Dan Conover is a communications professional, novelist, freelance writer, bicycle mechanic and consultant in Charleston, SC.
He was formerly an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience as a reporter, editor, videographer, blogger and Web administrator. His job titles ranged from city editor [of The Shelby (N.C.) Star and The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier] to News Director (Charleston.net), and he was named South Carolina’s Journalist of the Year in 2005 for his coverage of science and technology. His other honors include various North Carolina Press Association awards for everything from investigative reporting and illustration, and two Phobos Fiction Awards.
Conover left the newspaper business on a buyout in August 2008 and spent the next year writing professionally for several publications and websites, consulting for three companies, teaching for The American Press Institute and making appearances for the Johns Hopkins University Center for International Relations and the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute. In November 2009 he went to work full time as a content engineering consultant for a Chicago-based company involved in developing semantic technologies for the media industry.
He later worked as consultant through Xarktopia LLC, the media services company he started with his wife, Janet, and in 2012 devoted himself to developing the Fintann semantic dashboard project with investors and partners in Columbia, S.C., and Seattle. The effort failed.
He served as the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Charleston Battery professional soccer club from July 2014 through April 2016, guiding to the club to its highest-ever season attendance in 2015.
The Conovers took up residence on a 35-acre family farm outside Easley, SC, in August 2016. In addition to his other chores, Conover continues his work for Xarktopia and remains a regular contributor to Turks & Caicos Magazine.
In addition to his writing and editing, he has fulfilled professional contracts as a web designer, an illustrator, a video biographer, a blogger, a workshop leader, a videographer and a photographer.
Conover is the author of four novels (Another Goddamn Novel About The Collapsing Quantum Multiverse, Bokur, A Madness and Siobeth) and is a lapsed member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. His science fiction short stories have appeared in four paperback anthologies. He is currently at work on his fifth novel.
He received his certification as a mechanic from the United Bicycle Institute of Portland, Ore., in August 2010, and operated CHS Uptown Bikes, a mobile repair service, from 2012-15.
He has been married to Janet Edens Conover since 1999. They have four children (David Hartsell, Luke Conover, Lee Hartsell and Callie Hartsell) from previous marriages.