Literary Treasures: Darnish King
Darnisha King is born and raised on The Westside of Chicago. During a tough time in her life, she started to write; she hasn’t put the pen down yet. Through her writing techniques, you can see a story, you can feel emotion, and you can remember a time in your life when you felt the exact same way as some characters in her books. She wants to take you on a realistic urban ride so that you can see things through her eyes.
KG: What is your favorite genre? Why?
DK: Romance, Self-Help, Urban Lit.
KG: How many books do you read a month?
DK: I used to read at least 8 or more per month. I don’t have as much time anymore, but because I am in a book club – I get through at least 3 per month.
KG: Did you ever consider hiring a literary agent and shopping your manuscript to a major publisher, why or why not?
DK: Literary agent – yes. But for promotion and helping me meet the right people. Major Publisher – No. Those days are long gone if you ask me. With the evolution of technology and Social Media – you can really do it on your own if you continue to stay steadfast and push toward your goal.
KG: Describe your writing life.
DK: Some authors say that they have voices in their head and they have to get it out. Me – not so much. I write as the story comes to me. I let it flow and then I see how it turns out.
KG: How have you handled an unhappy reader regarding a book you wrote?
DK: I have not had many. Out of the nearly 140 reviews that I have, only 4 of them are 3-star reviews. I take it with a grain of salt. The truth is – what satisfies me and someone else will not satisfy everyone. It is the way of the world. I can’t drive myself nuts by trying to please everyone. Now with that being said, I take all responses into consideration when developing my characters. If more people hated it then loved it, it has to be a reason for that and I have to do my due diligence to change that.
KG: What is one word to best describe your writing style?
DK: Depth. I’m going to make sure that all of the main characters have a back story. And you won’t just hear the story as it is told – they will actually speak to you. Furthermore, I will not just concentrate on one facet of urban lit. I will talk about God, Love, Sex, Drugs, Money, Abuse, Chivalry, Lust —- all of it!
KG: What is your biggest obstacle being a self-published author?
DK: Exposure. I am working, though, so this won’t be a big obstacle for long.
(By the way… I am signed with a small publishing company: MLP)
KG: What advice would you give an aspiring author?
DK: Don’t stop. Keep going. I started in 2007, and I didn’t publish until 2014 and then I just stopped. My publisher actually came and found me, because I had stopped pushing myself to keep writing. Furthermore, research, good content, editing and finding a loyal audience are very important.
KG: What is the name of your publishing company?
DK: Marvelous Leaders Publication (MLP)
KG: What are your thoughts on the ebook craze? Do you think paperbacks are becoming extinct?
DK: The ebook craze is cool. The fixation on the books being free and $.99 is RIDICULOUS. But Paperbacks are not extinct. I still purchase paperbacks and all of my books are available in paperback and they sell and make me more money than the ebooks.
KG: What do you think about e-books priced $2.99 and below? Is this a reflection of the authors’ worth?
DK: It’s RIDICULOUS. It is not a reflection of the authors worth, it is just a trend that almost has to be followed. But I HATE it for full books. If it’s a book under 65 pages – then I get it. But for full stories – it makes no sense. But I digress. Because right now, it is what it is.
KG: How important is pricing?
DK: If you want to make money, it is very important. However, the more you persevere and keep pushing, the prices will increase and the money will come. You just have to keep at it. My motto is ABW: Always Be Writing. If you follow that – you will be able to price at your own price point, soon.
KG: What are your thoughts on the current state of literary?
DK: The market is overly saturated with people who don’t have a passion for writing. Some people really want a quick buck and you can tell that in the stories. This kind of overshadows good writers and good work. But again, I’ll say — DO NOT STOP. Keep pushing because you will reap what you sow and you shall reap, if you faint not.
KG: What is the literary success to you?
DK: Multiple times New York Times Best Seller. Being able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Having your work turned into the screen and play writes. Having an email list of over 800,000 loyal readers. Things like that.
KG: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
DK: New York Times Best Selling Author. Enjoying the fruits of my labor. Watching my work on the big screen. An email list that exceeds 800,000 loyal readers. Owning a mini-mall that has the largest and most successful book store in my state. On a book tour, that is also a vacation for my family and myself. A Millionaire. “I’m going to WIN!”
For more info on Darnisha visit www.darnishaking.com.
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