.

Recognized, also, as one of the premier experts on digital cameras, Daniel is a member of The Authors Guild, the Overseas Press Club, American Society of Journalists & Authors, SFWA, and the National Book Critics Circle.

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Selected Works

Fiction
A collection of gentle ghost stories with O'Henry-like sensibility, charm and humor.
"Incredibly poignant... The characters and the personality of the town are richly drawn.... It is a great tale. I can't wait to read your next installment." Ė Shawn Newcomer, James V. Brown Library
In this short story, a suburban wife's perceptions of life and self-awareness are irreparably altered when she witnesses a brief but vivid moment of violence in downtown Chinatown.