About Me: D. A. Smith

D. A. SmithDennis Anderson Smith grew up in Hammond, Indiana with his mother and 15 siblings. He cites his mother as the greatest influence on his developing character, with her wisest motto being, “It doesn’t matter how you treat me; it matters how I treat you.” His home life and relationships also instilled in him a work ethic and tenacity that allows Dennis to keep going long after others would have given up.

In between “regular jobs,” Dennis made a career as a musical and performing artist. He made two releases with his now-defunct band, Lucky Dogg, and his music is available here for listening.

He also made himself available to help out friends and family, which is how he made his way into publishing. Using techniques he picked up to help himself learn, and sage advice from his own experience, he was able to help several of his nieces and nephews through school. That advice and wisdom became That’s Smart! How to Improve Learning Habits, which he released in 2010 to critical praise. To get the best deal for himself and his customers, he founded Lions Quarter Publishing that same year to release That’s Smart!—now in its second edition and future titles, one of them being Black on Black.

Black on Black was inspired by his feelings of anger and frustration, not just at violent crime, but Americans’ increasingly blasé attitude towards it, as evinced by a co-worker’s comment: “Man was meant to kill.” Dennis wrote Black on Black to frame and deliver his counter-argument to that statement.

A portion of proceeds from sales of the novel and other Black on Black properties will go to assisting victims of violent crime and their survivors.

Smith has several more projects in the works. He is working on bringing his new play The 9/11 Project to the stage. Several works based on the music and lyrics Smith wrote for this Project will premiere shortly. You can find more information at https://www.dasmith911.com/

For more information, you can contact Dennis Smith at dasmith@lionsquarter.com or phone him at 1-866-856-HERO (4376) or (219) 932-5531.

or you can write him at

Dennis A. Smith
635–165th Street
Hammond, IN 46324-1336

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  3. Some years back at Paul Henry’s Art Gallery I was given a copy of his novel Black on Black and I’ve recently unearthed from my stacks and have been reading it. Quite frankly, this is interesting work and very in-depth to more of the backroom conversation that go on in the Black American Community across the US and need to brought to attention more often than just thru independent writers such as our humble author Mr. D. A. Smith. Thank you for the gift and I will chime in again once I’ve finished the book.

Also on LionsQuarter.com:

  • That's Smart! That's Smart! Lions Quarter is proud to announce our updated, expanded Second Edition of our flagship learning program That's Smart! How to Improve Learning Habits! Print/CD kit $39.99 at our Lions Quarter Store! eBook and MP3 only $19.99!
  • The 9/11 Project The 9/11 Project The 9/11 Project When America called for heroes, they answered. The story of “everyday heroes” who enlisted to serve in the War on Terror and the ones back home - a history of the first decade of the 21st century as seen through their eyes. ON SALE NOW.
  • Black on Black Black on Black Theft, deceit and murder—all in the name of God. When a church youth counselor in a South Side neighborhood tries to protect her “children” from gang violence, she finds herself in a life-and-death conflict with evil. NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK!