Hey, Charlie! Thanks for having me over.
What’s your name, and where are you from?
It depends on who you ask. Most know me as David Powers King, but some have called me P. King Duck or Earthquake (don't ask), and I am a product of Southern California, now living in Utah. Like Bilbo Baggins, I like mountains.
How long have you been writing?
Almost 15 years now. I started writing seriously at age 15, so that pretty much gives my age away…
What genre(s) do you write?
I write MG/YA/Adult science fiction and fantasy. Right now, I'm in YA fantasy mode, seeking representation/deal for my 7th novel.
What’s your current WIP? Can you tell us about it?
It's called The Dragon's Heart, a rewrite of my first stab at fantasy (after my wife challenged me to write something she would enjoy). I wrote it three years ago, a blending of Grimm's Beauty and the Beast and Rumpelstiltskin. It's about a princess with an unusual curse which causes her to black out and do terrible things to her suitors, just when she falls in love with them. With the help of a dragon, she searches for an ancient relic that can absorb magic from whoever possesses it. This is great for her, but fatal for the dragon - and a cursed prince who is trapped within.
What’s your current day job? How does it help or hinder your writing?
- (This is totally going to give away my secret identity) I'm a psychometrist (psychological test administrator). It keeps me busy, but the multiple opportunities to meet with and help evaluate clients and their problems is not only great for helping me step out my comfort zone (I'm not exactly sure where that is anymore), but for understanding the wide range of the human experience - an asset to excellent character development.
Who is your favorite author/favorite book?
So many great ones to choose from, so I'll go with the author who has influenced me the most and inspired me to start writing—Orson Scott Card and his novel, Ender's Game.
What other hobbies or activities do you do outside of writing?
Aside from writing, I'm a LEGO collector, a FPS gaming addict (you won't like me if we play Halo), a reader of books and a film connoisseur (Hollywood culture has a way of ingraining itself in you when you're raised near LA), with a strong background and knowledge base for animation. I'm also a jungle gym for my two kids and a cheesy romantic to my forever girl.
What is something unique about yourself?
I can whistle film scores without pausing for breath (inhale whistling - very fun), I use jellybeans as a "dangling carrot" to help me get through my blocks, and I can make you the meanest homemade pizza that may put your favorite franchise to shame (subjectively, of course).
Do you have a blog, Twitter, and/or Web site we can link to?
I have both! You can find my blog at davidpowersking.blogspot.com and my Twitter handle is @davidpowersking. Stop by any time. I post about story devices (tropes) and general writing advice each week—along with query critique offers and other random awesomeness.
If you're willing to be interviewed for Someday Stars, please email me at CNHolmberg (at) gmail.com.