Dorien Grey, author of Caesar's Fall

A teaser about Caesar's Fall:

Elliott Smith has a new neighbor; a nice, average guy who has won $57 million in the lottery. The sharks start to circle, and Elliott tries to protect him as best he can. But a tragic accident throws Elliott, his partner-in-process Steve, and sleep-visitor John into the roiling waters.

I've "known" Dorien Grey for a long time via the Internet, but really didn't know much about him, so I asked for some background information and here it is. He's just as intriguing as I always suspected.

Background of Dorien Grey

If it is possible to have a split personality without being schizophrenic, Dorien Grey qualifies. When long-time book and magazine editor Roger Margason chose the pseudonym “Dorien Grey” for his first book, it set off a chain of circumstances which has led to the comfortable division of labor and responsibility. Roger has charge of day-to-day existence, freeing Dorien—with the help of Roger’s fingers—to write. It has reached the point where Roger merely sits back and reads the stories Dorien brings forth on the computer screen.

It’s not as though Roger has not had an uninteresting life of his own. Two years into college, he left to join the Naval Aviation Cadet program. Washing out after a year, he spent the rest of his brief military career on an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean at the height of the cold war. The journal he kept of his time in the military, in the form of letters home, honed his writing skills and provided him with a wealth of experiences to draw from in his future writing. These letters will be appearing in book form shortly.

Returning to Northern Illinois University after service, he graduated with a B.A. in English, and embarked on a series of jobs which worked him into the editing field. While working for a Los Angeles publishing house, he was instrumental in establishing a division exclusively for the publication of gay paperbacks and magazines, of which he became editor. He moved on to edit a leading L.A. based international gay men's magazine.

Tiring of earthquakes, brush fires, mud slides, and riots, he returned to the Midwest, where Dorien emerged, full-blown, like Venus from the sea. They’ve been inseparable (and interchangeable) ever since.

He . . . and Dorien of course…moved back to Chicago in 2006, where they now devote full time to writing. After having published thirteen books in the popular Dick Hardesty Mystery series, the western/romance/adventure novel, Calico, and the imminent publication of Caesar's Fall, the third book in his new Elliott Smith Mystery series, he is busily at work on yet another Dick Hardesty mystery.

But for a greater insight into the "real person" behind Dorien Grey, the curious are invited to check out his website ( and his various blogs: Dorien Grey and Me ( and A Life in Photos ( among them.

There is nothing Dorien loves more than hearing from a reader...or potential. If you'd like to contact him, just drop him a note at

Thank you, Dorien for letting us know more about you and your other self.



Dorien/Roger said…
Marilyn, I should have posted this note of thanks much earlier. I really appreciate your kindness, and am sure it has helped me in my search for new readers.

Thank you again, and keep up the good work.

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