Every small town has its secrets. This one could tear his world apart.

Nathan Thomas feels grateful for his loving family and a steady job in a town where work is scarce. Still haunted by a deadly accident that severed his closest friendships, he hopes his bad luck is well behind him. But a fresh betrayal and a shocking revelation could take everything he loves away.


With his marriage strained to the breaking point, Nathan's forced to confront his devastating youth for answers. As he fights for his family, will accepting the crushing realities of his past let him secure a possible future?


The Lottery is a heartfelt novel set in a quiet Appalachian town. If you like relatable characters, true-to-life hardships, and unforgettable drama, then you’ll love D. K. Wall’s captivating story.

Buy The Lottery to experience working-class struggles and triumphs today!

This is the book that kept me up until 2 am because I couldn’t put it down. Wonderful characters, so well written I truly felt I knew them and a story that drew me in and kept me riveted to the end.

Once i started reading it i couldn't put it down. It had lots of twist and kept you on the edge of your seat wondering what would happen next.

Since I live in Western NC where it is set, I was drawn to it and found it to be very true to the small towns of the region and the challenges they now face.

Coming Summer 2020!

A young boy walks alone in the midst of a snow storm.

Six-year-old Jaxon disappeared from a small town in the North Carolina mountains. Ten years later, an emaciated teen appears with a tale of unimaginable abuse.


The sheriff thought he had solved the crime, but the boy's story leads him to a house of secrets and a horrifying mass grave. As the victims are identified one-by-one, the story of what really happened to young Jaxon comes to light.


While the police work to piece together the crimes, Jaxon's family struggles to rebuild their relationship with their long-lost son. His return rekindles the guilt each of them carries about the day he disappeared.


Jaxon craves the warmth and love of the family he barely remembers. But why does he deserve to be happy when his best friend from those dark years will never return?


Jaxon with an X is an emotionally charged standalone literary fiction novel. If you like rural settings, broken families learning to heal, and stories of personal endurance, you’ll love D.K. Wall’s absorbing tale.

Can Jaxon with an X find his way out of the cold?

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These sections highlight my various creative interests: books I read (about 100 a year), various short-form writings, and my life-long hobby of photography. Subscribers to my monthly newsletter are informed of new material.

Many years ago, I was recounting an event to a group of co-workers who were all laughing riotously. One of the audience protested, "I wish I had been there."

"But you were," I replied.

"Yes, but you remember it better than I do."

That's story telling. Take a nugget of truth. Highlight the interesting. Surround it with imagery. Weave a tale. Engage the audience.

My foundation? I've spent my entire life in Tennessee and the Carolinas, from the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains to industrial towns of Gastonia and Hickory and the financial center of Charlotte. Today, I'm married and live on the salt marsh of Murrells Inlet with a family of rescued Siberian Huskies known as The Thundering Herd.

I love the natural beauty of the regions from the majestic mountains to the gorgeous coast. I've worked in the struggling textile and furniture towns as well as the rapidly growing metropolises. My characters and tales come from that lifetime of experience.

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D.K. Wall

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