Wednesday, April 4, 2012

DK Walker Explores the Ugly Side of Sex

DK Walker, a recovering sex addict, has wanted to share with the world his story, but only now has found the courage to speak on it in his first novel The Ugly Side of Sex. Having battled this affliction for the better part of 20 years, DK Walker can speak first hand on the debilitating effects that this disease can have. Having finally figured out the difference between lust and love, DK hopes he can help anyone else who is struggling to tell the two apart. DK Walker currently resides in Washington DC with his wife and two beautiful daughters.

O. Keeys: Upon reading DK Walker's bio I had to interject. I am glad he chose to speak out on this topic because it's one not often talked about. If it is even mentioned it's mostly in a joking manner. Being that of often write Erotic novels, this appealed to me. Now back to DK Walker.

1. What inspires you as a writer?  Living life and being a lover of words, knowing when I put them together a beautiful picture can be constructed with as few or as many words I choose. I have always gravitated to the great orators that I admire; Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, President Obama, Les Brown (yes I said Les) and hope to over time have my works, if not noted with theirs, then honorably mentioned will do.

2. When did you have that ah ha moment when you knew you were a writer? Like most writers after reading someone else’s work and I just knew I could do better. It sounds conceited, but it's really isn't. I have always wanted to write. Hell, I run my mouth enough to sound like I knew what I was talking about. So why don't I piece something together and see if others feel likewise? So far they have, but who knows a few books down the line they may be scratching their heads having a WTF moment. Time will tell.

3. What is your writing process?  A thought becomes a thing. That thing is thought about some more to see if it's marketable. If it is and that thought persists in my head, I usually run with it. Some authors use character boards which is fine, but it all flows from the vision of how I want the finished product to look. I have to have an attention grabbing beginning that refuses to let you go and a climatic ending that doesn't always have to be so over the top like a Hollywood action movie. But fits in the grand scheme of things and still leaves the readers satisfied. The most important aspect of my writing style is the flow, it has to flow seamlessly. If I find myself forcing it, I stop and leave it alone. I believe when you set a page count or a word count in your head, more times than not, you find yourself trying to reach that number when you should have stopped writing a while ago.

4. Tell us about your favorite character and why you chose to write about them? My favorite character to date is Nicolas Andrews who is the main character in my book, The Ugly Side of Sex. I'm sure that the more I write and develop more characters he will be replaced, but for now he's the one. And that's solely because so many readers can identify to some degree with him and his plight of being addicted to sex. Whether it’s watching porn and the constant lusting over it, masturbating and it's pulling effects (yes pun included), or just a multitude of lovers whose purpose is usually served after a few moans; we all can relate to Nicolas somehow someway.

5. What are you currently working on? I'm currently working on a novel called 'Have You Seen My Childhood?' which delves deeply into what we subject our male children to. Honestly, it's a miracle more men aren't dysfunctional in dealing with their emotions. The book follows its main character through his life, chronicling his upbringing and the overall affect this plays out in his adult life.

6. Any upcoming events? I will be in attendance at the 2nd Annual Baltimore Urban Book Festival, May 6, 2012. I plan on participating in the Baltimore Book Festival 2012 September 28-30th, Black Authors and Readers Rock Weekend Oct. 19-20, 2012 in New Carrollton MD, and The Annual Authors Literary Festival Nov 3, 2012 in Richmond VA.

O. Keeys: I look forward to seeing you at the Baltimore Book Festival. I attended last year and had a blast. 

7. If you could be anyone you like, who would you be? Me. I'm 42 and just learning to walk in my own shoes and I'm sure someone else might not fit as snug.

8. Do you have any advice for new writers and something that a seasoned vet can learn? For new writers and vets alike if I was to part with any limited knowledge I have, it would be this; always write from an honest vein, no story under the sun is new, but the way YOU tell it is. Be careful that you don’t write with limited vision, placing yourself in a box and conforming.

9. Where can your followers find you? Followers can find me on Facebook (DK Walker) Twitter (@enelpublishing, @dkwalker1),,, and

10. Any last words? In closing you'll find in your attempt to pursue your dreams you will face many an obstacles, none bigger than you. So please do not be your own worst enemy. Trust me when I tell you that you will have a line of people vying for the opportunity, the more you work towards your goals.

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