October 26-28, 2018 | Pasadena, CA

John DeDakis

John DeDakis is a former Senior Copy Editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” DeDakis (pronounced deh-DAY-kiss) is the author of four mystery-suspense novels featuring A.P. White House correspondent Lark Chadwick.


His most recent novel, “Bullet in the Chamber,” is the winner of Reviewers Choice, Foreword INDIES, and Feathered Quill book awards in 2017.


He is currently at work on his fifth novel (working title: Fake – as in “fake news,” but with a twist).
DeDakis is a writing coach, manuscript editor, and writing workshop leader.


During his award-winning 45-year career in journalism (25 years at CNN), DeDakis has been a White House Correspondent and interviewed such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan.
DeDakis lives in Baltimore, has taught journalism at the University of Maryland – College Park, and regularly teaches novel writing at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland and at the Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.


In his spare time, what little he has of it, he is a jazz drummer.


Visit his website at www.johndedakis.com