W.D. Kilpack III is an award-winning and critically acclaimed internationally published writer, with works appearing in print, online, radio and television, starting with his first publication credit at the age of nine, when he wrote an award-winning poem. As an adult, his first three novels, Crown Prince, Order of Light, and Demon Seed each received the Firebird Book Award, while Crown Prince received The BookFest Award. Demon Seed was recently an Editor's Choice on BooksShelf and, previously, Order of Light was a Top Pick. He also received special recognition from L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest for his novella, Pale Face. He has been editor and/or publisher of 19 news and literary publications, both online and in print, with circulations as high as 770,000. He is an accomplished cook and has cooked nearly every type of food on a grill.
He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Westminster College of Salt Lake City. As an undergrad, he double-majored in communication and philosophy, while completing the Honors Program. As a graduate student, he earned a master of professional communication with a writing emphasis. He was also a high-performing athlete, qualifying for international competition in Greco-Roman wrestling.
He is a communication professor and a nationally recognized wrestling coach. He is happily married to his high-school sweetheart and is father to five children, as well as helping to raise five step-children. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he continues to live, coach and teach.
Kilpack Wins Third Firebird Book Award Speak Up Talk Radio announced the winners of the most recent International Firebird Book Awards. Amongst the winners was Utah author W.D. Kilpack III for his fantasy novel, Demon Seed: Book Three of New Blood, in the Fantasy category. Demon Seed is the third of the eight-book New Blood Saga, which centers around Natharr, the Guardian of Maarihk. He is one of a long line of protectors dating back to the Firstborn Age, before the Aa Conquest. Natharr's...
Crown Prince was given 4 Stars by an Instagram book reviewer! Pretty exciting! If you want to learn more, here's a sample reading I did: http://kilpack.net/crownprincesamplereading.html Thought I'd share.
Interviewed for Awesome Gang a while ago, now online! One thing was pushed back, but still fun! To learn more, http://kilpack.net/about.html #bookstagram #kilpack #newbloodsaga #fantasy #fantasybooks #epicfantasy #scifi #sciencefiction #scifibooks #author #writer #kindle #nook #kobo
My wife's friend recently sent her a text after reading one of my books. It's the first she received like this, and I have to admit, it was pretty cool! Just thought I'd share. If you want to learn more about Crown Prince or Order of Light, here are links to some samples: http://kilpack.net/crownprincesample.html and http://kilpack.net/ordersample.html
So I circled back to revisit others who have been supportive in the past and was pleasantly surprised! Book Reader Magazine has posted another of my books! Thought I should give them a shout out and share! For more information about Demon Seed, here's a sample: http://kilpack.net/demonseedsample.html
I recently appeared in a writer's blog, Escape with a Writer, where we discussed Demon Seed and Pale Face! Blogger asked some good questions and used a little different spin that was refreshing! Just thought I'd share. If you want to learn more, here are a couple samples: Demon Seed: http://kilpack.net/demonseedsample.html and Pale Face: http://kilpack.net/palefacesample.html
Demon Seed appeared in the Awesome Gang newsletter a while ago, but it fell through the cracks on me. Whoops. Still very exciting! Thought I'd share. If you're interested in learning more about Demon Seed, here's a sample reading: http://kilpack.net/demonseedsamplereading.html
I FINALLY got around to getting in to see for myself! My first two books are being carried by the Salt Lake County Libraries! A super exciting first. Thought I'd share. If you're interested in learning more, there are samples http://kilpack.net/samples.html
I did a local podcast interview that recently aired: The Safari Steeph Show! Pretty exciting! This was my longest interview to date (90 minutes) and the host was great! Really felt like we were just sitting and having a chat. He asked me some questions that I hadn't been asked before. Thought I'd share: http://kilpack.net/safaristeeph.html
I received another killer review of Pale Face! This stuff just fires me up. Thought I'd share. (Note: A "Vine Voice" review) If you want to learn more about Pale Face, here's a sample: http://kilpack.net/palefacesample.html
Got a very cool review of Pale Face by an author on BookBub! https://www.bookbub.com/books/pale-face-by-w-d-kilpack-iii Very exciting! Here's a link to a sample of Pale Face, if you're interested: http://kilpack.net/palefacesample.html Just thought I'd share!
Another video podcast interview came online! The host is a writer, so there is a little different perspective, aside from more of a science-fiction focus. It was a fun one! Thought I'd share. http://kilpack.net/whateverittakes.html
I did web-series interview in December and it finally aired! (Pretty exciting!) This was a fun one with some questions that I hadn't been asked before. Thought I'd share: http://kilpack.net/chatbox.html #bookstagram #kilpack #newbloodsaga #fantasy #fantasybooks #epicfantasy
So I got another killer review! This one is for Demon Seed! I love this stuff! Just thought I'd share. To get a taste of what Demon Seed is about, here is a sample: http://kilpack.net/demonseedsample.html #kilpack #newbloodsaga #fantasy #fantasybooks #epicfantasy
I did this interview a while ago and it fell off my radar (oops!). This was an interesting approach, where the focus of the interview was on influences on my life, with a "reader" (I assume it's a machine). Kind of cool approach and an homage to teachers who changed my life for the better. Thought I'd share: https://www.instagram.com/p/CY5WxaOKgpD/ If you're interested in learning more about the fruit of these teachers' labors, go to http://kilpack.net/about.html
Chat-and-Spin Radio (out of the UK) interviewed me recently. I've actually appeared several times, and it's always fun. This is the most recent. Just thought I'd share! http://kilpack.net/chatandspin6.html
Here is an excerpt from the Education Advice that went out to Members today: Socrates said, “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” I cannot disagree, not in any way. Once you get that spark for learning, feed it, let it carry you, because it can. I have lived my life always looking to learn more and see the world through a different lens. My parents fed this eagerness in me, subscribing to National Geographic when I was young, and I could not help but...
Last week, I appeared on an podcast called "Let's Talk It Over." It was pretty exciting! One of the hosts has a Ph.D. and had already read Crown Prince, and there were some pretty interesting questions asked. Note: I'm getting better at not freaking out looking at myself while I'm talking ... but it still needs work. Thought I'd share. http://kilpack.net/letstalkitover.html