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My Bio

Hi, I'm DL.

Yep, that's me in the picture above at a recent writers conference. I've created bio page as a way for you to find out more about me as a writer - and a person. 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 ideas 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 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 ended 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-old love.

That was a dozen years ago, and the funny thing isI feel like I’m just now hitting my stride. I'm now represented by Tina P. Schwartz of the Purcell Agency and have one book published (KNIGHT RISE) with a second (FALLEN KNIGHT) due out July 29th.

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

In the real world, I am a devout introvert.

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


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 that 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 writer's 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.

As a devoted introvert, I am fluent in silence.

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

I'm both an audiophile and a 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!

1 comment

  1. DL, Thank you so much for sharing about yourself. It was very encouraging to me because I turned 50 this past summer and have been feeling like maybe I waited too long to get serious about writing (I've written all my life but have always been too afraid of failure to get serious enough to submit much). I was also amazed to read that you spent your high school years in Havelock, NC as I was stationed at Cherry Point in the mid-90s and purchased a home in Havelock during that time. So I just wanted to say thank you for inspiring me to continue to write and to not give up on my dream of being a published author one day.
    Patrina Ward


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