DM Coffman, author

The Latest

Here they are--the first two books of my Net thriller series. They both received 5-Stars from Reader's Favorite. Book #1 is The Net Conspiracy. Readers' Favorite said: "The Net Conspiracy by DM Coffman is a conspiracy thriller that will have you biting your nails and holding your breath. Packed with action and filled with rich details. I loved the subject matter. I can't wait for the next installment." Book #2 is The Hainan Conflict. Reader's Favorite said: "The Hainan Conflict has every ingredient I look for in a novel: intelligent, brave protagonist; cold, calculating villain; scenes so descriptive I felt I was there; tension and suspense, exploding with action. I was completely hooked."

Where do I get story/character ideas? Well, personal experiences while living in China, for a start. Then, news. Yes, there's a lot more truth than fiction in these books. For example, the following are true:

  • The United States sponsored judicial training for China's judges when China received permanent normal trade status with the World Trade Organization.
  • A strange woman came to our door while we taught at Peking University, claiming to be a news editor with knowledge of terrorists in south China.
  • In the past, China's judges were often required to rule based on the dictates of their superiors based on personal favors, family connections, money--not the law.
  • Counterfeiting and corruption are problems negatively impacting China's foreign business relationships.
  • A Russian virologist did sell bio-weapons to Iraq; a strain of deadly smallpox was purposefully released in a populated area of Kazakhstan; China tried to cover up the SARS epidemic.
  • Hainan Island has many caves, which were used by the Women's Army there; military training was conducted along Yalong Bay; there is a primitive village near Sanya that is a matriarchal society and the leaders faces are tattooed; there was a modern computer setup in a makeshift tent in the village; a man in black did drop down out of the trees; 10,000 crabs did suddenly and mysteriously come ashore.
  • The midair collision between a US spy plane and a Chinese jet occurred April 1, 2001, requiring the top-secret US plane to land on Hainan. The news reports in China and the US differed greatly.

About the Author

DM Coffman specializes in clean fiction, tackling adult themes without the use of offensive language, graphic sex or extreme violence. She is the author of The Net thriller series starting with The Net Conspiracy, The Hainan Conflict, and The Panama Contagion (to be released in 2020). She also wrote the Whitney Award nominated thriller The Hainan Incident published by Covenant Communications, Inc. which is an LDS version of the first two books in the Net series. In non-fiction, she authored Above the Best: The Remarkable Life of Seeley E. Ralphs which received a five-star review by Reader’s Favorite, and China Through the Eyes of Her Students providing a glimpse at life in China through the uncensored writing journals of her students at Peking University in Beijing and South China University of Technology in Guangzhou.

DM and her husband lived in the People’s Republic of China from 2000-2004 where they taught with the Brigham Young University China Teachers Program and the US-sponsored World Trade Organization China Judicial Training Program. She wrote A Peking University Coursebook on English Exposition Writing, published by Peking University Press, and served as an editor and foreign consultant for English educational texts produced by China’s Ministry of Education from 2004-2007. She has a M.Ed. from Brigham Young University and a B.B.A. from National University. Prior to living in China, DM and her husband worked in the legal profession in Washington, DC. They now reside in Spanish Fork, Utah.


Fiction

Carousel imageAn evil presence has been allowed to set up operations on a small island in the South China Sea. Funded by heroin shipments coming out of northern China, their plans include vicious attacks on Americans worldwide and in the United States to subvert US involvement in the Middle East. Jason Yi is an American attorney sent to China as an undercover spy in the US-Sino World Trade Organization Judicial Training Program held in Beijing. China’s judges must be trained in the rule of law as part of its WTO permanent normal trade status. Yi’s task is to expose corruption in China’s judicial system that prevents fair trade relations. With the aid of fellow judges and a strange woman with facial markings, a list of corrupt officials and their activities is being assembled. However, at least one individual who does not want to be exposed is on to Yi’s mission. He will do anything, including murder, to prevent Yi from succeeding.  The Net Conspiracy is the first book in the Hainan Net thriller series. Coffman writes clean dialogue and avoids graphic sex and violence within a storyline of international intrigue, terrorism, and suspense.Carousel image

Non-Fiction

Here is my latest book, which received a five-star review from Reader's Favorite: Above the Best: The Remarkable Life of Seeley E. Ralphs a biography about my father's life. He lived according to the motto of his graduating class at the California Highway Patrol Academy “with wisdom and courage” in serving his country and the people around him even after he retired from the CHP force. His military career was also a hallmark in his life and flying played a significant part. He flew privately as well as for the California Highway Patrol, the Army and the Navy, and he was an aeronautical engineer for the Air Force. As stated in the graduation song from his 1960 U.S. Army Aviation School class, he was one of the “flyboys of the Army . . . we’re the flying men ABOVE THE BEST.” He was an adventurous man who embraced a way of life filled with honor, patriotism, and a unique ability to not only try new things but to quickly excel at them. It is this spirit that set him on a variety of paths, becoming many things in his life: a motorcycle cop, a master aviator airplane and helicopter pilot, a traffic news reporter, an Army officer, and many more. He was exemplary in his courage, his focus, his sense of adventure and his drive. But this story begins with painful news: Seeley's days are numbered. He has metastasized melanoma. From pioneer roots and humble beginnings to flyboy and civil servant and many things in between, Seeley’s life was rich with exper-ience—a life that brought much inspiration and contribution to his community and his country. Tender and strong memories of the author’s childhood with this remarkable father are shared as Seeley’s daring life concludes down the path of cancer fighter.Seeing China through the windows of a tourist bus does not tell the real story of China. Even history books, travel logs and news reports can be misleading. While serving as a foreign expert and English teacher at several prestigious universities in China, my students kept personal journals as part of their writing assignments. I was stunned by what I read. For example, one young lady wrote, “Until I went away to school, my father beat me every day of my life because I wasn’t born a boy.” Not surprising, she took a boy’s name as her English name. Chinese culture has placed enormous importance on male children—especially when families are limited to having only one child. But they believe there are important reasons for doing so.This book is an uncensored look at life in the People’s Republic of China. From political issues and sheltered perspectives, to stressful family situations, mixed with warmth, humor, the innocence of first-time love, and other universal young adult struggles, this compilation of my students’ writings paints an honest picture of the homeland that these students love. My emotions ran the gamut as I experienced China through their eyes.

Reviews

“Above the Best: The Remarkable Life of Seeley E. Ralphs is an inspiring biography and a story that will encourage readers to give everything when they love something. Told in beautiful prose and with well-reconstructed dialogues, this book will stir the hearts of readers.”

--Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite

“Coffman has written a novel that is high on suspense and introduces Asian cultural elements unfamiliar to most Americans. . . . I found the style quite similar to that of Tom Clancy . . . The story is powerful and keeps the reader turning pages, unable to put it down. The background is fascinating. . . . The characters are well-defined, the protagonists are likable, and even the bad guys are interesting. The plot moves forward in a fast-paced excellent fiction arc. Suspense and action readers will enjoy this one.”

--Jennie Hansen for Meridian Magazine

“The author writes in a concise, spare style with dialogue that flows authentically. Occasionally she throws in a few Chinese phrases, which are translated in the same sentence, adding a nice flavor to the dialogue. The chapters are short and cinematic in nature.”

--Rosemarie Howard for The Deseret News

“Holy Cow – I just finished a gooooood book this week that cost me a LOT of sleep. . . . I thoroughly enjoyed the Hainan Incident and I heartily recommend it. . . . It was well written, engaging, believable, even compelling.”

--Cindy Suelzle for What’s New with LDS Books n Things

The Whitney Award nominated suspense thriller The Hainan Incident is “a thrilling ride through modern terrorism and Chinese culture. Nonstop action makes it impossible to put this book down until you’ve turned the last page.”

--Traci Hunter Abramson, author