Douglas "D.J." Lutz


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Self-portrait during the Covid-19 era


The Short Version

Douglas Lutz is a Virginia-based storyteller. His debut novel, The Apple Pie Alibi, will be rereleased in 2022, followed soon after by its sequel, Milk Chocolate Murders, both on Amazon KDP. For his latest exploits, follow Doug on Facebook @AuthorDJLutz, Instagram @1cookingwriter and at

The Better Version


Pre-Covid, Douglas Lutz worked inside the confines of a corporate gray cubicle, providing administrative support for a global financial management company. On the side, he was a successful corporate reporter, covering topics ranging from diversity, equity, and inclusion to fixed income sales. Sound boring? Perhaps to some, but Doug loved his company, his coworkers, and even his work. And the coffee was free!

From the onset of the Covid era, Doug continues the same work, except, as an essential worker (the company is part of the banking industry) he alternates working one week in a nearly deserted office and one week at home. But the coffee is still free. What's not to love?

Doug has had short stories published in two anthologies, The World Unknown Review, Vol. 1 (Engler) and Fifty Shades of Cabernet (Koehler.) The debut novel of his Winnie Kepler Culinary Mystery Series, The Apple Pie Alibi was published in 2017 (Koehler.) Doug has regained the rights to this novel and will revise / republish it in 2022 under Amazon KDP. Soon after will follow the sequel, Milk Chocolate Murders. The third book in the series, Wedding Cake Witness, is currently being outlined.

Years earlier...

As a young lad, Doug took Benjamin Franklin's words to heart, "... Do something worth writing." Many summers were spent hiking the highlands of Nicaragua and Honduras as part of volunteer public health teams. Later, music became a focus and Doug became the first saxophonist with a local nightclub band called Dallas Brass & Electric. Wanderlust and a need for a job with health benefits pushed Doug into spending the next 21years traveling the world as a Marine Corps musician, composer/arranger and band leader.

Music was an adventure, but to help pay the bills, Doug found work in Norfolk, Virginia as a line cook and bartender at The Banque, one of the largest country-western honky tonks on the Eastern Seaboard. We won't talk about his collateral duty as, ahem, a floor manager. Regardless, the world of the professional kitchen became a prime influence on Doug's writing.

Doug currently lives in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia with his wife of over 30 years, and a special needs puppy named Sassafras, along with a pair of sketchy cats thant probably shouldn't be trusted. Enter Tink and Beans from stage left. 


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