Daniel King is a Western Australian writer. Amethysts and Emeralds, his first collection of poetry, was published by Interactive Press in May. His collection of short stories, Memento Mori, also published by IP, won the IP Picks competition in 2010. His other published books are the novels Datura Highway and Vexil Excelsior (under his birthname, David King). His hobbies include surfing, following the latest developments in space exploration, and listening to the music of Mike Oldfield.