Interview with DK Walker

When did you first start writing?
I'd like to say after my first box of crayons, but before Crayola found it's way in my life I always seem to keep a running story in my head since I was kinda an introvert as a child. That didn't last long because when I decided to talk I wouldn't shut up so my mother would push me to write to save her ears (lol).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and reared in Washington DC. And since our Nations Capital has always been a place lush in history and diverse in culture I too try to capture that in my writing style. With urban lit flooding the markets I pride myself in going a little deeper in the stories I chose to share with my readers.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book 'A Boy And His Joyless Smile' is a coming of age story that's far from typical as we look at the main character's life in an in-depth way that may shed some light on the horrific wrong he has done as he struggles with who he really is. Giving you full insight to what happen to Kevin McCall (main character) will give you a possible reason why he makes the glaringly wrong choices, but it's up to the reader to decide if those choices could be understood better since you get to walk in Kevin's shoes.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I work for someone else already; there was no way, no how that I was going to work for someone in dictating my dream. True there is more work to do when you go the indie route, but to me its so worth it to look back and say that was all me. And plus as an indie author you will work harder knowing that it's YOU that will make the difference in you being an indie author or an indie author ho is KNOWN.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Passing out flyers to potential customers. There's nothing like social media true, but I believe to leave a lasting impression on someone it's best to go out and interact with your target market. And if a person claims that they don't read you can kindly ask them to pass it on to someone who does. More times than not they will, you can't have a person pass around your latest status update (lol), so old fashion flyer passing and meeting the people works best for me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creative freedom. I love who words and scenes can play with a persons emotion if pitched just right. My first book The Ugly Side of Sex had such varied responses to it and I was shocked at most of them. I thought I was in the shocking business.
Who are your favorite authors?
James Patterson, 50 Cent and Robert Green, Jess Mowry, Harlan Coben, Terry McMillian, Robert Ludlum, and Christopher Wallace AKA Biggie Smalls. Big didn't write a book but he had a song called Nigga's Bleed that to me is the best story I have ever heard in my life. If you ask me what's my goal that would be it. To try and capture every essence of a dynamic story using as less as possible. I'm getting there, watch me!!!
What is your writing process?
Hmmmm. It's crazy but it's all in my head. I will think up the most shocking opening and then close with the most satisfying climax. Now my goal is to weave the most believable story in between. To keep the flow even keel as possible as I connect the beginning and end. And while doing so give the characters the room to breath grow and most of all live. Don't be scared to make them not popular or most of all fallible humans.
How do you approach cover design?
I think your cover should tell a story in itself even without the title. I usually draw on what I want my title to look like by what the essence of my book is and of course it has to be different to stand out from everything else that looks the same now a days. Like with my writing I go over and over my cover design in my head and then I start to gather pictures that match what I mentally see. It's pretty much down hill from there as I tweek it here and there until what's in my head is now in everyone's sight
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Great question. I had read many before it, but there were two comic books that had me wanting more like people now fiend for that television show Scandal. The first was called the Death of Captain Marvel and the other comic book was when The Incredible Hulk's girlfriend had died. Keep in mind this was late 70's and early eights so for death in comics back then was rare. And I was always transfixed on how super heroes dealt with something even all their heroics couldn't stop. I was a kid but I literally felt for the characters.
What do your fans mean to you?
A fan means more to me than a customer. What I mean by that is if a person buys your book and you never hear from them again, i.e. no review, they don't hit you up through social media, etc. It leaves me wanting to know if they enjoyed the experience I was trying to provide for them. Now a fan will go out their way to give you feed back on your work. whether it's good, bad, or indifferent, at least you know they felt a certain way about what you've written. And to have a conversation about that is truly priceless; to know how your work was perceived by them is the best compliment I can get. Plus a fan will spread the word about your book and nothing beats word of mouth when something is good.
What are you working on next?
without giving much away lets just say I'm about to make a whole lot of Black women mad with my next project... In a good way of course.
Published 2013-10-24.
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Books by This Author

A Boy And His Joyless Smile
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,920. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life, Fiction » African American fiction » General
Follow Kevin’s coming of age story as it takes him on a journey of what looks like the life of a typical curious child that gives way to a struggling teenager, only ending up as a lost man alone at the cross roads of life’s right and wrong
The Ugly Side of Sex
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,690. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Erotica
The Ugly side of Sex is a voyeur's dream as the reader is given privy to an intimate conversation; the last intimate conversation a person will have. The sex is graphic; over the top, and in your face. So much that you are dampened by it's moisture and your nose is filled by the aroma from deeply aroused loins. But sex is only one of many layers to the story of an addict who runs from help...