Wednesday, February 2, 2011

WW Featured Writer: D.L. King

 "Writing a novel is like tightrope walking blind folded. You can't trust yourself to see your project clearly and need help getting across and keeping on track."

~D.L. King

If I were feeling manipulative, I would challenge each and every one of you to try finding a nicer young writer than D.L. King.  Why?  Because I would so win that challenge!

She is a proud YA and picture book writer currently seeking agent representation.  Furthermore, she has volunteered with several writing and literacy organizations, including SCWBI, Washington Reading Crops, and America Reads.  

Today's feature revolves around a passionate young woman who, as far as I'm concerned, will be making her literary debut any minute now.  Fellow writers, I encourage you to remember this name.  And when you see it prominently displayed in your local bookstore,  send me a quick note confirming I was right about this one.

Ms. King's talent was evident from the moment she introduced herself.  After realizing I had a new follower on Twitter, I investigated her profile which connected me to her five-star blog.  Honestly, if you have never before journeyed to this destination, do yourself a favor and click the link.  Aside from being a forum for sharing ideas pertaining to YA trends, D.L. has compiled an extensive collection of resources for writers in any genre.  Her blog is a great place to network with writers in all stages of the process, including those awaiting publication.

Within seconds of browsing, it became impressively obvious D.L. is a writer who does her homework.  She is beyond supportive of her fellow writers and goes to great lengths for promoting debut authors.  Her recent interview with novelist Ty Roth is just one example.  Ms. King's extensive knowledge of the craft and publishing industry makes her an excellent resource to the writing community.  She has truly mastered what it takes to make it in this tough business.

Ms. King never presents herself as anything less than professional.  Her interactions with others are both positive and educational.  It's refreshing to see an insightful young mind working diligently to accomplish her dream.  Furthermore, she is equally passionate about writing AND reading.  D.L. is a true advocate for literacy; she has taken on projects such as organizing a teen book club and implementing reading awareness programs for elementary school students.  As a former teacher myself, I can vouch this kind of enthusiasm for literacy is a rare gem in today's society.  I love that she takes time to share her passion with children - they will clearly benefit from her dedication.
   
D.L. has completed four picture books and has two others in the works.  Her YA manuscript, Scarlette Hood, is a dark retelling of LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD that takes place in 18th century France.  In her recent interview with Dorothy Dreyer at We Do Write, D.L. explains she has been writing since the age of five.  And although many of us know that familiar struggle to put our best foot forward, D.L. shows no signs of slowing down; she will be writing for years to come.

If you're in the mood to connect with an outstanding writer who is wickedly talented, reach out and introduce yourself to D.L. King.  She can be found on twitter, facebook, or through her blog, which again is a site worth following regularly.

10 comments:

  1. Wow, Paul! I'm really flattered. Thanks so much for your #WW feature. What a great idea!

    I still have that writing project from the end of the year in kindergarten somewhere. We got a picture of a bear as a writing prompt, and we were supposed to think up a story and write down just a handful of words, we'd learned that year, to describe our story. For some strange reason that activity really stuck out to me (*wink*) and little did I know, was the beginning of the end... :)

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  2. Great #WW. I agree, very sweet person. :)

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  3. Wow, nice to meet you King. This is a really good look into what you do. Congratulations on finishing so many of the picture books. The blog looks great and I shall join in on the discussions involving trends. One of my favorite subjects.

    Evil is on the rise.

    Draven Ames

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  4. Thanks for the comments, everyone.

    DL - I have my first story also. It was about 50 handwritten pages I did for a 6th grade novel unit. It was my favorite middle school activity and I never forgot the experience. I have a good amount of writing from elementary school saved, and kept every paper I did in HS and college, though why I want those is beyond me. The only thing I ever lost was a poem I wrote in 9th grade. Naturally, it was my favorite piece.

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  5. I love that you're featuring aspiring writers!

    Alex
    Breakfast Every Hour

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  6. Thanks, Julie! You're tops.

    Also, it's great to meet you Matthew, Draven, and Alex. Glad we all hooked up via Twitter, Facebook, etc.

    Paul: That is so great that you kept your assignments and writing. In my opinion, if it's anything anyone should keep, it should be things they've written and books they owned as a child.

    I had some childhood books that accidentally thrown out and since then have tried to track down what they were (Amazon's publication date search feature has been a great help.). But! I have kept all my writing and lots of school assignments and stories. They are precious to me.

    Also thanks for listing me on your "Legendary Ladies of Blogosphere!" I'm honored!

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  7. I wish DL much success!
    And an award awaits you at my blog good sir!

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  8. LOVE D. L. and can't wait for the right person to read Scarlette Hood and fall in love with it! Enjoyed reading this, and the rest of the blog as well. Nice to connect with so many YA-friendly writers!

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  9. Awww, Rusty, thanks for your comment and for your support! You're the best!

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