New Stuffs

I’m slowly starting to write new stuff again and send it out. I’ve received a number of rejections, which is unfortunate. But thankfully, they’ve all been rather positive, with many editors providing feedback and encouraging me to let them know when I decide to submit again. And thus, I continue to submit, submit, submit (which is probably the most important part of the process other than the writing and revising, of course).

Some good news: I’ve got an excerpt from the manuscript I’m working on published in the new issue of Bamboo Ridge, which you can pick up here.

Also, Hawaii Pacific Review just published a flash fiction piece I wrote, which you can check out here.

As with much of my writing, both look at social issues in Hawaii. The first, the societal pressures facing teenagers and adolescents; and the second, the homeless sweeps, high cost of living in Hawaiʻi, and abandoned cars.

More soon,


Between Sky and Sea reviewed in the International Examiner

Aloha all,

Just a quick post today. This morning I woke up to a wonderful surprise—a review for Between Sky and Sea in The International Examiner. If you want to check it out, you can do so here.

If you haven’t picked up my debut yet, you can still buy it at a discount via my publisher, Bamboo Ridge ( as well as SPD  (

For those who have picked up a copy, I cannot thank you enough for your support. If you loved the book, consider sharing your thoughts on Goodreads.

More soon,


My reading at the award ceremony for the Elliot Cades award for Literature

I’ve uploaded my reading from this year’s award ceremony for the Elliot Cades award for Literature. Thank you to the Hawaiʻi Literary Arts Council for this honor. As a local writer, it means everything. Thank you to Danielle Lanakila Carreira Ching, my family, friends, fellow writers, colleagues, and teachers who helped to inspire and guide me with your love, support, and knowledge, and to Eric Chock, Darrell Lum, and Bamboo Ridge for giving my manuscript the chance.

Special shoutout to the amazingly talented Tyler Mcmahon for winning for established author, and Patrice Wilson and Michael Little for receiving the Loretta D. Petrie Award for outstanding service to Hawaiʻi’s Literary community.

Check out my reading below:

A quick update

Aloha all,

A quick update: an excerpt from one of my project’s in progress has been accepted by Bamboo Ridge and will be published in the 40th anniversary issue coming out this fall. I’ll post the link when the issue is released, but if you’d like to get first dibs and support the press, you can subscribe to BR here. While you’re there, also check out the bookstore for everything new; my novel is also still available at the introductory price, so pick up a copy if you haven’t done so already.

I also have two pieces out for consideration, so keep your fingers crossed!

My final update is a big one—last month at the Hawaiʻi Book and Music Festival, I was awarded the Elliot Cades award for Literature, emerging author. I am honored and grateful for the recognition and am especially thankful to all of you for supporting and reading my work.

It’s been a little while since I’ve updated the “works” section of the page, so I’ll also be going through and adding any a few new items there. For those who are also interested, I am available for readings, workshops, and visits. The best way to get in touch with me is via Twitter, so Direct Message me there. Email also works.

More soon,



Aloha all,

Some exciting news: first of all, I’m currently at work on my new novel, Who You Know. Things are moving quicker than I expected, and an excerpt was just accepted for publication in Bamboo Ridge‘s 40th anniversary issue coming out in a few months. I was fortunate to have one of my first pieces accepted by Bamboo Ridge, and that short story led to the publication of my debut novel, so I find it fitting that a sliver of the next one finds its home there.

Without revealing too much, Who You Know is about the disappearance of Jorden Freitas, a senior at Castle High school; the journey of her classmate, Erin Fernandez, a witness to the crime, and her investigation into a community she thought she knew.

In addition, I’m also (maybe) working on a collection of stories, but more on that later.

In other news, I will be facilitating a fiction/short story workshop at the Koʻolau Writer’s Workshop. If you’ve never attended, it’s an amazing event, and this year features keynote speaker Shawna Yang Ryan, along with workshops from Chris McKinney, Timothy Dyke, M. Thomas Gammarino, Pamela Sakamoto, and Brenda Kwon. Check it out here:

More soon,


Chapter Two – coming soon


I can’t wait to share what I’m working on and my experiences over the last year.

In the meantime, as part of the Words @ Mānoa creative writing conference, I will be running a workshop on getting published and publishing local literature. For more information and to register, please click here:

BETWEEN SKY and SEA reviewed in Sunday’s Honolulu Star Advertiser

Aloha everyone,

First of all, thank you to those that have visited my site and supported my work since I launched it last year and since I started writing a little over six years ago, especially everyone who picked up my novel over the last eight months.

I have been waiting with baited breath for reviews to come in, and it’s been so wonderful to personally hear from people who have experienced the story of the Teixeiras and their struggle in the wake of tragedy, addiction, and the complications of growing up local. As previously posted, last month I was excited and grateful to find out that BETWEEN SKY AND SEA had made Honolulu Magazine’s list of “must have” summer reads, and just this past Sunday I found out that my novel was reviewed in Sunday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser. If you don’t have access to the paper, I have attached a photo of the review below.

For me, more than the review itself, it’s the knowledge that the story is out there and breathing.  When it came to BETWEEN, this was an important part of why I wrote it, giving these characters and this story life.

If you have a reaction to share, please don’t hesitate to leave it below or message me directly at

If you haven’t picked up BETWEEN SKY AND SEA yet, you can do so via my publisher (best price) here: It’s also available via Amazon: and SPD:

Thank you all again.

More soon,



Bamboo Ridge’s annual fundraiser: good food, plenty of wine, and great local reads.

On September 27th, Bamboo Ridge Press will be throwing their annual Wine & Words fundraiser at Mānoa Valley Theater. It promises to be an amazing night with good food, plenty of wine, and great local reads. In addition, the event will include a raffle featuring art from BR writers and artists, plus a rare first edition of BAMBOO RIDGE.

It’s also a very special event for me as it marks the first time that I will be reading from my  debut novel in Hawaiʻi.

Other readers include the always brilliant and inspiring Christy Passion, who will be reading from her visceral debut, STILL OUT OF PLACE, and BAMBOO RIDGE #108 Editor’s Choice winners, Carol Catanzariti and Kapena M. Landgraf.

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s wine!

If you’re interested in attending, you can reserve seats here:

The event typically sells out fast, so book your seat early.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

D. Carreira Ching






Kahikāhealani Wight book signing at Barnes & Nobles in Ala Moana.

This Saturday (8/13), local author Kahikāhealani Wight will be signing copies of her book Rainforest Puʻuhonua at Ala Moana Barnes & Noble. This moving memoir of cultural awakening demonstrates her passion and skill as a writer and her love for Hawaiʻi. A regular contributor to Bamboo Ridge, Kahi has decided to donate a portion of her profits this weekend to Bamboo Ridge Press. Visit Barnes & Nobles at the Ala Moana Center, give them BR’s “Bookfair ID” (pictured) and make a purchase, and you’ll be helping to support Hawaiʻi’s writers and the state’s oldest independent literary press!