Solving Crime One Sniff at a Time with Jen Danna

09 Dec 2022 • 33 min • EN
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On today’s show we hear from Jen Danna, a crime novelist whose FBI K9 novel series explores the world of FBI agent Meg Jennings and her search-and-rescue dog Hawk. If you’re thinking “I thought that series was written by Sara Driscoll,” you’re right. Sara Driscoll is a joint pen name for Danna, a Canadian infectious disease researcher, and her co-author, Ann Vanderlaan, a Texan oil biz technical writer.  Their very different work and their shared passion for writing inspired them to pen seven novels under their joint pseudonym. Danna’s dedication to scientific accuracy drives her storytelling. She shares what she has learned about the deep connection between FBI working dogs and their handlers.  Danna also talks about the seventh novel in their series, “Still Waters,” which has been published half-posthumously after Vanderlaan’s death earlier this year. Even as she celebrates the new novel, Danna reflects on how she will continue Meg Jennings’ story now that she has lost her other writing half. Episode Links Still Waters: An FBI K9 Novel by Sara Driscoll (aka Jen Danna and Ann Vanderlaan) Jen Danna official website Bouchercon World Mystery Convention Does the Dog Die The Long Leash Episode #57 My Life Transformed by a Golden Angel with writing legend Dean Koontz Dog Edition Episode #71 From the Titanic to Queen Mary 2: Transatlantic Dogs This episode is sponsored in part by EverPup and BarkBox.  About Dog Podcast Network (DPN) DPN is the first of its kind. A podcasting network as devoted to dogs, as they are to us. Our mission is simple: entertain, inspire and inform. We will improve the quality of life for dogs and the people who love them. Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows: Dog Edition: our flagship show where a global team of dog-obsessed journalists and storytellers feature news, in-depth reporting, analysis, features, and interview segments Dog Cancer Answers: which offers vetted advice from real veterinarians who answer your questions about dog cancer Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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