Dana dreamed of being a detective as a little girl. She was obsessed with Sherlock Holmes and mystery novels. She was actually teaching non-traditional undergraduates when she felt God pressing on her heart to make a move to teach elementary education. She enjoys teaching at a Christian school because she is able to share the love of Jesus every single day.
Between the ages of 7–10, she insisted that everyone call her "Daring Detective Dana" and she charged $3 to solve cases such as the Mysterious Missing Remote and the Shocking Case of the Stolen Wind Chimes.
She has an identical twin, Christina, who is her polar opposite.