I was born with seven life-threatening heart conditions. I am an eighteen-year-old author experimenting with shorter forms of nonfiction, but I one day plan to write and publish a memoir. My heart and love for life are at the core of all my work.
I dream of sharing my life story, meeting new people, and inspiring others to love their life, the same way I want to love mine!
In the past year I have received four writing awards and my writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Burningword, Wild Quarterly, Paragraph Planet, ExFic, The Vending Machine Press, Agave Magazine, Whistling Shade Journal, Official Indie Anthology 2014, and The Bolt Magazine.
My writing career started in January 2013 when Breathe, a nonfiction piece I wrote about my childhood won an honorable mention in Marlboro College’s Beautiful Minds Challenge. In December 2013, my creative nonfiction short story, This Very Breath, was published in The Bolt Magazine. San Jose State University’s, The Bolt Magazine also awarded me first place in their international nonfiction contest. In January, 2014 a short nonfiction piece of mine appeared in print through Burningword Literary Journal. A week later I received a Gold Key Award, the highest regional honor, in the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards. In February, 2014 I received an honorable mention in Ojai Art Center’s, Extremely Short Story Contest.
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Right-Hearted is a wonder. Daniel Wallock captures the pain and beauty of adolescence, of first love, of encountering death too young, but surviving. His maturity is astounding. I cannot wait to see what this talented young writer does next.
—Susannah Cahalan, Writer at New York Post and New York Times Bestselling author of Brain on Fire
“Daniel Wallock’s honesty and sincerity in trying to capture youth in a jar like fireflies will take readers straight back to days long gone. You’ll be sixteen again, if only for the span of a few pages…”
—Jamie Mason, New York Times Best Seller & Library Journal Best Book of 2013.