Author Darien Gee

Author Darien Gee. Courtesy photo

Kaua’i Backstory Offers Treat May 16

Nationally known author to speak at Kaua`i Backstory Event

Writers’ Open Mic Follows

Q&A with Rogers & Ell Below


What’s Happening May 16

“Fairy Tales, Fables & Myth; Using Classic Archetypes and Mythic Construction in Writing” will be the topic of a presentation by Darien Gee, a nationally known best-selling author from Hawai`i Island. Gee is giving a presentation to Kaua`i writers at Small Town Coffee in Kapa`a on Wednesday, May 16, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The evening also includes the organization’s annual open mic for writers to read their works.

Darien Gee

Darien Gee is here to introduce the new anthology, Don’t Look Back: Hawaiian Myths Made New. We’ll spend an hour talking about how mythic construction, the hero’s journey and archetypes, infuse writing of all types. Think Grimm — “Once Upon A Time…,” “Mirror Mirror…” Notice how popular fairy tales appear all the time in movies and on television? And novelists have long turned to mythology to tell their stories — Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. A.S. Byatt’s Possession. Eowyn Ivey’s Snow Child…the list goes on.

Gee resides with her family in Kamuela on Hawai`i Island. Her most recent novel, Friendship Bread, came out in 2011. She published previous novels Sweet Life and Table Manners under her pen name, Mia King. Read more about her online at

Kim Rogers, Lois Ann Ell

Kaua`i Backstory organizers Kim Rogers (l),and Lois Ann Ell (r)

Kaua`i Writers

In the second half of our night, Kaua`i Backstory invites writers to share their work. As usual, writers will be given up to five minutes to read on a first-come, sign-up basis. Please arrive on time to sign up. Read more about Kaua`i Backstory and its literary outreach to the community in the following Q&A with Kim Rogers and Lois Ann Ell.

 Q&A With Kim and Lois

Q       What is Kaua`i Backstory?

 A.       Kaua`i Backstory is a venue for rigorous writing with a view about Kaua`i. We look for writing that builds understanding, not walls. We encourage writing (and imagery) that engenders respectful dialogue for we believe one way to build community is through conversation, the time-honored tradition of kama’ilio — talk story.

Q       Are you a founder?

Kim: I am one of the founders, along with Pam Woolway and Gae Rusk. We invited Lois Ann to join us after she was one of our winners in our very first creative competition.

Lois Anne: No, I was one of the winners of the 1st competition (for an essay I wrote) and was asked to join shortly after. I have been a co-editor since.

Q       How did this organization come about?

Kim: Seven years ago, the writing coming out of our writing group was powerful and strong a