BoostMyBio - PitchWars


Hi, I'm DL.

Yep, that's me in the picture above at a recent writers conference. Since I'm attempting to do #PitchWars this year I've decided to go all-in and create this #BoostMyBio page. I'm not as good with HTML as I am with the written word, but hopefully I won't come off looking to silly! 


DL - The Writer




The first thing I ever wrote (officially) was in tenth grade...and it was to impress a girl. They gave our class a group assignment to record a 15-minute audiotape in the style of old radio shows (i.e. Dick Tracy) - all from original ideas. My group happened to include the captain of the cheerleader squad. When she asked if anybody had idea's for a story, I impulsively blurted out I would write the script -- even though I'd never written fiction before. The task put my active imagination to the test as I wrote a horror story about a young boy who becomes enamored with his reflection in an antique full-length mirror. Our recording was voted the best by the class, but the teacher pulled us aside afterward. She couldn't believe the material we used to make the tape was original and wanted to know where we got it from. After we finally convinced her I had written it from scratch, she suggested that I submit it to several short story contests...which I never did. (I still carry around the story in my backpack though)

Later that same year I joined the school newspaper and made a name for myself writing sports articles, and the occasional feature piece. My favorite (and most controversial) was an article I entitled...The Art of Skipping.

In college (LSU) I initially majored in Journalism but soon realized that career choice could prove financially challenging. I tried out more lucrative majors (changing several times until I ending up graduating in business) and my writing slowly faded into the background as I confronted the realities of GPA’s, school loans, early morning alarms and late-night dinners, heart-stopping love, dirty diapers, mortgages, coaching clinics, scholarship applications and everything else that tend to induce follicle disembarkation and enlarged prostates. It wasn’t until my children had flown the coop that I found myself with enough spare time for "the itch" to return. All it took was a sprinkle of attention and the warmth of my interest to rekindle a decade's old love.

That was ten years ago, and the funny thing isI feel like I’m just now hitting my stride.

I've written five books, in various genre's, but adult mystery is my first love. At one time I had an agent, but I'm sorry to say that we ultimately went our separate ways. I'm starting from scratch again, figuring things out as I go along, but still resolute on my goals. That's the primary reason for doing #PitchWars this year. I consider myself very open to creative input and can't wait to collaborate with someone whose knows the ropes!

I also should mention that I host an annual writing contest (WRiTE CLUB) here on my blog that is judged by a long list of industry professionals and sponsored by the DFW Writers Conference.

DL (Donald Lee) - The Person




Away from the writing world I go by Don. I was born a military brat, starting this life adventure surrounded by the lushness of Honolulu, Hawaii. The beautiful setting didn't have much time to leave an impression because eleven months later military life grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and our family shuttled off to the next post. We were generally stationed on the east coast and hopping around every couple years became the norm. Luckily I spent all four of my high school years in one location...Havelock, North Carolina. I went to college at LSU (GEAUX TIGERS) where I met my best friend and future wife. After we married we moved to Atlanta and had our first child in 1987. We quickly realized living closer to family was something we both wanted, so when our daughter came along in 1990, it was a downright must. At the time my parents lived in New Jersey and my wife's mother and step-dad lived in Arkansas. It wasn't even a contest, Arkansas it was.

We now have three children, a dog, a cat, and are living comfortably in the Natural State. I'm a Business Analyst at my day job but still find time to practice the craft I love!

In the real-world, I am a devout introvert.

I S T J   (for those of who familiar with the Myers-Briggs)

Introversion
Sensing
Thinking
Judging

I'm also uber-shy (not the same thing as being introverted) and most people confuse that with being stuck up or uncaring. The only reason I'm married is because my wife took charge during the dating process. The only place where shyness isn't a factor is when I'm online - or at a writers conference. If you want to know something else about me, just ask. I'm pretty much an open book (pardon the pun).

More Interesting Facts About DL

I have no sense of smell. Never have.

I'm 62 years young and have worked for only 2 companies (so far).

I have a habit of backing into parking spots.

I've been married to my wife for 36 years (and counting).

I'm a both an audiophile and videophile

I prefer mountains to beaches.

I shaved my head when my wife went through Chemo – and keep it that way as a reminder.

I despise Reality TV!

My PITCHWARS Submission


A friend of mine created this mock cover for me a while back. Though the look of it gives off a YA feel, FK is an Adult Mystery/Thriller. Here's my query letter.

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Another school shooting has shaken the country, this time in the city of Manassas, VA. But something was different this time. It’s not because the teenager responsible didn’t take his own life, because he did. It’s not because the death toll was minimal, it wasn’t. No, this time the shooter left a message. The note, withheld from the press for obvious reasons, contained only four words along with a series of numbers – 10428 – that have the FBI baffled. The numbers connect to a string of other crimes that mimicked previous headline-worthy offenses.

And those four words? I’m not finished yet.

Six months later, Dianne Williams is at her wit's end. Assuming control of the all-male Silent Sleuth Investigations wasn’t easy, but she came through it with the respect of everyone involved. That was a piece of cake compared to what she’s dealing with now. Most of her employees are home sick from a mysterious illness and her newest investigator – Steven Ebe – is in a coma, the result of being severely beaten during a random hate crime. When Lee Hamilton and ‘The Knights’–Ebe’s old college pals–arrive and offer to help find the assailant, a short-handed Dianne reluctantly agrees. Although Ebe’s friends can sometimes act like the middle-aged version of ‘The Goonies’ when together, Dianne is counting on their outrage to keep them focused.

It’s quickly determined there was nothing random about Ebe’s attack. In truth, it was somehow related to a missing-person case that took the investigator to Manassas and an innocuous piece of hotel stationery with the numbers 10428 written on it. Before they know it Dianne and the Knights find themselves hiding from the FBI, in the sights of a psychopath intent on recreating famous atrocities, and in a race against time to prevent the largest bioterrorism event is US history.

I was previously represented by an agent (parted ways amicably) for a book in a different genre (never published) and have written for ten years. Although a stand-alone novel, I consider FK as the first entry in what could be a larger ‘Knights’ series.
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You'll LOVE Fallen Knight if you enjoy these elements -

Intense friendships

A Strong / Independent Female Lead

A Sprinkling of Humor To Ease The Tension

Baffling Clues

More Twists than a Sourdough Pretzel

A Breakneck Pace

A Villain You Won't See Coming 


The Knights


Dianne Williams


Comp Titles

The Camel Club - David Baldacci

Blue Heaven - C.J. Box

The Woods - Harlan Coben


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