I’m Darien, 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 book, Writing the Hawaii’i Memoir, won an award that I’m proud of. For a couple of years I wrote a column, The Writer’s Corner, for our local paper. I have a handful of cookbooks for my food blog. I kicked off my career writing under the name Mia King.
In addition to a new novel, I’ve been working on a micro-narrative creative nonfiction project about the women in my matrilineal line, including my grandfather’s three wives. A selection of the work was named as a finalist for the Tupelo Quarterly Prose Open Prize, and another selection was runner-up for the Ryan R. Gibbs Flash Contest (judged by Colin Winnette). Other work can be found at Columbia Journal, Delmarva Review, Tupelo Quarterly, New Delta Review, Shanghai Literary Review, and CALYX Journal (forthcoming).
I am the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant, and received a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center this past spring. For the past 19 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.