Thursday, April 12, 2012

Someday Stars: Meet David Powers King

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 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)


  1. Great interview. I love Card, too. His Ender's Game and the Bean series are phenomenal.

  2. Earthquake? Bahaha! Why am I all of a sudden hearing AC/DC's Thunderstruck jammin' in my ears?

    David, Halo? We gotta deathmatch!!! We'll hate each other after we do! Trust me :) Hehehe

  3. If I had time, I'd get in on that deathmatch between you and Jack. I might need to practice up a bit.

    Great interview.

  4. Great interview! I read David's blog regularly. You've got a cool one yourself:)

  5. I really want to read your novel. Those are two of my favorite fairy tales. And I love dragons. I'm excited for it to be published one day!

  6. Very fun interview guys! David, love the storyline to your Dragon's heart! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hi, David! Great interview! And nice to meet you, Charlie!

  8. Thanks for that Charlie. It was very interesting to learn more about David... Earthquake, lol.

  9. That was one of the more entertaining interviews I've read. Your WIP sounds really cool. I like the idea of blacking out and doing horrible things to her suitors, and I like that that's the novel you wrote for your wife to enjoy. Hmmm....

  10. Great interview!

    I love the sound of your book. :)

  11. Charlie, I love that title: Someday Stars.

    David, we all know you're a star already. :)

  12. Awesome interview. Loved learning more about you David and your new project sounds awesome.

  13. Nice to meet you David! I like the sound of your work in progress.

  14. If I ever see David at a conference I am going to have him whistle the Star Wars theme. ;0) Great stuff.

  15. Great interview, you two!

    Forget the Halo match-- I'll join you in a inhale whistling match!


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