Darien Gee is the author of the novels, The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society, Friendship Bread, and An Avalon Christmas.
She lives in upcountry Waimea on the Island of Hawai'i with her husband and their three children. When she's not corralling stories or children, Darien is figuring out what to make for dinner.
Darien attended Wellesley College and graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Political Science. She has served on the boards of several nonprofits, including the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library and ZYZZYVA, an award-winning literary magazine. Through it all she read voraciously, wrote short stories and journaled, and dreamed about one day writing a novel (or two).
In 2000 she and her husband had the crazy idea of quitting their corporate jobs, selling their things and moving to Hawai'i (note to reader: they also thought it would be fun to do this with no jobs, very little savings and while Darien was seven months pregnant). They landed on the Island of Hawai'i with four suitcases. Twenty banker boxes came by USPS via the slow boat a few weeks later.
The next few years were marked by odd jobs, some better than others, and kids. In 2007, Darien published her first novel, Good Things, under the pen name Mia King. Her second novel, Sweet Life, followed in 2008. In 2009, Table Manners was published.
Darien was homeschooling her children at the time, and started writing Friendship Bread after her daughter brought home a bag of Amish Friendship Bread starter and the bread. She wrote the first draft in five weeks, and then spent a year in revisions. Friendship Bread is the first novel written under Darien's own name.