About D.C. Gilbert

D.C. Gilbert

Darren C Gilbert

DC Gilbert was born in Ilion, NY, but grew up in North Adams, Massachusetts, nestled in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains.

An avid reader, he particularly enjoys military history, epic sagas, spy novels, westerns, and historical fiction. In addition to serving in the U.S. Army from 1979 to 1983, Darren has over 38 years of martial arts training, including owning his own karate dojo for 12 years.  

He has earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee and Western Governors University, respectively. Darren is also a graduate of Executive Security International’s Executive Protection Program and is a Certified Protection Specialist.


As well as being an avid reader, DC Gilbert loves to write. His novels, Serpents Underfootand Montagnard, as well as a collection of true short stories, Adirondack Bear Tales, are all available from Amazon.com and are receiving great reviews. 

Kirkus Reviews gave both Serpents Underfoot and Montagnard excellent reviews, and both books also received the Literary Titan Gold Book Award for August 2020 and June 2021 respectively. You can click on the title to read the review. Kirkus Reviews is the industry gold standard for book reviews.

Darren is a member of the Military Writers Society of America and the Knoxville Writers Guild.

Writing and Blogging

In addition to writing novels, Darren enjoys blogging and has been doing so for about 10 years. He posts information about his books and related activities, book reviews, food reviews, stuff about German Shepherds, short stories, pro-military stories, and occasional political musings on his blog.

Upcoming book …

Darren is currently working on the third installment in the JD Cordell action series called Reciprocity. This exciting third adventure will center around human trafficking and include a return to Thailand, a visit to the Philippines, and of course, more thrilling action and martial arts!

Some good things must come to an end …

In the past, Darren Gilbert also provided freelance writing services through Fiverr.com. He has written book descriptions, author’s bios, fight scenes, and blog posts, as well as provided proofreading services for hundreds of clients. His clients have includes authors of children’s books, poetry, self-help books, fiction, non-fiction, blogs, and even musicians. His level of work has provided for many repeat customers and earned him excellent reviews and a FIVE STAR rating.

While he enjoyed this work, the surging number of gigs began to get in the way of his own work. Darren recently made the decision to end his work on Fiverr and focus on his own writing. However, Fiverr is an excellent tool for those needing help from freelance creatives.


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9 thoughts on “About D.C. Gilbert”

  1. I am a UT grad too, Darren – in theatre. Spent A LOT of time onstage and in rehearsals, having a ball.

    I spent 20 years in NYC, and would love to spend some time in North Carolina with my Shih Tzu TinkerToy at this end of my life (beautiful state in *many* ways). Small world, huh? I see from your sidebar that you and GP Cox are connected – could have predicted that one – lol.

    As an AF brat especially, I must conclude with THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

    1. It is indeed a small world. Go Big Orange! Thank you for your kind comments. GP puts up some great posts! And, thank you to your family for its service and sacrifice as well. Sophie sends her regards to Tink as well.

      1. Go Big Orange indeed – tho’ I must admit that I got “over-oranged” during my time there. Even though it used to be one of my favorite colors, I have kept only one orange sweater in my wardrobe.

        We’re military all the way back to the Civil War, but mostly engineers of various sorts, so in combat only in wartime. My Dad was a pioneer in the space program, my brother flew refuelers during peacetime and moved on to become a commercial pilot, my uncle was a surgeon during the Viet Nam war, and one of my relative’s projects was the NYC Holland tunnel. Many ways to serve, and all needed by our country.

        I know little from my Dad – unable to say much at all due to his top secret security clearance. My brother is naturally reticent, so he didn’t share much either, and my uncle didn’t want to talk about Viet Nam. So I’m really fascinated by GP’s posts – especially the ones with letters from his father. I’m eager to see your book framed around letters published!

      2. I have the same kind of history going back to the Revolutionary War. One relative fought at the Battle of Oriskany in the Mohawk Valley of New York, another survived Valley Forge. We are a bunch of patriotic fools! Spanish American War, WW II, Vietnam, Iraq. Long family tradition. I still have a few orange things in my closet.


      3. Service in our genes, yes? I have framed photos all over my walls (one from a tintype).

        My biggest Orange surprise (no pun intended) was when I accompanied my college boyfriend into a smallish upscale men’s store and saw an entire RACK of orange cashmere blazers! Pricey, too.

        Whenever I tell that story folks laugh, but I know my non-TN. friends think I’m hyperbolizing. I know that YOU believe it literally because you know exactly what I mean. Game days were always a sea of orange, and nothin’s warmer than cashmere. lol I even had an orange raincoat back then.

      4. LOL! I have seen that same RACK of orange cashmere blazers. And yes, they were pricey!

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