D. J. MAUGHAN
The Full Story
Who am I? I’m an avid reader, event manager, father, husband, public speaker, and author. For years I’ve read six to eight books a month, primarily in the thriller and mystery genres. I love books by famous authors like John Grisham, Dan Brown, and Gillian Flynn. I’ve always admired novelists and dreamed of being one myself. In 2020, when the world shut down with the pandemic, I made the most of my extra time. I wrote my debut novel, Vanished From Budapest, and published it in December 2022. Although complex and time-consuming, I loved the process. I endeavored to write a story I would enjoy reading myself. I learned so much and am humbled and gratified by its success. The book has won two awards, including Finalist for the 2022 Indies Today Book of the Year.
My debut series, Vanished, is based in Budapest, Hungary. As a younger man, I lived in Budapest for a couple years and have returned to visit multiple times. My love for the city shines throughout the series. If you're just stumbling upon my work, I recommend reading The Villains Mask. It's free, short, and a great introduction to my writing style.
A little more about me, I'm a member of multiple writing groups. I seek inspiration everywhere, especially while studying and visiting diverse places and cultures. Whether jumping from a cliff in Hawaii or hiking the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, I'm in heaven as long as my wife and four teenage boys are at my side.
Thank you for considering my work. You have many fantastic book options; I'm honored you would consider mine. Enjoy your next read, and thanks for letting me introduce myself.