Friday, August 6, 2021

Spotlight on D. K. Marley, author of Kingfisher (The Kingfisher Series, Book One)


The past, future, and Excalibur lie in her hands.

Wales, 1914. Vala Penrys and her four sisters find solace in their spinster life by story-telling, escaping the chaos of war by dreaming of the romantic days of Camelot. When the war hits close to home, Vala finds love with Taliesin Wren, a mysterious young Welsh Lieutenant, who shows her another world within the tangled roots of a Rowan tree, known to the Druids as ‘the portal’.

One night she falls through, and suddenly she is Vivyane, Lady of the Lake – the Kingfisher – in a divided Britain clamoring for a High King. What begins as an innocent pastime becomes the ultimate quest for peace in two worlds full of secrets, and Vala finds herself torn between the love of her life and the salvation of not only her family but of Britain, itself.

"It is, at the heart of it, a love story – the love between a man and a woman, between a woman and her country, and between the characters and their fates – but its appeal goes far beyond romance. It is a tale of fate, of power, and, ultimately, of sacrifice for a greater good." - Riana Everly, author of Teaching Eliza and Death of a Clergyman.


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D. K. Marley

Fun Facts

(Stuff you may or may not already know!)

 I adore Scottish Terriers and West Highland Terriers. For 25 years I’ve owned four Scottish Terriers (Lulu, Wally, Maggie, and Molly) and currently own one West Highland Terrier named Daisy. To me, they are fireballs in a small package with the most adoring eyes.

In addition to my writing, I’ve been a graphic designer for 37+ years with my own company, White Rabbit Arts, and I now design book covers for historical fiction authors with The Historical Fiction Company at . I am also the founder and CEO of The Historical Fiction Company, a website dedicated to all things historical fiction.

From 2012 to 2015, I was a wedding photographer and conceptual photographer with The White Rabbit Photography. Some of my photos were featured in galleries in Houston Texas, Orlando Florida, and at an international event in Estonia.

My ancestry is Scottish and English. I travelled to the area of my ancestry, which is in North Cumbria near Appleby and Kirby Stephen, a little town called Warcop, and discovered a connection between my family and well-known writer, Edith Wharton. Needless to say, I was thrilled. I traced my family history back to Lammerside Castle (the ruins are still there) and Sir Robert de Wauchope, of Norman descent. I also discovered that my distant great-grandmother down the line, is also the tenth-great-grandmother of Prince William – her name is Anne Wauchope (d. 1653). My great-grandfather came over to the United States in the late 1800s from Dorchester, arriving in Massachusetts. He married my great-grandmother, they had five children, then he disappeared without a trace. To this day, no one in the family knows what happened to him. I think there is a novel there to be written!!

One of my passions is travelling and something my husband and I love to do. Places I have travelled: every state in the United States except for Colorado, Alaska, and Hawaii; every province in Canada except for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia; every island in the Caribbean except for St Johns and Tortola; in Mexico – Cancun and Cozumel; in South American – Ecuador; in Europe – Paris, Versailles, and Switzerland; in the United Kingdom – London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Salisbury, Warwick, Windsor, Hampton Court, Edinburgh Scotland, Carlisle, and Cumbria.


D. K. Marley

D. K. Marley is a Historical Fiction author specializing in Shakespearean adaptations, Tudor era historicals, Colonial American historicals, alternate historicals, and historical time-travel. At a very early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer. Inspired by her grandmother, an English Literature teacher, she dove into writing during her teenage years, winning short story awards for two years in local competitions. After setting aside her writing to raise a family and run her graphic design business, White Rabbit Arts, returning to writing became therapy to her after suffering immense tragedy, and she published her first novel “Blood and Ink” in 2018, which went on to win the Bronze Medal for Best Historical Fiction from The Coffee Pot Book Club, and the Silver Medal from the Golden Squirrel Book Awards. Within three years, she has published four more novels (two Shakespearean adaptations, one Colonial American historical, and a historical time travel).

When she is not writing, she is the founder and administrator of The Historical Fiction Club on Facebook, and the CEO of The Historical Fiction Company, a website dedicated to supporting the best in historical fiction for authors and readers. And for fun, she is an avid reader of the genre, loves to draw, is a conceptual photography hobbyist, and is passionate about spending time with her granddaughter. She lives in Middle Georgia U.S.A. with her husband of 35 years, an English Lab named Max, and an adorable Westie named Daisy.

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