About DC Gilbert

Darren C Gilbert

DC Gilbert was born in Ilion, NY but grew up in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. An avid reader, he particularly enjoys military history, epic sagas, spy novels and historical fiction. In addition to serving in the U.S. Army from 1979 to 1983, Darren has over 33 years of martial arts training including managing his own martial arts school for 12 years.  He has earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee and Western Governors University respectively. He is also a graduate of Executive Security International’s Executive Protection Program and is a Certified Protection Specialist.

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Darren is self-employed as a Field Underwriter for Symmetry Financial Group. Symmetry has a core philosophy that is very much in tune with his core values.

Symmetry Core Values

Relationships matter, people come first.
Relentless pursuit of personal growth.
Open, honest and productive communication.
We do the right thing even when no one is looking.
We act like owners because we own it.
Being of service and doing good in the world.
We have fun and we get stuff done.

Symmetry Financial Group offers programs in Life Insurance, Disability, Critical Illness, Retirement, and SmartStart. Darren is currently licensed in North Carolina and Tennessee. Please feel free to contact him if you any questions, needs, or are interested in joining the team.

Author

As well as being an avid reader, DC Gilbert loves to write. His novel, Serpents Underfootand collection of short stories, Adirondack Bear Tales, are both available from Amazon.com.  Darren currently lives in Asheville, NC with his German Shepherd, Sophie.

Writing and Blogging

In addition to writing novels, Darren enjoys blogging and has been doing so for about 10 years. He posts information about his books and related activities, financial services, book reviews, food reviews, information about German Shepherds, short stories, pro-military stories, and occasional political musings on his blog.

Upcoming Sequel

He is currently working on the sequel to his first novel, Serpents Underfoot. It will include a return to Vietnam, more Montagnard history, and of course, thrilling action with JD Cordell!

Darren Gilbert also provides freelance writing services through Fiverr.com. He has written book descriptions, author’s bios, and fight scenes. His clients have includes authors of children’s books, poetry, self-help books, fiction, non-fiction, and even musicians. His level of work has provided for many repeat customers and has earned him great reviews and a FIVE STAR rating. If you are interested, or need help with a writing project … feel free to give him a shout!

Isshinryu Karate

While he no longer runs a karate dojo, Darren Gilbert stays as active in martial arts as he can with his busy schedule. He attends several seminars a year and works out with friends and fellow martial artists. He began his Isshin-ryu training with Sensei Allen Wheeler in 1983.  His last formal instructor was the late Sensei Sherman Harrill. Other influences have been John Kerker, Eddie Satterfield, AJ Advincula, Louis Grinnell, and Remy Presas. Darren also studied Tae Kwon Do while stationed at Camp Casey in South Korea from December of 1981 to December of 1982.

Karate Areas of Interest

Darren Gilbert likes to focus on traditional karate with an emphasis on a solid understanding of the basics, understanding the kata and the application of the lessons learned from kata in self-defense.

7 thoughts on “About DC Gilbert”

  1. I am a UT grad too, Darren – in theatre. Spent A LOT of time onstage and in rehearsals, having a ball.

    I spent 20 years in NYC, and would love to spend some time in North Carolina with my Shih Tzu TinkerToy at this end of my life (beautiful state in *many* ways). Small world, huh? I see from your sidebar that you and GP Cox are connected – could have predicted that one – lol.

    As an AF brat especially, I must conclude with THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

    1. It is indeed a small world. Go Big Orange! Thank you for your kind comments. GP puts up some great posts! And, thank you to your family for its service and sacrifice as well. Sophie sends her regards to Tink as well.

      1. Go Big Orange indeed – tho’ I must admit that I got “over-oranged” during my time there. Even though it used to be one of my favorite colors, I have kept only one orange sweater in my wardrobe.

        We’re military all the way back to the Civil War, but mostly engineers of various sorts, so in combat only in wartime. My Dad was a pioneer in the space program, my brother flew refuelers during peacetime and moved on to become a commercial pilot, my uncle was a surgeon during the Viet Nam war, and one of my relative’s projects was the NYC Holland tunnel. Many ways to serve, and all needed by our country.

        I know little from my Dad – unable to say much at all due to his top secret security clearance. My brother is naturally reticent, so he didn’t share much either, and my uncle didn’t want to talk about Viet Nam. So I’m really fascinated by GP’s posts – especially the ones with letters from his father. I’m eager to see your book framed around letters published!
        xx,
        mgh

      2. I have the same kind of history going back to the Revolutionary War. One relative fought at the Battle of Oriskany in the Mohawk Valley of New York, another survived Valley Forge. We are a bunch of patriotic fools! Spanish American War, WW II, Vietnam, Iraq. Long family tradition. I still have a few orange things in my closet.

        Darren

      3. Service in our genes, yes? I have framed photos all over my walls (one from a tintype).

        My biggest Orange surprise (no pun intended) was when I accompanied my college boyfriend into a smallish upscale men’s store and saw an entire RACK of orange cashmere blazers! Pricey, too.

        Whenever I tell that story folks laugh, but I know my non-TN. friends think I’m hyperbolizing. I know that YOU believe it literally because you know exactly what I mean. Game days were always a sea of orange, and nothin’s warmer than cashmere. lol I even had an orange raincoat back then.
        xx,
        mgh

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