DL Cordero: a latinx author writing new fantasy books
D.L. Cordero is a Puerto Rican, nonbinary fantasy author living and working in Denver, Colorado. They reside with their kick-ass wife, Sophia, and Sophia’s Spawn of Satan cat, Lunesta. Outside of creative writing, DL is a licensed professional counselor specializing in military populations, trauma recovery, and LGBTQ issues.
A Word About Pronouns
D.L. identifies as nonbinary, which means they do not solely identify as man or woman. D.L. uses the singular ‘they’ and respectfully requests you do the same when referencing them.
Why I write
Creative writing feels like a compulsion, something that’s so deeply ingrained that if I don’t write books, part of my identity feels lost. When I was young, I carried notepads and pencils with me while walking to school, shopping for groceries, and cooking for my family. I jotted down plot ideas and characters, constructed marvelous epics, and drew rough sketches. All of these early narratives were about someone fighting to find their place in this world. Someone who had been tossed aside, hurt, and made to feel insignificant. This same person trusted in their strength and it was through their empowerment that they overcame and found peace.
Combine that overcomer with magic, the supernatural, and a penchant for the twisted, and you get D.L. Cordero, the current author of dark fantasy fiction. Yet, while my stories continue to feature superhuman protagonists, the plot lines, themes and character identities have become layered. The pacing of each narrative is quick, the dynamics intriguing and fun. But underlying the fantasy is something intensely real. The fallout of systematic oppression. Marginalization. Navigating the world while being a person of color, queer, and transgender.
My goal in writing my fantasy novels is to provide readers with exciting and engrossing stories that prominently emphasize diversity and inclusion. I live at the intersection of identity, with only parts of myself validated and acknowledged given ever-changing contexts. A person with privilege and disadvantage. Someone who overcomes barriers by empowering themselves through self-acceptance. My fantasy novels are imbued with this experience and the desire for belonging.
Whether you read Lighter Series, my flash fiction Slay Saturday, or my Trans-formation Tuesdays reflections on transgender representation, you will find this layered experience in every story. May you be down for the thrill ride and stick around for the growth.