Interview with D.L. Lang

Published 2021-06-19.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I moved around a lot as a child. I lived in Herleshausen, Germany, Santa Fe, Texas, and Alexandria, Louisiana during my early childhood. I spent the latter half of my childhood 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 in Enid. All these places are reflected in my poetry on occasion. Poems like "Dining with your Skeleton," “East Maine Noms,” and "Blanton-Kiowa Line" are just some of many poems inspired by Enid. “That Which the Realtor Cannot Itemize” is about our familial home in Herleshausen. I haven’t written much about Santa Fe or Alexandria, aside from the occasional Mardi Gras reference, but that’s only because my memory fails me, having lived in those places at a very young age. The majority of my work was composed while living as an adult in Vallejo, California.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember making up stories with my dad when I was a little kid long before I could read or write, and that’s probably the root of my storytelling ability.
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?
When I was eight years old I loved the television show Get Smart, and decided I wanted to be a spy, so I used to make up these elaborate stories in my head about what I observed and write them down in a notebook. One day I got in trouble for doing this at school. One teacher reprimanded me and took away my notebook, and another told me that I was very creative and should be a writer. It took a few more years for that idea to sink into my psyche.
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 fourteenth poetry collection, Heaven is Portable, which will be out in 2022.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy walking in nature, bird watching, photography, 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.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading biographies of other creative people, and a lot of non-fiction books, namely history. I’ll also crack open a poetry book now and then.
Describe your desk
I don’t own one. I write reclining in my bed most often.
What do your fans mean to you?
I’m grateful for every person who has read my poetry or listened to me read. Your encouragement means the world to me.
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Books by This Author

This Festival of Dreams
Series: Poetry from the soul to the page. Price: Free! Words: 11,230. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2021 . Categories: Poetry » Spiritual
This Festival of Dreams is D.L. Lang's 13th poetry book, containing 78 new poems, primarily written between July 2019 and April 2020.
Midnight Strike
Series: Poetry from the soul to the page. Price: Free! Words: 15,010. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2021 . Categories: Poetry » Female authors
Midnight Strike D.L. Lang’s 12th book of poetry. D.L. Lang served as Vallejo’s poet laureate. This book contains 70 new poems primarily written between September 2018 and July 2019, and includes topical poetry, some Jewish poems, and poetry written for events in and around Vallejo, California.
The Cafe of Dreams
Series: Poetry from the soul to the page. Price: Free! 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
Series: Poetry from the soul to the page. Price: Free! 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
Series: Themed Poetry Collections. Price: Free! 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.