Interview with D.L. Lang

Published 2020-05-25.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I moved around a lot as a child, yet spent the latter half of my childhood and graduated high school in Enid, Oklahoma, a city of about 50,000 people located in Northwestern Oklahoma, so I tend to think of that as my hometown. I wrote the majority of my first poetry book while living there. This is reflected in my poetry on occasion, but I also am fascinated by the history of that place and poems like "Dining with your Skeleton" and "Blanton-Kiowa Line" reflect a love for where I grew up. I now live in the bay area in California, which is the polar opposite in a lot of ways, but I retain friends in both places.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was 10 or 11 years of age. I started out writing short stories, fan fiction, and song lyrics. Around age 13 I became more interested in writing poetry, deeply influenced by the music of the 1960s, and that love stayed with me into adulthood. It has always been a way of coping with the world around me, raging against injustice, and a way of cheering myself up which later transformed into using my words to uplift others. I would scratch out poems even when other occupations were my livelihood. Though my first four books feature a large portion of poems written in my teens and twenties, the majority of my work was written in my 30s.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I used to write a lot of Three Stooges fanfic. The first story that moved beyond that genre was a forty page western, inspired by the play acting that I did with the neighborhood boys. I tried to write a young adult novel about a kid in junior high, yet after 120 pages, and two years of work, the computer I'd been typing on crashed and I lost access to Lotus Works as well as a lot of that current draft. I also wrote a lot of Monkees and Beatles fanfic as a teenager. I now largely stick to writing poetry and back my files up religiously. A lot of why I publish is to archive my poems permanently.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use the Kindle app on an iPad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Going out to open mics and reading my work to a live audience has been the most effective. In my case charisma sells books.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like retaining the rights to my work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Its meditative quality.
What are you working on next?
My 14th poetry collection.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy walking in nature, spending time with my synagogue community, and listening to live music.
What is your writing process?
Usually, I'll get inspired when I am doing something else like being out in nature, listening to music, praying at synagogue, or trying to fall asleep. If I have my iPod or iPad near by, I will dictate some lines or record myself, and go back and transcribe and edit it later. If not, I'll grab the nearest piece of paper and jot it down, or if even that isn't available, I try to memorize it. If I get one line and make the time and space to receive more, more will easily follow in rapid succession. I compile all my poetry into a document with a table of contents over the course of six months to a year, so I have access to it while out performing. Around 100 pages, I form it into a book, cut out poetry that I no longer like, proofread, and publish.
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Books by This Author

Resting on My Laurels
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 12,520. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2020. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death, Poetry » Female authors
Resting on my Laurels contains 86 poems including many written, performed, and published during D.L. Lang’s tenure as the 2nd Poet Laureate of Vallejo.
The Cafe of Dreams
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 6,090. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2020. Categories: Poetry » Spiritual, Poetry » Female authors
The Cafe of Dreams is D.L. Lang's 11th poetry book containing poetry written between April and August 2018. It is a mixture of autobiographical, spiritual, political, and nature poetry. It features the award winning poems and several selections written for events during D.L. Lang's tenure as Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California.
Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,940. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2020. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is D.L. Lang's 9th poetry collection. It is comprised of over 100 pages of inspirational, personal, fictional, and political poetry. It contains the poems "The Sixties" and "Lift Off!" which received blue ribbons at the 2017 Marin County Fair, and "Expectations of a Future" which was awarded a Silver Award rosette at the 2017 Alameda County Fair.
Earthen Rovings: Poems on Mother Nature and the Environment
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 6,610. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2020. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature, Poetry » Female authors
This volume contains selections of nature poetry culled from D.L. Lang's full length poetry collections published between 2011 and 2020.
Wanderings: Selected Poems by D.L. Lang
Price: Free! Words: 4,620. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Female authors, Poetry » American poetry » General
This chapbook contains poems previously published in full length poetry collections. It is a small sampling of the poetry published by D.L Lang, 2017-2019 Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California.