As fantasy author DK Drake, my mission is to bring you entertaining, engaging, wholesome adventures too packed with action to leave room for eye-rolling sappiness or mind-numbing fluff.
As a creative writing coach, my mission is to help authors find their voice, craft captivating stories, and finish book after book.
Developing characters is my favorite part of the storytelling process, and I tend to go a bit overboard with creating the backstory for my people. I like knowing where they came from, how they think, and what kinds of experiences they have had prior to jumping into the pages of my stories. But because I’m […]
Short on time but want to write a novella? If you start today, you can have a book writing win by this summer following this 18-week novella writing plan. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE. Besides, writing a novella is great training for novel writing. When I first decided to be a writer, I started by […]
 Author DK Drake Reads Chapter 20 of The Dragon Collector, an Action Adventure Fantasy In today’s Fantasy Fiction Friday episode, I’m coming at you with chapter 20 of The Dragon Collector, book one of the Dragon Stalker Bloodlines Saga. Before I wrote this chapter, I created a historical timeline of all the kings of […]
 Author DK Drake Reads Chapter 19 of The Dragon Collector, a YA Fantasy Novel Ready for a fun Fantasy Fiction Friday episode? Moving forward on Fridays, I’ll be reading you snippets of The Dragon Collector, book one of the Dragon Stalker Bloodlines Saga, and sharing behind the scenes insider secrets along the way. In […]
Podcast Episodes 6-26 Listen to a chapter at a time Includes Prologue – Chapter 18 of The Dragon Collector included in the storytelling blitz An Insider Tip from Author DK Drake is included in each episode 21 Storytelling Episodes Featuring The Dragon Collector Prologue I: Rescue the Newborn Prologue II: Javan’s Seventh Birthday […]
“No, I’m not changing genres again. I like being DK and writing fantasy stories about dragons. What I am shifting is my podcast focus. I’m hitting pause on Rise from Stuck and starting fresh with Published Before College, a podcast for creative kids and avid readers who want to learn how to tell great stories.” […]
New Covers! These covers will debut on Amazon next week to celebrate the seventh anniversary of The Dragon Collector’s publication date. Shout out to cover designer Karri Klawiter for stunning work on creating these covers!
Montana Adventures Javan grew up in Montana, so I was excited to visit his home state for the first time in 2015. My sister and I went to a Wilderness Medicine conference where I learned some cool things that have found their way into the stories. I also got a better feel for what life […]
Newsy Tuesday A COVID Quarantine, an Ablated Heart, and a Two-Mile Run On the final day of 2020, I experienced my first COVID test. Having a swab stuck up my nostrils and swirled about was not pleasant, but it was only a temporary annoyance as both the rapid and “send-away” tests were negative. […]
On Being Three One of our foster kids is a wild and wonderful three-year-old boy. He is bursting with energy, and is the only of our our kiddos that wakes up without having to be woken up. When he and his sister came to live with us in 2017, she was three. At first she […]