• Old Hickory Lane 1
    OLD HICKORY LANE
    $5.99

    The story of a horse vet who's gifted with animals, but not very people savvy.
  • To Inherit a Murderer 1
    TO INHERIT A MURDERER
    $4.99

    She suspects he's a murderer ...and he is.
  • Slightly Disturbing Stories 1
    SLIGHTLY DISTURBING STORIES
    $2.99

    An illustrated collection of paranormal, dark fantasy, & urban contemporary tales.
  • A Gathering of Rebels 1
    A GATHERING OF REBELS

    Epic literary science fiction in the tradition of Frank Herbert's Dune.
    A story so big it takes 2 books to tell it.
    Both for only $7.98!
  • How to Write a Good Book in 17 Days 1
    HOW TO WRITE A GOOD BOOK IN 17 DAYS
    $3.99

    Get-it-written self-help for the serious writer.
  • Through Better & Worse 1
    THROUGH BETTER & WORSE
    $4.99

    A (real) Montana love story.
  • To Have & To Hold 1
    TO HAVE & TO HOLD
    $5.99

    The next chapter of a real Montana love story.

DLKeur, Writing Books Across the Genre Spectrum

Old Hickory Lane $5.99

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Slightly Disturbing Stories $2.99

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How to Write a Good Book in 17 Days $3.99

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Through Better & Worse $4.99

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To Have & To Hold $5.99

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A Gathering of Rebels both books for $7.98

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Why I Write.

…Because I have to. It’s a compulsion. And, no, I’m not an obsessive-compulsive personality. I am driven, yes. I am passionate. I am labelled a ‘high achiever’, though, when measured against the achievements others I know and what they accomplish in the same amount of time, I’m a slacker by comparison.

Someone asked me what genres I actually prefer to write. I had to think about that, because, I love all the stories I write. I love the characters, I love their stories. But, when push comes to shove, when it comes to ‘genre’, I love writing science fiction. As usual, though, I don’t write formula. The aliens aren’t the bad guys. Humans aren’t the heros. There aren’t any bad guys and good guys, no good against evil. Because that’s not really how reality works. It’s all about perspectives.

A Gathering of Rebels, a story so big it took 2 books to tell it.


D. L. Keur, Author

I write books — novels and short stories, but some non-fiction, too.   The non-fiction and some of the short stories I write under my own name.   Mostly, though, especially for novels, I write under one and another pen names:   Aeros, E. J. Ruek, and C. J. “Country” James, are presently in use of my extensive list of monikers.   I even sign checks using my pen names.   That’s how seriously I had to hide my identity as a woman at the onset of my writing career.

Why?

Because, honestly, being a woman was a huge handicap unless you wrote stream of consciousness literary (while being somebody’s pet project at the Ivy League level …and it helped to live in Martha’s Vineyard or the Hampton’s).   Otherwise, you had to write childrens or YA, mysteries (mostly cozies), sword-and-sorcery, high fantasy, butterflies-in-the-tummy romance… — something “they” defined as ‘suitably female’.   If, like me, you wrote everything but, and though I felt my gender shouldn’t matter, it most definitely did.   It mattered to agents, publishers, and, especially, to readers.   So I started writing under pseudonyms and just never stopped.

Truthfully, even today gender matters …to readers. Readers of the style of work and of the genres I write tend to prefer — to trust — male authors.   Since I’m self-publishing most of my work, though, hiding my identity and gender doesn’t matter as much, because, once you read my work, you’ll either love it and be back for more, or move on.

I don’t write common fare.   Not at all.   I can …but, especially now, I don’t.   I think I do it well, but it’s nice to be recognized by gatekeepers like Folio Literary Management or top editors at Tor as well as the common reader.   (For me, the common reader’s good word means most, thanks.)   As John Ward so kindly put it: “…language is your plaything.”   High — the highest — compliment, that.   (Thanks, John!)

D. L. Keur, author and lots else






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