🖋 For Writers, by Writers

Welcome to Writer-ish.com, a resource website for authors looking to navigate the art and business of writing. Whether you’re a mid-list novelist looking to pivot, a new poet putting words on the page, or a nonfiction writer with a proposal to pitch, you’ve come to the right place.

I’ll be sharing everything I know about writing and publishing, as well as the tools and resources that have helped me along the way. I want to re-ignite your love for writing, rocket you along your writing path, and help you achieve your creative goals.

I’ll loop in friends, colleagues, and industry experts to provide encouragement and inspiration, so you can craft a road map to get you where you want to go. Writing is a solitary journey, but it helps to have a few friends in the car.

🤔 Why Writer-ish?

I’ve never been great with labels, either for myself or others. They’re limiting, they don’t tell the full story, and they keep us in a box that can be very hard to climb out of when we realize we are more than whatever the label says we are.

Writer-ish is for those of us who see ourselves as writers, who may be considered a writer by others, yet we know it’s not the full picture of who we really are. Writer-ish does not mean we are kinda/sorta writers, but writers who kinda/sorta reject the idea of a one-dimensional label. And yeah, I get that writer-ish is its own label, so …

Let’s write. Let’s do other things, too, some of them more important than writing. Being writer-ish keeps us fluid and humble, not overly attached to any definition of what being a writer means.

👩🏻‍💻 The Writer-Ish Writer

I’m Darien. It’s great having you here.

The long-short: I’m full of ideas, I’m inordinately happy just reading all day, I’m a lover of chocolate and potato chips. I am a writer-ish mother of 3 and partner to a pretty great guy. In 1999, that pretty great guy and I sold everything and moved to the Big Island of Hawaiʻi where we still live.

🎟 A Little More About Me

My first three novels were traditionally published under the name Mia King (Berkley Books), another two as Darien Gee (Ballantine Books), all in the Penguin Random House family. I have self-published, small press, and hybrid-published titles. My work has been anthologized and published in literary journals. I’ve been twice-nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I wrote one nonfiction book, Writing the Hawaiʻi Memoir, which won a Hawaiʻi Book Publishers’ 2015 Ka Palapala Poʻokela award. My MFA thesis, Other Small Histories, won the 2019 Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowship Award, judged by the amazing poet, Patricia Smith. My books have been translated in 11 languages and published in hardcover, trade paperback, large print, audiobook, and ebook. I have three literary agents. At 50, even though I was already well published, I got my MFA.

I’ve been teaching writing workshops for almost 30 years. I like it, I’m pretty darn good at it, and the writers I work with have all taught me a thing or two as well. I love coming up with new and relevant content (Writing About the Women in Your Family, Ancestors Calling, You Have New DNA Relatives, The Micro Prose Chapbook series, and of course, memoir and fiction and anything to do with a writer’s life, writing practice, and — oh yeah — how to get a literary agent). I also coach one-on-one and one of my superpowers is helping others get unstuck whenever they’re faced with a creative block or need help deciding what next step to take in their literary career.

Thanks for being a part of Writer-ish. Let’s write.

Our experience

Street Cred

Here are a few of the publishing houses and independent presses I’ve been published by.

  • Penguin Random House
  • Ballantine Books
  • Berkley Books
  • Poetry Society of America
  • Watermark Publishing
  • Legacy Isle Publishing
  • Woodhall Press
  • Kindle Publishing Direct
  • Audible
  • Tantor Audio
  • Random House Audio
  • Cappelen Damm
  • A.W. Bruna Uitgevers
  • Blanvalet
  • Edizioni Piemme
  • Grupo Editorial LeYa
  • Allen & Unwin
  • Michel Lafon
  • China Times
  • Gradien Mediatama
  • Prószyński Media
  • Poetry Northwest
  • Tupelo Quarterly
  • CALYX Journal
  • The Shanghai Literary Review
  • Columbia Journal
  • New Delay Review
  • Delmarva Review
  • The Common