Award-Winning Author

Golden Dreg

B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
– Young Adult Fiction

Audio Book Reviewer Winner
– Best Young Adult Dystopian

American Book Festival Winner
–  Best Fiction Book Cover

Hollywood Book Festival Finalist
– Young Adult Fiction

Golden Dreg

IPPY Bronze Winner
– Young Adult Fiction

Moonbeam Silver Winner
– Ebook Young Adult Fiction

Audio Book Reviewer Winner
– Best Sci-Fi Dystopian

Golden Dreg Quake

NIEA Finalist
– Teen Fiction

Golden Dreg

Releases July 2023.

I re-watch movies I love, gave up a two straw habit because I live in California, and can multi-task like nobody’s business. I’m always looking for the perfect chocolate chip cookie, a great vacation spot, the right amount of sun and shade, and I fall in love with people who keep it real.

My daytime powers include marketing for a non-profit while keeping up with my family and friends. Any time I am not doing any of the above, I can be found writing or wishing I was writing.

D.K. Dailey is an award-winning author (IPPY, NEIA, Moonbeam, and B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree) of a growing series in the Golden Dreg world.

Dailey has a problem: kind of like I see dead people but for writers. Good thing she fuels that creativity to build worlds and create people who do what she says-well, most of the time. She says, if she wasn’t a writer, she’d be just another nerd without a cause or direction.

Dailey’s writing journey started as a child when she began writing sci-fi short stories, a result of watching countless hours of science fiction shows with her parents. With an inborn passion for telling stories, and writing songs and poems, her hobbies erupted into a career path after she penned a play in college and then her first novel. As a writer of color living in Northern California, she’s immersed in a tapestry of culture and history that have consistently inspired and helped her pen numerous novels.

In The Press

Golden Dreg Boy

 “A vivid and sure-footed, if predictable, piece of social commentary.”

Kirkus Indie
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Golden Dreg Quake

“A punchy futuristic story featuring a fierce, yet vulnerable protagonist. MaeAri adds needed diversity to the genre, breaking the mold with her soaring height, her sharp wit, and the beautiful dark color of her skin.”

Indies Today
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Golden Dreg Army

“A thrilling YA adventure, and a worrisome prophecy for the future.”

Self-Publishing Review
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KALW (NPA) Interview with Jeneé Darden

Interview with Jeneé Darden, an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets.

Episode 86 of Books Cubed Podcast

Interview with author and host Melissa Banczak who writes the June Nash Mystery Series and cowrites the non-fiction Roll-A-Prompt Writing Journal Series.

Pearl Passing Interview

The Write Way Café welcomes aspiring author D.K. Dailey, who will take readers on a remarkable three-generations story of strong women in Pearl Passing.

Oakland Voices Article

Meeting D.K. Dailey, you probably wouldn’t guess her unique accomplishment – she’s written 13 books. And even though she hasn’t been published yet, she keeps writing.