Five Surprising Things about Author D. C. Gilbert

Darren Gilbert’s surprising answers:

1.       Played guitar in a rock band while in high school. We did play at three local dances before the band members all went their separate ways.

2.       Hitchhiked 183.9 miles from Dartmouth, MA to North Adams, MA to visit my “then-girlfriend” when I was attending college at Southeastern Massachusetts University.

3.       Sheared the propeller shear pin in a 7-hp outboard motor on a rock, while fishing way over in the north part of Raquette Lake. Replaced the shear pin with a fish hook and made it all the way back to our home dock at Burke’s Marina.

4.       Caught shrapnel under my left eye while sitting in my jeep monitoring the radio for the Battalion XO at the M203 grenade range in Baumholder, Germany. Half an inch higher, and I’d have been blinded in that eye.

5.       Won best amateur couple at a USA Dance ballroom competition with my former dance partner. We did the Cha Cha, Tango, and Waltz.


This guitar-playing, ballroom-dance-winning hitchhiker was born in Ilion, NY, but grew up in North Adams, Massachusetts, nestled in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains. An avid reader, Darren Gilbert particularly enjoys military history, epic sagas, spy novels, and historical fiction.

In addition to serving in the U.S. Army from 1979 to 1983, he has over 33 years of martial arts training, including managing his martial arts school for 12 years. He has earned both undergraduate and graduates 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.

Darren is a member of the Military Writers Society of American and the Knoxville Writers Guild. In his spare time, he enjoys playing catch with his German Shepherd, Sophie.

Adirondack Bear Tales

True Bear Encounters in the North Woods

This is a delightful slim book of real-life stories from the author’s family encounters with bears at their camp in the Adirondack Park of upstate New York. There are bear brushes in the camp, the dump, even a laundromat–with children, adults, grandparents, even their dog Sophie. One chapter is named “Sophie and the Three Bears.” I was surprised that bears like birdseed–as much as deer in our suburban back yards in the midwest. The book’s illustrations, which aren’t credited, are also charming. Fun stories to share with your family.

D.C. Gilbert also writes award winning J.D. Cordell military action series. If you don’t mind rough language and gritty scenes, you’ll appreciate these good vs. evil thrillers.

Here are Darren’s books on his Amazon Author Page. Check out his website.

I’m hoping he’ll do even more memoirs. Ballroom dancing competition, wow!


  1. What a fun post! Here in the Granite State, law enforcement advises homeowners not to put out bird feeders because they attract bears. (In other words, don’t attract bears and then call us to complain when there is a bear in your yard.)

  2. I’ll be checking out Gilberts Amazon Author page for a book for my SIL ( LT.Col. – Marine) for a gift. Thanks for the great idea 🙂

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