Born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Darin Kennedy still remembers watching Star Wars at the local drive-in when it came around the first time and it’s all been downhill from there.
A graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine, he completed his residency in family medicine in the mountains of Virginia, then served eight years as a United States Army physician, before returning to North Carolina where he works a family physician. He wrote the majority of his contemporary fantasy novel, Pawn’s Gambit, during his yearlong deployment to Iraq in 2003 and this homage to the game of chess as well as every superhero comic you’ve ever read has finally seen the light of day as of October 2016 from Falstaff Books.
His second novel, The Mussorgsky Riddle, was actually his first published. Released January 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press after dazzling Lisa Gus, editor and co-owner of CQ, with this love letter to Mussorgsky’s magnum opus, Pictures at an Exhibition, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterpiece, Scheherazade. The Publisher’s Marketplace announcement on 17 Mar 2014 read as follows:
“Darin Kennedy’s THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, pitched as Alice in Wonderland meets Law and Order, where a beautiful psychic must awaken an autistic boy left catatonic after witnessing a grisly murder, his fragile psyche shattered into the various movements of composer Modest Mussorgsky’s classical music suite, Pictures at an Exhibition, before the killer can silence him forever, to Lisa Gus at Curiosity Quills Press, for publication in Winter 2014, by Stacey Donaghy at Donaghy Literary Group (World English).”
The sequel, The Stravinsky Intrigue will be available in Feb 2017 soon to be followed by the third and final book in the trilogy, The Tchaikovsky Finale, both from Curiosity Quills Press and both books he never dreamed he’d write when he was working on The Mussorgsky Riddle as it was going to be a standalone rather than Book I of Fugue & Fable. These two new stories, however, recapture the same magic in ways that both baffle and even frighten Darin a bit.
His young adult contemporary fantasy, still code-named Operation: Ghost Story, is still awaiting publication.
Also, he continues to work on Book II of his The Pawn Stratagem fantasy chess trilogy (currently at 50,000 words as that story has continued to haunt his subconscious daily during his other projects) and a twist on an urban fantasy idea (which is on the back burner for the moment, but still boiling) . He also plans to return to his Necromancer for Hire world to write a full novella about April Sullivan and her insane world, since he did the world a disservice by ending the first one on a bit of cliffhanger…
He has thus far published twenty-plus short stories in various anthologies and magazines to include Pill Hill Press, Blood Bound Books, Wicked East Press, Dark Oak Press, Emby Press, Dark Hall Press, and a rare piece of fiction in the October 2012 issue of Chess Life Magazine.