I’m Darien. Writer-ish. Libra. Lover of books and chocolate.
I’m the author of the novels, The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society and Friendship Bread, as well as the Avalon novellas, An Avalon Christmas and An Avalon Valentine. You can find those books here. My titles have been translated into 14 languages and are selections of the Doubleday, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club book clubs. My nonfiction craft book, Writing the Hawaiʻi Memoir, won the 2015 Hawaiʻi Book Publishers’ Ka Palapala Poʻokela Book Award. For a couple of years I wrote a column, The Writer’s Corner, for our local paper. I have three cookbooks for my food blog, Friendship Bread Kitchen. I kicked off my career writing under the name Mia King.
For the past couple of years, I’ve been working on a project about the women in my matrilineal line, including my grandfather’s three wives, called Other Small Histories. This work won the 2019 Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowship award, selected by the poet Patricia Smith, and will be published in the summer of 2020.
I am a recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant, and a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. I was recently nominated for my first Pushcart Prize (at 51!). For the past 20 years I’ve made my home on the Big Island of Hawaii with one husband and three kids.
A few years back, I talked about the writer’s life. You can read that here at Writer’s Digest.