Dan Maurer is a screenwriter, author, marketing consultant and award-winning theater director. His screenwriting work has been highly ranked on The Black List site and has received praise in several prestigious writing competitions, including The Academy Nicholl Fellowship, the Austin Film Festival and The Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition. His acclaimed novella, Snow Day, was an Amazon best-selling thriller title in 2013.
Dan writes grounded, character-driven thrillers. His writing voice has been called cinematic, authentic, layered, and a mix of Tony Gilroy and Frank Darabont. He’s a writer who likes to explore the secrets beneath the surface of his characters. Dan is comfortable bringing thriller elements to an even broader range of genres. His other interests include biopics, historical epics, adventure, the supernatural, and grounded science fiction. In addition, his many years of experience working in the publishing industry are an asset when adapting novels and long-form non-fiction.
Before becoming a writer, Dan enjoyed a successful career in trade book publishing. He spent a combined seven years at Doubleday and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. While there, He helped the editorial team bring many notable books to market including John Grisham’s The Firm, Richard Price’s Clockers, and Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger’s Lost Moon, which became the Ron Howard film Apollo 13.
Dan has also achieved success in live theater. He served for ten years as a producer and director on the board of an acclaimed New Jersey theater company. He co-produced over 25 plays and musicals, and his directing credits include productions such as Driving Miss Daisy, Hollywood Arms, and Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA. He has won numerous awards for his producing, directing and sound design.
Over the years, Dan has also had a prosperous career as a digital marketing strategist. After leaving trade book publishing, he spent many years working in other industries and led digital marketing initiatives for companies such as Citizen, Dun & Bradstreet, RCN, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Even today, Dan continues to work as an independent digital marketing consulting, helping businesses execute digital marketing programs that enhance customer experience, drive customer engagement and increase revenue.