Middle Grade Kidlit Author
DEKE MOULTON (rhymes with 'geek') is a writer currently living in the US Pacific Northwest. They are a former US Army drill sergeant and trained as an Arabic linguist during their time in service. Don't Want to Be Your Monster is their debut book.
They are represented by Emily Forney at the Bookends Literary Agency.
I've been creating stories for as long as I can remember.
Before I could write, I would make "books" by folding pieces of construction paper and drawing pictures in them.
When I was eight, I wrote a book about dolphins in a spiral notebook, put it in a giant manila envelope, addressed it to the publisher and tried to mail it. (I quickly found out that's not how books are published)
In high school, I wrote full length novels with photocopied collage covers about punks falling in love.
I enlisted in the US Army in 2010. I lived in Italy for 3 1/2 years. During my time in service, I was an Arabic linguist and drill sergeant (though I've gone the Bob Ross route of drill sergeanting (yes, famous painter Bob Ross was a drill sergeant!) and I don't yell much anymore). I was medically retired after serving 11 years in 2022.
In 2019, I was beyond myself with joy to announce I was one step closer to achieving my life long dream of being a published author when I signed with literary agent Emily Forney at BookEnds Literary.
In 2021, I announced that my vampire middle grade book YOUNG BLOOD (later renamed Don't Want To Be Your Monster) had found a home with Tundra Press, and imprint of Penguin Random House Canada, as well as a second book about Jewish Werewolves!
Currently I live in the Pacific Northwest.