Author Interview: Deborah L. King

Welcome back to Writing Wednesday and today I have yet another interview. Today guest is a mother, Trekkie, and Author Deborah King. Without spoiling any thing else, as always I’ll let her do the talking, enjoy.

  • Please introduce yourself before we begin.

My name is Deborah L. King. I’ve been a writer and storyteller my whole life.  I published my first short story when I was seven years old. When I’m not writing, I enjoy cartoons, cooking, photography, and Star Trek.  Born and raised in Chicago, I have managed to achieve all my childhood dreams and still live in the area with my husband and two youngest children. According to my daughter, I have “literally aced my life!”

  • Every writer has an origin story to tell, what is yours?

My first story and poems were written in second grade. My teachers often shared my poems with the class.  In sixth and seventh grades I had teachers that not only encouraged writing, they let me write anything I wanted…no matter how inappropriate.  I continued to write poetry and storied into adulthood, even trying my hand at song lyrics.  I began my first official novel many, many years ago, and after many rounds of editing, GLORY BISHOP was published in 2019.

  • What was the first story, poem or novel you ever worked on?

I remember my first poems were Colors and Snow in the City.  I wrote them in second grade.  I also published my first short story, As the Church Bells Ring, when I was seven.  It was the story of a church closing because the bells didn’t work.  It had a happy ending.

  • What is the hardest thing about writing?

The hardest thing about writing is writing.  My characters don’t always want to talk to me and sometimes I struggle to get words out.

  • What Genres do you write in and do you have a favorite?

Right now, I’m writing women’s literary fiction.  I have written everything from children’s books to extremely adult stories.  My favorite genre is whatever I happen to be writing at the moment.

  • Why do you write?

I write because the voices in my head are clawing their way out into the world.  Ok…seriously, I write because my dreams tell me stories and I have to get them out.

  • Favorite author and/or book series?

My favorite author is mostly Octavia Butler, but my favorite series is The Chronicles of Narnia.  I was once madly into Archie comics and Star Trek books, too.

  • Okay, the tough question here. It’s no secret that Mental health is important for writers. Seeing that I want to be more of an advocate for it, is there any advice you like to give to people to keep fighting, whether you’re dealing with it personally or know someone that is?

The quest for perfection can be crushing and can lead to debilitating depression and self-doubt. Don’t do that to yourself. If all you can do is sit on the couch, it’s better than staying in bed.  If you only feel up to eating cereal, it’s better than not eating at all.  If you can’t write 500 words today, celebrate writing 50, or even 5.  Any forward motion is better than no motion and if all you can do is a little bit, that’s fine.  Whatever amount you do is better than doing nothing. 

  • Before we leave is there anything you’re working on now or anything you have released?

My second book is with the editor now.  It should be out in the spring of 2021.

  1. Finally, anything you want to say to new writers/artists?

Keep writing. You can’t please everybody, and rejection is definitely gonna happen.  Don’t let that stop you.  Keep writing.

There you have it folks, but unfortunately that’s all the time I have for you all. So, please remember to read, write, or create whatever it is your doing, and have fun doing it.

“For me, Literacy means freedom. For the individual and for society.”

-Levar Burton

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